Thursday, 19 March 2015

Miniature Wargames with Battlegames Issue 384

The April issue of MINIATURE WARGAMES WITH BATTLEGAMES magazine arrived in the post yesterday afternoon, and from what I have read so far, it is another excellent issue. (I seem to say this every month, but this magazine does seem to maintain a very high level of readable and informative articles.)


The articles included in this issue are:
  • Briefing (i.e. the editorial) by Henry Hyde
  • World Wide Wargaming by Henry Hyde
  • Forward observer by Neil Shuck
  • Whistle while you wattle: The continuing tales of a wargames widow by Diane Sutherland
  • Fantasy Facts by John Treadaway
  • The march on Madrid: Gaming the Spanish Civil War: Part 1 by Andrew Rolph
  • Salute 2015 Official Show Guide
    • Welcome to Salute 2015 by Phil Portway
    • Sculpting the longbowman: How the Salute 2015 show figure was created by Alan Perry
    • The longbow: A stick that changed the course of history by David Barnes
    • The bowmen of England: The product of a nation organised for war by Alan Patrick
    • Salute 2014 painting competition
    • Salute 2015 Games
    • Salute 2015 Floor Plan
    • Salute 2015 Traders
    • Singray: Anything can happen in the next half hour by John Treadaway
    • Warlord memorabilia: Figures, mugs and other stuff produced by SLW by Stephen Dunn
    • The Battle of Araure: Simon Bolivar victorious in South America by Ian Spence, Des Darkin, and Martin Gane
  • Send three and fourpence by Conrad Kinch
  • Gravelines: Wargaming with Vauban fortresses: part 5 by Henry Hyde
  • Quick play the WRG way: Scouting out the new versions of DBA and HOTT by Dan Mersey
  • Hex encounter by Brad Harmer
  • Recce
  • The Battlegames Combat Stress Appeal report by Henry Hyde
I particularly liked:
  • Andrew Rolph's The march on Madrid ... which is not surprising considering my long-term interest in the Spanish Civil War
  • Ian Spence, Des Darkin, and Martin Gane's The Battle of Araure because the South American Wars of Liberation have always interest me
  • Dan Mersey's Quick play the WRG way because I have always thought that DBA and HOTT really helped wargamers understand that you don't need a huge table and thousands of figures to enjoy the hobby of wargaming.

2 comments:

  1. Bob
    Glad you liked the Madrid article. I suppose it was a natural way to split the material I sent to Henry but it does mean that Part One is all history and no game - which people tend not to like.

    Anyway I am currently in week 10 of a replay at my local club and the Rebels are in Campamento knocking on the door of Madrid. They have, however, ignored Toledo and as a result the Alcazar is about to fall, with detrimental effects on the Rebel morale. It's going to be close!

    Cheers

    Andrew

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  2. Rumblestrip (Andrew),

    The problem is that you cannot expect potential readers to know much about the background to the March on Madrid, so the history part of the article was necessary ... and I thought it was very informative.

    I can see why Franco switched the advance away from Madrid towards Toledo. To have done otherwise would have been a propaganda nightmare ... but he did miss catching the Madrid defenders relatively unprepared as a result. I will interested to hear how the campaign plays out and whether concentrating upon capturing Madrid rather than relieving the Alcazar is the course of action that Franco should have taken.

    All the best,

    Bob

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