It’s April, that means one thing – Salute Wargames Show!
This year several the Weagles members are going, some for the first time, as such it’s my duty as a reporter to give an insight in to how best survive the show if you’re going for the first time…
Heels are great, but not when you’re on your feet all day! Wear shoes that you’re happy to walk in for a good few hours, take it from me there is nothing worse than sore feet.
Set a Budget!
Salute has loads of retail stands, and I mean loads. It’s also really easy to spend a fortune and then spend another fortune. This is two tips in one, firstly set a budget and ideally take it in cash, lots of the stalls accept cards and it’s far too easy to get a bit spend happy if you’re just handing over plastic.
The second part of this tip is to not spend all your cash at once, if a stall has a large stock of something it’s ok to come back later and buy it then. You might see it cheaper at another stand after all.
Food & Drink!
Food and drink at ExCel is not cheap, there are also a few thousand people who at some point will all be looking for lunch or a cuppa at some point. The best way to avoid this is to take lunch with you, a packed lunch is the way forward, unless of course you want to pay £10 for a Subway and queue for 30 mins to get it….
Make a Shopping List!
This tip links back to setting a budget, it’s easy to make many (many, many) impulse purchases, as such plan what you really want to get, write a list and set a sensible budget cover the list with a bit of spare for those unexpected or impulse purchases.
Plan Your Day!
This tip is really a combination of all the others. Salute is a big event and it’s all too easy for 7hrs to go by without seeing even a fraction of what’s there. The full list of traders and games is available on the South London Warlords / Salute website, have a look through them and plan what you want to see and what stalls you want to visit.
It’s also worth while planning how to walk around the show, if you bounce back and forth between stall you’ll walk for miles, if you know what you want to see and where you want to visit you’ll see everything that you want to.
So, these are my top tips! If I’ve missed any let us know in the comments! Have a great day and keep an eye on my Twitter for pictures from the day.
It’s been a while since we last did a GW inspired cosplay post (just shy of two years to be exact) but with the Eldar taking centre stage in Gathering Storm II: Fracture of Biel-Tan, it was time to follow our past posts on Kosataya (Valhallan Guardswoman) and Khelga Khromaya (Russian style Space Marine) and do a post dedicated to Narga and her Dawn of War III inspired Howling Banshee.
Sam Griffiths (scs.sam) – The D.R.S.E (Wood Elves)
Steve Chambers (dontcallmeflossy) – Who’s ya Deady? (Undead)
With all coaches accounted for and the pre-match shows completed (there’s nothing better than elf cheerleaders!) it was time for the first round to begin!
The opening games of the tournament were brutal! 5 players ended their Blood Bowl careers permanently, much to the amusement of the crowd who were keen to get involved!
The Marauders Troll wasn’t in the best form as he kept getting knocked down (although sources close to the Marauders have said this may be a tactic to get more pay!) The Evergreen Invaders also appeared to have brought the wrong playbook as they were beating up the Nurgle Team! I hoped they washed their hands afterwards!
After the dust had settled Little Expectation had defied their own team name and taken an early lead, with a statement game against The Scaly Creeps, beating them 3-0 and inflicting a horrific 5 casualties! The Evergreen Invaders had also had a strong first game putting them only one point behind the leaders!
The second round saw Little Expectation take on The Evergeen Invaders while in a match that was more akin to mud wrestling than Blood Bowl The Irony Maidens hosted The D.R.S.E, and yes, the keen eyed amongst you will have noticed that D.R.S.E isn’t their actual team name, and it’s not for me to judge what Wood Elves get up to in their spare time but I’m not reporting it!
At the other end of the table The All-Stars took on the Scramblers while the two Lizardmen teams squared off in a mirror match, one commentator was heard to say it was like watching an old Godzilla movie as giant lizards smashed into each other!
It looks like the earlier reports of the Marauders Troll holding out for more pay were correct, with him spending a full 4 downs laying on the pitch! The Tiger Wasps also showed how good elves can be with one of the team performing a perfect interception despite being surrounded by 6 Orcs!
After the second round Who’s Ya Deady? Had managed to sneak past Little Expectation while the Invaders had dropped to 4th behind D.R.S.E, meanwhile the ScabbyEye Scramblers looked firmly in line for the wooden spoon…
The penultimate round saw Who’s Ya Deady? take on Little Expectation while the two Wood Elf teams squared off!
The Undead vs Chaos Dwarf match saw the two teams grind each other down, the issue for the Dwarves is that undead don’t get tired and despite a Ghoul learning the hard way why you don’t try to stop a charging centaur the stunties lost 2-0.
In the Wood elf grudge match D.R.S.E proved to be the better team on the day winning the match 4-3, however the Invaders took home to moral victory as they inflicted more casualties! The crowd even decided to get involved at one point rushing the pitch!
Once again the ScabbyEye Scramblers round themselves rooted to the bottom of the table as they suffered a loss to the Scaly Creeps.
In the last round there was all to play for with any of the top 7 teams technically able to walk away with the trophy, however in reality it was going to be a clash between the D.R.S.E and Who’s Ya Deady?
At the bottom of the table the two Orc teams squared off, both trying to avoid being the first team to take home the wooden spoon!
In the end the Undead couldn’t match the pure speed of the Wood Elves allowing D.R.S.E to capture the win, and with a massive 15 touchdowns across the event they also claimed that crown. Who’s ya Deady? didn’t go home empty handed though as their performance allowed them to hold onto the runner up spot as well as claiming the award for the most violent team with 12 casualties inflicted!
In the duel for the wooden spoon it was 0-0 until late in the second half the ScabbyEye Scramblers ended up with the ball in range of the Marauders end zone, in what felt like an eternity the Orc stood there as if confused by what was happening before hearing the coach screaming ‘Run you fool!!’ with that the Scramblers scored their first touchdown of the Weagle Bowl and secured victory over the Marauders!
Overall Winner – Sam Griffiths (scs.sam) – The D.R.S.E (Wood Elves)
Runner Up – Steve Chambers (dontcallmeflossy) – Who’s Ya Deady? (Undead)
Most Touchdowns (15) – Sam Griffiths (scs.sam) – The D.R.S.E (Wood Elves)
Most Casualties (12) – Steve Chambers (dontcallmeflossy) – Who’s ya Deady? (Undead)
Best Painted – Richard Langford (Hexwraith69) – Badland Marauders (Orcs)
Wooden Spoon – Richard Langford (Hexwraith69) – Badland Marauders (Orcs)
We’d like to say a massive thank you to all those that attended our first event and we’ll let you know the plan for the next Weagle Bowl as soon as we’ve recovered from this one!
We’d also like to wish a huge thank you to KR Multicase for providing prizes for the event as well as Counter Attack Bases for making the trophies! You both rock!
Good News! Based on the success of the 2016 event, we’re going to do it all again next year! Click here for details of the Weagle Bowl 2017.
COST: I would say first and foremost this could be the main reason, the 3 games mentioned above need very few figures, a starter set for MUMG only cost me £35 and that includes the rule-book in the pack, and with FG you can easily use nearly any old fantasy miniatures you have. Compare this to Warhammer & 40K, a starter army isn’t going to leave you with much change from £100, and that’s not counting the rule-book and in a lot of cases a separate army book.
Transport: face it, it’s easier to carry 10 figures than 100.
Something different: any of us that have roleplayed D&D or the like can relate to a small band of heroes doing battle and grabbing treasure, FG brings this with and easy to use tabletop form in a fantasy setting, and what with the success of the Dark Knight and Marvel movies, I’m sure we all what a piece of that action on the tabletop. Where the only new stuff we get for 40K is bigger and more expensive tanks, knights and more rules. Fantasy has tried to move on, but (in my opinion) limited success, but still new releases seem to yet again be big kits containing special characters or monsters.
I might be right, I might be wrong, maybe the two Warhammer games need to go back to their skirmish roots.
Well more accurately at the time of writing we’re in the process of moving!
Having been based at Hadleigh Library for over the last decade we’re now (due to losing our storage facilities) having to move our club. This, while initially being quite worrying, has been a blessing in disguise as we’ve manged to find an awesome new venue.
From our next meet (2nd April) we’ll be based at the 36th Ipswich Scout Hall in Ipswich.
The pictures below give a bit of a feel for the new venue and we’re really looking forward to this new era for the club, the best bit is we even now start an hour earlier, all our meetings start from 6.30pm.