Wednesday 14 November 2018

Miniature Wargames Issue 428

Just as I seemed to have finished reading the last issue, the latest issue of Miniature Wargames arrived in the post ... and I've just finished reading it.

The articles included in this issue are:
  • Welcome (i.e. the editorial) by John Treadaway
  • Forward observer
  • Send three and fourpence: Geography is destiny: A collection of thoughts on terrain by Conrad Kinch
  • Show Report: Tabletop Gaming Live 2018 by John Treadaway, with photographs by John Treadaway, Michael Douglas, and Richard Hallam
  • Child's Play: Forays into wargaming with a six year old by Dr Richard Sly
  • Havelock at Aong: India – July 1857 by Jon Sutherland, with photographs by Joe Dever
  • Show Report: SELWG 2018 by John Treadaway
  • Darker Horizons
    • Fantasy Facts
    • Utúlien'n Aurë!: The day has come! First Middle-earth Elven cavalry conversions by Graham Green, with photographs by John Treadaway
    • Alien Worlds: Skirmish level simple SF rules by Neil Goodacre, with photographs by John Treadaway
  • Send a gunboat: A load of old junks ... by Dave Tuck, with photographs by Malc Johnston
  • Simple sword play: Developing a minimal set of rules by Allan Tidmarsh
  • Recce
  • Trench warfare: The continuing tales of a wargames widow by Diane Sutherland
  • The numbers game: In support of numerical superiority in games by Matt Moran, with photographs by John Treadaway
  • Club Directory
There was a little less sci-fi and fantasy in this issue, which to someone with my tastes was no bad thing. I particularly enjoyed Jon Sutherland's Havelock at Aong (anything colonial always goes down well with me!) and it was nice to see a new name - Allan Tidmarsh - amongst the contributors.

One item not mentioned above did strike me, and that was an advert for a 'Miniatures Editor' to work alongside the editors of both Tabletop Gaming and Miniature Wargames. I am hoping that this is being done to relieve John Treadaway and his opposite number as Tabletop Gaming of part of their workload and is not an early indicator that both magazines will end up being amalgamated ... a rumour that I have heard from more than one source.


  1. Bob, I noticed that ad. too, and began to wonder along similar lines. If that comes to pass, that'll be the end of my subscription!
    I thought the Numbers Game article was, frankly, an incoherent and contradictory ramble that had nothing to do with 'numerical superiority' in the usual sense of that phrase, although it did raise some pertinent points about rules design that deserve better consideration.

    1. Arthur1815 (Arthur),

      If the two magazine do become one, I'll be cancelling my subscription as well.

      I'm glad that I'm not the only person who felt that THE NUMBERS GAME article needed editing to make it clearer to understand. It felt more like a draft than a finished article.

      All the best,


  2. Long time since I haven't taken a look to MW. I have focused mainly on Wargames Strategy and Tactics since two years ago.

    1. Anibal Invictus,

      I also subscribe to WSS, and if MW goes to the wall, it will be the only mainstream wargame magazine I will subscribe to.

      All the best,


  3. This must be the same prolific blogger Allan Tidmarsh who has a range of stylish looking photo based gaming blogs such as

    1. MIN ManofTin,

      I'd not come across him before, but I'll certainly follow the link that you have included to find out more.

      All the best,



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