Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Miniature Wargames Issue 418

The latest issue of Miniature Wargames arrived last weekend, and I have only just managed to read it.

The articles included in this issue are:
  • Welcome (i.e. the editorial) by John Treadaway
  • Forward observer
  • Send three and fourpence: To the victor the spoils: A Black Ops scenario set in an alternative 1979 Britain: Part 2 by Conrad Kinch
  • Hell by daylight: 20th Century skirmish rules: Part 1 by Jim Webster
  • The sands of the Sudan: Constructing a 28mm Show Game by Martin Gane
  • The Black Mountains of Hazara 1888: A Colonial conundrum to contemplate by Jon Sutherland
  • Dragonmeet: Is it for wargamers? by Roger Dixon
  • Darker Horizons
    • Fantasy Facts
    • The Gate Guardians of Gondolin: Converting and painting a realistic Elven army by Graham Green
  • The Catalonian Campaign: 1808 – 1809 – Gouvin against Reding – and the Battle of Valls by Michael Hamon
  • Recce
  • Carpet Bombshell: The continuing tales of a wargames widow by Diane Sutherland
  • Six addiction: The role of dice in wargames by Andy Copestake
  • Club Directory
So what did I particularly enjoy in this issue?

Pretty well everything ... which was a bit of a surprise! I particularly enjoyed the second part of Conrad Kinch's To the victor the spoils, and as a well-known advocate of Colonial wargaming, Martin Gane's The sands of the Sudan and Jon Sutherland's The Black Mountains of Hazara 1888 were always going to get the thumbs-up from me. Likewise, as a collector of Napoleonic figures, Michael Hamon's The Catalonian Campaign was also of interest to me.

Despite my misgivings about an article that describes how to paint a 'realistic' Elven army, I did find Graham Green's contribution interesting, and Andy Copestake's Six addiction reminded me of a story I heard some years ago at Connections UK about an American general who could not bring himself to throw dice during a wargame because he thought it demeaning ... and employed a senior NCO to do it for him!


  1. W.r.t. your last paragraph: in the early days of personal computers training, some professors at my uni brought a Ph.D. student with them to move the mouse. Moving a mouse was too demeaning for a professor.

    1. Phil Dutré,

      How times change! I still come across the odd technology 'dinosaur' ... but they do seem to be becoming 'extinct'.

      All the best,


    2. We had a student put the mouse on the floor and try to operate it like a sewing machine foot pedal.

    3. Stu Rat,

      Now that is something I would love to have seen!

      All the best,



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