I'm trying to remember how many Salutes I've been to. Probably not that many. The first one I attended (and indeed my first wargames show) was in 1999, the last year that Salute was at Kensington Town Hall. I remember then going to lunch in Chelsea (where I used to live) to meet up with my ex-girlfriend from my Rome days, I, who was in town. I was a member (a princess no less!) of a very well known Italian historical family and, unlike most women, found the idea of wargaming intriguing.
There seemed to be a lot of ECW this year but this alternative siege of Worcester 1651 was the most impressive
I have been to most Salutes since then, although have missed a few, usually due to being abroad. I created a bit of a stir on TMP a few years ago by making negative comments about a group of what I saw as Nazi (rather than German) WW2 re-enactors when I felt that the South London Warlords should have had a word with them about some of the material they were selling but didn't. The ensuing debate got quite heated.
Guy enjoyed this recreation of one of his xbox games, Battlefield Bad Company. He said it looked just like the game setting!
Anyway, nothing so controversial this year as the re-enactors were for the American Civil War; this year's theme. I have mixed views about re-enactors. Some of them have done useful research which has thrown light onto some military puzzles from the past. But I find it rather odd that people in the UK want to be American Civil War re-enactors. Fair enough in the US but for some not really explainable reason I think that re-enactors for, say, the English Civil War are more understandable for people from Britain. Maybe it's a throwback to seeing a TV piece years ago about people from Essex who dressed up like cowboys, looked totally authentic and then ruined the effect by speaking in Essex (or such like) accents. Better than bad American accents anyway.
I had a list of stands I wanted to look at and things to buy (not much, really) and did quite well although, as usual I forgot some things (like getting some fully armoured pikemen from Warlord Games).