On display were (in no particular order):
From the Dystopian Wars website:
The Dystopian Wars game is set in a Victorian Steampunk world and we have designed the rules to ensure a fun game with a large selection of high quality models in a couple of hours. The rules support Naval, Aerial and Land models from the outset, so that you can set up battles and scenarios in any combat setting.We had a couple of 'first games' of it going on tonight, some hilarious episodes based on the exploding dice mechanic and some highly unlucky critical hit table rolls!
|Dystopian Wars mid-game|
|The Covenant of Antarctica heavy walker that critically wrecked the French über-tank.|
Yes, it does look like an armoured crab.
Yes, I did continually remind Paul that he has crabs.
Yes, I am a child.
|A naval battle between Prussian and Britannian forces|
|Rather swanky looking Britannian aircraft carrier|
From the Bushido the game website:
...Bushido falls into the ‘skirmish game’ category: all miniatures represent individuals and your force consists of a small group of unique characters rather than a big faceless army. A game of Bushido is fast-moving, flexible and filled with strategizing, counter-strategizing and counter-counter-strategizing. Your tactical acumen is important, but as dice add an element of randomness, so too is your ability to think on your feet. A typical game of Bushido takes between one and two hours to play – more if you are new to the game, less if you are a seasoned veteran.
Rich and Jim both picked up some last minute (dare I say impulse?) buy starter sets for this, and it looked like a lot of fun. I didn't get much of a chance to observe the rules in play, but the starters come with the rules, which is always a nice touch and they are lovely models for sure, I may very well be investigating this one myself at some point...
No web site précis that I could find, so I'll summarise Saga as a skirmish style game, played with about 20-30 models using a blend of warlord, trained and untrained (levy) units. It's set in ancient britain (around the first millennium) and the force choices are framed around this era. So lots of vikings, anglo-danes, normans, anglo-saxons, welsh, etc.
So nearly bought my own starter set for this on the day at Salute, but couldn't quite bring myself to spend the extra cash despite nice models and an interesting rules mechanic. The simplicity of the force set-up definitely appeals (no endless combinations of upgrades and such like to worry about, most units cost 1 point and that's that!) and the rules themselves seemed to flow very nicely indeed with the flavour of each participating force coming from their saga rules, which themselves tie in to their saga dice rolls that are random every turn. Rob and Simon certainly looked like they were enjoying themselves and of course Simon already had a million models painted ready for it... Curse him and his ridiculously high levels of painting output! ;-)
|Normans facing off the Anglo-Danes|
|The black stones represent fatigue, an interesting game mechanic|
what I did do...
"But Rob, what did you do?" I don't hear you ask! I spent the evening preparing my two #warmongers #miniswap figures, for @_darkdreams and @sylvester_33. Did I take pictures of them then? Surely I wouldn't have forgotten to, I mean that would just be silly... Oh :-(