Saturday, 25 October 2014

Miniature Wargames with Battlegames Issue 379

The latest issue of MINIATURE WARGAMES WITH BATTLEGAMES magazine arrived in the post this morning, and I hope to spend a couple of hours reading through it later today.

The articles included in this issue are:
  • Briefing (i.e. the editorial) by Henry Hyde
  • World Wide Wargaming by Henry Hyde and Norm Smith
  • Forward observer by Neil Shuck
  • Hot fun with a glue gun: The continuing tales of a wargames widow by Diane Sutherland
  • Fantasy Facts by John Treadaway
  • Death of a wargamer: The passing of Allen Elmer Curtis by Henry Hyde
  • Ancient Ancients: A nostalgic review of the miniatures of yore by Rob Young
  • Let's fight Oporto 1809: Part 1: background and construction by Jonathan Jones
  • Wargames photography: Master your digital camera or phone: part 3 by Henry Hyde
  • Send three and fourpence by Conrad Kinch
  • Wargaming, hexes and small tables: Making the most of a small space by Norm Smith
  • Command challenge: Variations on a theme of Teugn-Hausen by Steve Jones
  • Cheaper but still cheerful: Building Successor armies on a budget by Jim Webster
  • Staying alive: a reply by Arthur Harman
  • The Battlegames Combat Stress Appeal report by Henry Hyde
  • Hex encounter by Brad Harmer
  • Recce
There is lot of stuff in this issue that I will enjoy reading (particularly Norm Smith's article about wargaming in a small space and Arthur Harman's reply to Barry Hilton's article in issue 378) ... and one article that I will not enjoy.

The latter is the obituary for Allen Curtis, and I will not enjoy reading it because I knew Allen quite well and we had shared interests outside the strict confines of wargaming. I enjoyed his company and loved wargaming with him, and had hoped that we would be able to meet up again the next time he was able to visit the UK. That is now not going to happen, and knowing that saddens me.


  1. Never met Allen, but we did talk via emails and he owned a Garrison Khmer army. Yes, he was one of the hobbies characters, very helpful to people and will be missed.

  2. Xaltotun of Python,

    Allen will be missed by everyone who knew him.

    All the best,