I went to Salute with a very specific list of 'wants' and left with everything I was looking for. This year I was shopping right up to the end of the show and a bit beyond it. My last purchase of the day took place about 10 minutes after the show had officially closed. I had been unsuccessfully looking for a Flames of War US Parachute Mortar Platoon and found it quite by chance in a bargain box on the very last stall I went to!
~ German Panzergrenadier HQ from Marquee Miniatures*
~ German Panzergrenadier Platoon from Marquee Miniatures*
~ US Parachute Mortar Platoon*
~ FoW Objective Marker - US Command Tent from Battlefront
~ FoW Objective Marker - Fuel Dump from Wayland Games
~ FoW Barbed Wire Obstacles from Wayland Games
~ FoW Artillery Template*
~ Zvezda Stuka, free from Marquee Miniatures
~ T-Shirt from Help for Heroes
~ 3x Packs of Medium Gravel from Antenociti's Workshop*
~ Greenstuff (Lots of it!)
~ 3x Testors Dullcoat Spray from Antenociti's Workshop*
~ Painted Building (Destroyed Terrace) by Fieldworks.*
~ Painted Building (Destroyed House) by Fieldworks.*
~ Summer Tufts Short and Long from Antenociti's Workshop
~ Salute Torch/Laser Pen
~ 28mm Bromhead - Black Scorpion Miniatures*
~ 28mm Wayland and his Forge, free from Wayland Games.
All the items listed with a * at the end were on my pre-show shopping list, the rest were 'impulse buys'. I think you'll agree that was a successful shopping trip! It looked like all the retailers present were doing brisk trade, with plenty of money changing hands. The show also 'felt' busier than the last few years which I hope is a sign that the event is continuing to grow and that the industry is thriving, even in these tough economic times. I'd be interested to see any figures that might come out to support this view.
All in all Salute 2012 was a roaring success from my perspective. I had a great time, bought everything I wanted, met up with lots of interesting people and saw some truly amazing demo games. Not bad for a one day show.