Friday, 8 June 2018

Miniature Wargames Issue 423

The latest issue of Miniature Wargames arrived in the post on Wednesday, and I have managed to read it during breaks during my downsizing project.

The articles included in this issue are:
  • Welcome (i.e. the editorial) by John Treadaway
  • Forward observer
  • Send three and fourpence: The Right Tool For The Job (or how I learned to stop worrying and love Sharp Practice) by Conrad Kinch
  • Tales of the Towpath: How to make a canal of wharf by Dave Tuck and Malc Johnston, with photographs by Malc Johnston
  • Spotsylvania County: Virginia, May 1st 1863 by Jon Sutherland, with photographs by Diane Sutherland
  • Show Preview: The Joy of Six by Peter Berry and John Treadaway
  • Hooray for Hollywood: Cinematic scenario design by Nick Hughes, with photographs by John Treadaway
  • Darker Horizons
    • Fantasy Facts
    • Under the brush: The very best of the SALUTE 2018 painting competition photographs by Roger Dixon
    • Scouting Parties: A preview of Vanguard by Manic Games by James Dyson, with photographs by Manic Games
    • Preaching to the Unconverted: How to convert North Star's plastic Dwarven infantry by Graham Green
  • Light Division: Tactical Napoleonics for Players with a Small Board by Robert Piepenbrink, with photographs by Michael Hamon
  • It's On The Cards: Card-driven activation for army-level Portable Wargames by Arthur Harman
  • Recce
  • Grow your own terrain: The continuing tales of a wargames widow by Diane Sutherland
  • Show Report: Hammerhead 2018s: A moveable feast by John Treadaway
  • Club Directory
So what did I particularly enjoy in this issue?

The stand-out article for me this month was Arthur Harman's It's On The Cards ... and not just because it contains a card-driven activation system for army-level battles using my PORTABLE WARGAME rules. Arthur has taken my simple system and developed it into something that is far more sophisticated but not a great deal more complex. Furthermore, it can be used with other rules, which makes it even more flexible.

Of the rest ... I found Robert Piepenbrink's Light Division interesting because it is aimed at wargamers who – like me – do not have a lot of space, and Conrad Kinch's Send three and fourpence was – as usual – good value.

All-in-all, this was another good issue that was in my opinion well worth its cover price.

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