Monday, 25 April 2016

Miniature Wargames with Battlegames Issue 397

Whilst we were away on our recent cruise, the May issue of MINIATURE WARGAMES WITH BATTLEGAMES magazine was delivered, and I have only just managed to read it.

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
  • Bottle brush: The continuing tales of a wargames widow by Diane Sutherland
  • Fantasy Facts by John Treadaway
  • Send three and fourpence by Conrad Kinch
  • The red empire strikes back: Fighting the Great Patriotic War one battle as a time: Part One by Andrew Rolph
  • Colonial wars by proxy: Historical asymmetric warfare at arm's length by Jim Webster
  • The Featherstone Tribute: A weekend of fun and fierce fighting by David Brown
  • A funny little civil war: Wargaming the Sonderbund War of 1847 by Arthur Harman
  • Painting tiny chaps: Mastering brushwork on 6mm miniatures by Mick Sayce
  • Huzzah, huzzah for Texas!: The Battle of Salado Creek 1842 by Chris Swan
  • Hex encounter by Brad Harmer-Barnes
  • Hammerhead 2016 by Neil Shuck
  • Beachhead 2016 by Iain Dickie
  • Cavalier 2016 by Mick Sayce
  • Recce
  • The Battlegames Combat Stress Appeal report by Henry Hyde
When I first opened this issue I thought 'doesn't look like much to interest me in this month's issue'.

I was wrong ... and in fact I enjoyed every article I read and found inspiration in more than one.

Being overweight, I thought that Conrad Kinch's suggestion in his Send three and fourpence column to use a pedometer to record the number of steps one takes in a day or a week, and then to use that information within the context of fighting a campaign that involved long marches, was both subtle and inspirational. I also thought that the first of Andrew Rolph's The red empire strikes back scenarios was something that I could easily use, and that Jim Webster's Colonial wars by proxy put forward some very simple but effective ideas for generating fun campaigns that can be set in almost any historical period.

Yet another excellent issue ... the more so because I had originally thought that it might not be!


  1. Will pick it up- I'm a big fan of Jim Websters work.

    Cheers for highlighting it.


    1. Pete,

      Glad to have been of help; Jim Webster's articles are always worth reading.

      All the best,