Friday, 29 April 2011

BMMS Dulwich

The Warlords will be at the British Military Modelling Society annual show, which will be held on Sunday 1st May 2011 at:

Dulwich College
Dulwich Common
SE21 7LD

10am - 4pm

We put on an ACW 15mm demonstration game of part of the Battle of Antietam - some pics of the show

Our ACW Game





The sunken Lane


The Union Advance

Diamond Geezer ( only one turned up) with their Salute WWI Party Game







Captain Blackadder and Baldrick

Some of the displays








General Show shots






Thursday, 21 April 2011

Salute 2012 - Notice to all wargaming clubs


Firstly I would like to thank all those Clubs who attended Salute on Saturday 16th April 2011, and hope you all had a good day. I think this year was one of the best ever, with many great looking and enjoyable games.

We are starting to plan for next year, and that brings me to the reason for this message. Last year we decided to send out the invitations by e-mail as it seemed the easiest thing to do at the time. However, club committees, and therefore club contacts, change.

If you are interested in putting on a game at Salute 2012 on 21st April 2012, please can you confirm your club’s preferred contact and the contact details (e-mail and postal address). And of course, if your contact details change (contact person, addresses or anything else), please let me know so that I can update records.

This way, we should be able to contact everyone who is interested for next year’s show.

Thanks for your time.

Jim Clark
SLW Displays Officer

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Salute 2011 - Games prizes

Thank you to all the gamers and clubs who gave up their time to put on such a wonderful selection of display and participation games at Salute 2011. Hopefully you were all thanked on the day but just in case we missed you, we were incredibly impressed. The quality this year was extremely high, and our judges had some tough decisions to make. I have included a few pictures of my favourites here, but there is a complete set of pictures covering these games and more in the Facebook album.

And so, the results...

Lance and Longbow Society - Best Demonstration game for: 'Verneuil'

Crooked Dice - Best Participation game for: ' 7TV'

Frothers Unite - Most Innovative Game for: 'Tron'

Newark Irregulars - Best Scenery for: 'The Christmas Offensive'

Crewe & Nantwich Wargames Club - Bill Brewer Award for the Best Painted Army for: 'The 'Alternative' Siege of Worcester 1651'

Continental Wars Society - Best Presentation in use on a Game for: 'The Assault on Friederichstadt'

Rather Large Towton Group - Most Impressive Troops for: 'The Battle of Towton'

University of Wolverhampton - Most completely Created Game for: 'Clad in Iron'

Staines Wargamers - Salute Challenger for: 'Fleet Air Attack at Taranto'

Loughton Strike Force - The Salute Challenge Shield for: 'Budapest 1944'

Monday, 18 April 2011

Salute 2011 Painting Competition results

Winners and runners up in the painting competition are now on this Facebook album. Larger pictures, properly processed, will appear on the Salute website in the coming week.

This is the best overall entry from all classes
1st (203) Peter Bell - Barbarian in Ruins

The best overall winner from the 3 categories: 1, 2, and 3;
(189) - Darren Linnington - Swiss Napoleonic unit

The best overall winner from the 3 categories: 4, 5, and 6
(401) Stuart Willis - Grym Squad

The best overall winner from the 3 categories: 7, 8, and 9
(203) Peter Bell - Barbarian in Ruins

1 Historical Wargames Single figure: Infantry or Cavalry – Up to (and including) 54mm
1st (023) - Andy Vallance - Crusader
2nd (013) - Robert Lane - Billy Bishop

2 Historical Wargames unit Infantry or Cavalry - 6mm to (and including) 40mm: 5 to 40 figures
1st (189) - Darren Linnington - Swiss Napolenics
2nd (250) - Javier Gomez - Chechen Infantry

3 Historical Wargames unit Other - up to and including 54mm: up to 5 figures or models*

1st (245) - M Mc Gechie - Artillary
2nd (042) - David Falvey - Charge of the light brigade

4 Science Fiction Single Figure up to and including 54mm Scale
1st (257) Charles Kirkpatrick - Zombie Hunter
2nd (014) Ray Osbourne - Werewolf

5 Science Fiction Wargames unit: up to and including 40mm: 5 to 40 figures

1st (401) Stuart Willis - Grym Squad
2nd (190) Darren Linnington - 15mm Aliens

6 Science Fiction Creature or Vehicle - creature/vehicle can be any size: up to 3 items*
1st (038) Robin Addison - Stormblade
2nd (402) Stuart Willis - Nurgle deamon Prince

7 Fantasy Single Figure up to and including 54mm Scale
1st (203) Peter Bell - Barbarian in Ruins
2nd (50) Scott Hockley - Y’sala and the darkness
Honorable mention (172) Conrad Mynett - Cornelious in Yellow

8 Fantasy Wargames unit: up to and including 35mm: 5 to 40 figures
1st (425) Jon Gerraghty - Neverborn
2nd (404) Stuart Willis - Morgul Knights

9 Fantasy Creatures or Vehicles - creature/vehicle can be any size: up to 3 items*
1st (411) Christopher Octive - Guardian of the Forest
2nd (414) Marta Slusarska - Rackham Eclipsant

10 Miscellaneous Class - any figure or unit not covered by the above 9 classes.
1st (406) Stuart Willis - Lord Dreadful
2nd (201) Peter Bell - Chaos Bust

11 Junior Class - any figure or unit covered by any of the above 10 classes painted and entered by a person up to and including 16 years old.
1st (407) Stephen Huber - Guard
2nd (263 Ari Nielsson - Monster Bust

12 SALUTE FIGURE - Painting the Salute 2010 Collectors Set
1st (180) Paul Batchelor
2nd (040) David Falvery

Unfortunately picture 406 (Stuart Willis' Lord Dreadful) has gone AWOL from the disc I have been given - hopefully Roger can email it to me and I will fix ASAP)

Many Thanks goes to all the groups below for their very generous prize donations.

Lost and found at Salute 2011

Various credit cards and a chequebook and a mobile were turned in. The cards and chequebook have already been returned to the various banks, and the mobile sent back to its owner.

We still have a ring which didn't get handed over to the ExCeL security team; if you think this might be yours, please call Robert on 020 7653 1970 or 07876 52 82 92.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Pictures from Salute 2011 - games and set-up

I have finished uploading the album of games at the show and a smaller one of the show set-up- there are over 140 pictures of games. Have fun! Pictures from the painting competition and the prize-giving will appear as soon as I get the discs from our photographer's Box Brownie...

Why not go and have a look...

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Salute 2011 is over!!!

Well, Salute 2011 is over and our lives are getting back to normal. We at the South London Warlords would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came to the show this year - to traders, to the clubs putting on the games, and particularly to you, the visitors.

We hope you had a great time at the show and that you managed to see everything you wanted. We have already started to put up the galleries of pictures on our website and on Facebook - there are, or will soon be, pictures of Salute ranging from the building of the show on Friday through to the close of the show on Saturday afternoon, including the games, the painting competition and the awards ceremonies.

So that you can start to plan for next year, the date of Salute 2012 will be the 21st April 2012. There will be much more information online as we get the planning underway.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

New trader!!!

After one of our traders has had to pull out at the last minute, Steel Crown Productions have been drafted from the top of the substitutes list - have a look at their 6mm sci-fi goodness...

Two days to Salute

Well, there are just two days to Salute now. There will be lots of work going on at ExCeL tomorrow as two dozen of us put in the hours to build the place - tables, chairs, staging, cabinets - and then in the afternoon the traders start to arrive.

I will take a camera and get a series of photos during the build. Hopefully I can get them on this blog and the Facebook page tomorrow evening, in case anyone's interested in seeing some 'before and after' pictures of the show.

These were from last year... I'll take a camera rather than just my phone, this year...

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

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Show specials and new releases have been added to the Show Specials page for:

  • Black Scorpion - Cutlass rules released, new pirate releases
  • World of Twilight - new releases and discounted starter packs and forces
  • Force of Arms - new SCW, WW2 and Vietnam releases

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Salute 2011 on TTGN

Zac at Tabletop Gaming News has created a tag to link to all Salute 2011 news articles on his site - This will show all the news items he has posted from every trader... pretty useful. Almost as useful as our own Show Specials and Offers page - actually, it's got more pictures :)

See you on Saturday,

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Show specials and new releases have been added to the Show Specials page for:

  • West Wind - new 15mm Forged in Battle WW2 with a 'buy five, get another one free' offer
  • Artemis Black - loads of specials, and a 'spend £100, get £10 cash back' offer
  • Wayland Games - huge store, cheap prices

Salute 2011 Painting Competition

NEWS FLASH! has offered to sponsor the return air fare to the overall winner of the Salute 2011 painting competition to the Crystal Brush 2012

We’re ready to sponsor return air fare to the worthy winner of Salute 2011 painting competition to Crystal Brush 2012. They don’t have to compete at the CB 2012 (it’d be a bit odd not to after travelling all that way), but the prize is not transferable. Closer to the date of CB2012, the prize winner finds out the price of the ticket and we reimburse them*  - Chern An Ng, Director of

*This is due to airline restrictions mandating the person who paid for the ticket having to be present at the point of departure

Monday, 11 April 2011

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Show specials and new releases have been added to the Show Specials page for:

  • Pulp Monsters - the first British hero on sale at Salute

And we also have this from Beasts of War...

After a hectic few weeks, we've finally had time to arrange our trip to Salute this year. We're all really looking forward to it.

We were also planning to film some coverage of the event and perhaps grab a few interviews with some exhibitors, gamers and Warlords to give our viewers, unlucky enough not to be able to attend, an overview of the event and perhaps capture some of the atmosphere for them.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Salute 2011 - getting there!

As you know if you've been to Salute in the past, we are most easily accessed via the Docklands Light Railway - the DLR. At present there are no planned works on the DLR on Saturday, but here's the link if you want to keep an eye on it, or check your connecting tubes. Just choose 'Future Dates' and set it for Saturday 16th April 2011.

Also, for those of you coming in for the weekend remember that London has the Marathon on Sunday, 17 April...

See you there,

Salute 2011 - GZG


Those of you who are regular customers of ours will know that we've been having some major changes going on since the last SALUTE, with a move of workshop last year followed by the busiest Christmas period
we've ever experienced, and now we are in the middle of a complete re-working of our webstore (which is why we've been closed to mailorders since the beginning of March, more on this below).

The most important thing is that we WILL be at SALUTE! We're on stand TJ15, our usual spot on the central aisle not far from the Bring and Buy area. When you come in the main entrance, go straight ahead to
the Warlords info stand in the middle of the hall, then turn RIGHT. After all the changes and upheavals we've gone through in the last few months, preparations for this year's show have been terribly rushed and last-minute; at this point I am still casting frantically to get enough stock done, and I'm prioritising the lines that I know are the most popular.  IF there is time next week I will get onto the other stuff, but I can't guarantee it - so my apologies in advance if we don't have every single thing in our range.

Important stuff to note for SALUTE this year:

1) SORRY, BUT NO CARDS! We will NOT be able to process credit/debit card payments at the show; we have been able to take cards in previous years, but due to being in the middle of the changeover to
online processing for our new webstore, we won't be able to take them at the show this year. So it is CASH ONLY this time I'm afraid - the good thing is that it will speed up the serving of customers, because processing cards at the show takes ages and slows everything down! While on the subject of serving customers, please remember that GZG is a one-man business (me!) and therefore the helpers I will have on
the stand are friends who have volunteered for that day only, they will do their best under pressure but please be patient and polite. :-)

2) As the new store isn't going to be online until AFTER Salute, we have no facility to take pre-orders this year; I do hope to have reasonable stocks of most of our regular items, but everything is strictly on a first-come, first-served basis, and once stocks are gone then they're gone! This will especiallyapply to any NEW items I can get done in time (see below), which may be in limited supply - so please make us one of your first stops once you get in to the hall.

3) All our PRICES at SALUTE are being held at our old pre-increase levels, as promised earlier - most prices have got to go up when the new site goes live, so don't miss this chance to get the stuff you want at the old prices!

4) NEW STUFF: well, I still hope there will be some - but I can't tell you what, as they are still waiting to be cast! I'm hoping that in the last few days before the show, once as much of the regular stock as possible has been replenished, I can get at least a couple of moulds' worth of new items made and some stock spun out of them. It'll be right down to the wire, some of it may still be hot from the casting machine when it gets packed in the van..... What I can tell you is that anything I manage to get done will be in the 15mm range - sorry to all the FT fans, I do promise to get back to you before too much longer! Exactly what gets made is in the lap
of the Gods, and there certainly won't be any time to preview or announce it here or anywhere else, so you'll just have to come along and see what we have on the day.

Best regards, and thanks again to everyone for your patience - I sincerely hope that everything will be back to normal soon!

For more info, please access our site via - the "old" store is still up there for browsing and news posts while the new one is being worked on.

Jon (GZG), Friday April 8th.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

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Show specials and new releases have been added to the Show Specials page for:

  • WSS Magazine - new issue out at Salute
  • Taban Miniatures - 10% discount for pre-orders, plus free bases. Also demos of the 'Eden' skirmish game.
  • Urban Construct - new tiles, painted models.

Maybe I shouldn't have done this update while my wife does lunch... the risks I take for this show.

Friday, 8 April 2011

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Show specials and new releases have been added to the Show Specials page for:

  • Marquee Models - discounts and free gifts!

Thursday, 7 April 2011

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Show specials and new releases have been added to the Show Specials page for:

  • Testudo - list of their specials, and a pre-order email address
  • Scarab - new releases and pre-order deals
  • Brigade Models - new releases

Monday, 4 April 2011

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Show specials and new releases have been added to the Show Specials page for:

  • Scheltrum Miniatures - figures, vehicles and barricades for the November Revolution
  • Mantic Games - Alessio Cavatore, games, free sprues and army deals

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Antietam-Turning Point of the Civil War

As this year's theme is American Civil War, here is a quick article on the background and the troops involved, and why Antietam was the turning point of the war and was chosen for the SLW Main theme game. For an indepth look a the battle, see Paul William's article in the programme.

In September 1862, Confederate General Robert E. Lee was to take the war to the Yankees and make the North fight on their own land for a change. This was to culminate in one of America’s bloodiest battles on its own soil .
The town of Sharpsburg was a modest size in 1862 with fertile Pastures in the surrounding area, where, many small farms dot the landscape, but in September 1862 these quiet settlements were to have 120,000 Union and Confederate soldiers fighting over every fence, every track and every ear of corn .
Why was it a turning point in the struggle of North and South, it was the Unions first major victory to date and with that victory. Shortly after the battle, Abraham Lincoln announced the Emancipation Proclamation, which proclaimed the freedom of 3.1 million of the nation's 4 million slaves, and immediately freed 50,000 of them, with the rest freed as Union armies advanced. Lincoln then announced that he would issue a formal emancipation of all slaves in any state of the Confederacy that did not return to Union control by January 1, 1863.
Antietam also brought the horror of the war to the people in that it was the first time the dead soldiers were photographed.

The two Armies:

General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia’s 55,000 troops were organized into two large infantry corps of ten infantry divisions, made up from forty infantry brigades.
The First Corps, the right wing under the command Major General James Longstreet, consisted of the six divisions:
The Second Corps, the left wing under the command of Major General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, consisted of the four divisions.
The remaining units were the Cavalry Corps, under Major General J.E.B. Stuart, and the reserve artillery, commanded by Brigadier Gen. William N. Pendleton. The Second Corps was organized with artillery attached to each division, in contrast to the First Corps, which reserved its artillery at the corps level.

The Union’s Army of the Potomac’s 85,000 troops, commanded by Major General George B. McClellan, consisted of six infantry corps, divided up into nineteen divisions, made up from forty six infantry and five cavalry brigades, which also included units absorbed from John Pope's Army of Virginia .

40k tournament round 1

The attachment is the scenario we will be using for this round. Please read this carefully, taking note of the primary and secondary objectives. It won’t be my fault if you forget the objectives and lose.

Also don’t forget to take a note of the kill Points both sides score during the game. While these will not be used to determine the winner (in this scenario) they will be used to break ties on the tournament table.

All games are to be played and results handed in by the end of Monday 16th May. I know that that sounds like it’s a long way away, but with all the Bank Holidays between now and then that’s just 5 Monday nights.



PS - you should have had this by email as well - including player contact details and the pairings for this round. If not, see PaD on Monday.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

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Show specials and new releases have been added to the Show Specials page for:

  • Gateshead Gaming - new 6mm buildings range, please pre-order.
  • JoeK Minis / BNS Miniatures - spend £20 and get a 20% discount voucher for your next purchase.

Friday, 1 April 2011

Salute 2011 - last day for advance tickets

Today (1st April 2011) is the last day to buy advance tickets for delivery to UK addresses. If you buy a ticket after this date, we will refund the money via PayPal (or simply not cash your cheque) rather than risk the tickets not arriving with you in time.

Tickets available from the Salute 2011 page.