Saturday, 24 May 2014

Miniature Wargames with Battlegames Issue 374

The latest issue of MINIATURE WARGAMES WITH BATTLEGAMES magazine arrived in yesterday morning's post.


The articles included in this issue are:
  • Briefing (i.e. the editorial) by Henry Hyde
  • Forward observer by Neil Shuck
  • From roof to road: The continuing tales of a wargames widow by Diane Sutherland
  • Fantasy Facts: Just look at the size of my etchings by John Treadaway
  • Chotusitz 1742: A Frederican fest in Grimsby by David Tuck, Tony Waumsley, and Malcolm Johnston
  • Send three and fourpence by Conrad Kinch
  • The Grassus Gambit I: The landing at Litus Flavis by Bart Vetters
  • Defending the Empire: Building a Martian fort by John Treadaway
  • The Mongols in Europe: Part 1: the Russian Campaign by Mick Sayce
  • Competing views: An assessment of the tournament scene by Martin Stephenson
  • 10 steps to horsey heaven: Stepwise painting for equine miniatures by Kerry Thomas
  • Command Challenge: Three fords, three ways by Steve Jones
  • Hex encounter by Brad Harmer
  • Wars of Absolutism: An 18th century campaign system by Roger Underwood
  • Recce
  • The Battlegames Combat Stress Appeal report by Henry Hyde
I particularly enjoyed reading the article about Roger Underwood's campaign system, and thought that it would not take a lot of work to adapt it for other historical periods.

10 comments:

  1. Much to my surprise the Hex Encounter article gave me food for thought.

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  2. Nobby,

    I thought that it was an interesting addition to the magazine's usual coverage.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  3. Personally, I'm becoming concerned that there are rather a lot of regular columns by the same authors each month.

    I was particularly disappointed that 'Fantasy Facts' has reappeared: but that's because I have no interest in futuristic grunts armed with lasers and AFVs mounted on hovercraft skirts! Surely such a concept would be completely impractical in terms of fuel consumption - unless one had some anti-gravity material like Wells' Cavorite - and ludicrously expensive? Recent events in Afghanistan, Nigeria, Ukraine et al. suggest that much future warfare is more likely to involve relatively low-tech, partisan/terrorist/militia forces than high-tech, professional ones...

    Command Challenge, OTOH, I like because there is a variety of authors, periods, rules systems &c.

    WSS is beginning to look more attractive.

    Regards,
    Arthur

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  4. Arthur1815,

    I must admit that the 'Fantasy Facts' section only warrants a skim through by me. I usually find the rest of the magazine enjoyable, even if the articles don't always cover areas that interest me. I hope that it will not become formulaic ... as it tended to under its previous editor. In the meantime I shall be sticking with it.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  5. Bob,

    I certainly won't desert Henry and MWBG yet - though an e-sub is starting to make more sense financially.

    That would leave spare cash to buy WSS when it has a theme that interests me.

    Best wishes,
    Arthur

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  6. Arthur1815,

    I did consider an e-subscription, but chose the printed version ... for the moment.

    I do buy other wargames magazines as well, but only when they have articles hat interest me.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  7. I read this with some interest as I have not bought any magazines this year, a new years thing, no unpainted models either. Although you don't really review the magazine as such the contents don't exactly inspire me. I have a very certain feeling that I'm really not missing out on anything - which is a shame. Be good to hear this changes, best wishes, JJ

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  8. Warpaintjj,

    I used to buy all three glossy wargames magazines, but over the years I gradually stopped buying any of them. I felt that the content was either being too repetitive, uninspiring, or too product dependent.

    I started buying MINIATURE WARGAMES WITH BATTLEGAMES when Henry Hyde took over as editior ... and in my opinion he has managed to avoid producing a duff issue so far. All right, not every article covers something that interests me, but there are always some articles that do.

    I don't do an in-depth review of the magazine because that is done elsewhere. What I try to do is to make regular blog readers aware of what each issue contains so that they can choose whether or not to buy it. I hope that one day you will read one of my blog entries and think to yourself 'I will take a look at that issue the next time I see it on sale somewhere.'

    All the best,

    Bob

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  9. Well said Arthur1815. That Arthur Harman crops up far too frequently. Damn that cut and paste! ;-)

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  10. Robertpeel999,

    How very true ... and rumour has it that yet another of his articles appears in the most recent issue.

    All the best,

    Bob

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