Wednesday, April 10, 2019

After Salute shareout, parting thoughts.

We're back. Semi rested, taking a day off to readjust to our timezone, and do things like update the blog and getting orders out.
This was my second trip to London in 6 months, the first being my trip to BLAM. That was a great experience filled with fun players and great looking games.
It did nothing to prepare me for SALUTE.
I won't go into specifics, but it's massive. I've had the pleasure of going to San Diego Comicon several times. It was like that, but with miniatures.
Every manufacturer in Europe was there. Almost too much to shop, especially when you have to run a game, and have no suitcase space and are destitute from the flight prices.
The Hordes unleashed!
 A strange mushroom table.
 Simon Miller's To the Strongest Game. More hordes!

 Almost bought a bunch the Darklands miniatures.
 Lace Wars

Speaking of games, it looked like everyone brought out their best toys and scenery. Again, I didn't get much time to roam and take pictures.
We had our own game to run!
James at Oshiro Model Terrain pulled out all the stops to make a fantastic version of a miniature Limehouse. It was the perfect back drop for the new Fistful of Lead: Tales of Horror.

 The Count mesmerizes the World's Greatest Detective

 "Best not to be out and about on these streets tonight, mum".

 The detail included the insides
In my zone.
Count Starlinski and his brides had taken up residence in the area and were preying on the locals. Enter 4 teams of Hunters bent on the Count's destruction. They included Sherlock Holmes, Professor Moriarty, Gentle Hunters and band of local street toughs, the Bashers, not happy with their neighbors getting eaten.
We spent the morning trying to get players. Most everyone was too busy trying to get their own shopping lists full. We finally decided to start playing ourselves, and as they say, "if you play, they will come".
Immediately we had our players along with other in line and onlookers asking questions.
We ended up running 2 full games with the forces of good, and evil trading wins.
I got to meet some fans of the rules along the way, and make some new converts.
Special thanks to Nick and Mark for helping run the game. Nick of has an amazing new miniature line especially made for Gothic Horror: Highgate Miniatures, available through Oshiro.
Both games had great moments. Lots of baclstabbing, double dealing and dice gone wrong.
It was definitely a whirlwind. No sooner had we begun and I looked around to find everyone cleaning up. I quickly ran around filling friend's shopping lists and trying to nab a few things for me.
My haul:
 Some DUST miniatures I've been eyeing. Not Willy Wonka and his minions for a future ToH game, paint, some nice scatter terrain from James and the whole current Highgate line.
 Highgate Vampires are fantastic.
and a Copplestone frost giant.
I've already been asked to attend and run a game next year. Guess I better start writing rules and saving pennies...


Maudlin Jack Tar said...

That's a fabulous looking game Baron!

Khusru said...

I second that statement

Simon Quinton said...

Nice pics. Great looking game you ran as well!

Riot said...

Wow tables look fantastic!!

Glad the trip was worth it.

William Butler said...

Great looking table. Lots of details throughout the area.

Skully said...

Great impressions! Too bad I will never make it to Salute.