Thursday, 17 January 2019

Miniature Wargames 430

The last few days have been a bit hectic, and I have only just been able to read the latest issue of this magazine.

The articles included in this issue are:
  • Welcome (i.e. the editorial) by John Treadaway
  • Forward observer
  • Send three and fourpence: How not to write a wargame scenario: The Battle of the Alma: Part One by Conrad Kinch
  • Jerusalem is lost!: Wargaming the Crusade Period by Dave Tuck, with photographs by Malc Johnston
  • Poltava: Ukraine 8 July 1709 by Jon Sutherland, with photographs by Diane Sutherland
  • Scale Compromise: Cold War Micro armour for middle age eyes by Glyn Marsh, with photographs by John Treadaway
  • Darker Horizons
    • Fantasy Facts
    • Rangers of Shadow Deep: An introduction to the system by Joseph A McCullough, with photographs by John Treadaway and Kevin Dallimore
    • Kromlech: Adding detail: an interview with the manufacturer by James Dyson, with photographs by Kromlech
  • Club Spotlight: 1066 and all that: The Editor and the theft of England by John Treadaway
  • Blackmail, Nags & Dags: Skirmishing on the English and Scottish Borders in the 16th Century by Chris Swan, with photographs by John Treadaway and Chris Swan
  • Recce
  • Distinctly Danish: The continuing tales of a wargames widow by Diane Sutherland
  • Club Directory
As usual, Conrad Kinch's Send three and fourpence was a good read, and Glyn Marsh's Scale Compromise makes a good case for using 1:200th-scale models and figures to recreate Cold War battles on Hexon terrain.

I was also intrigued by the Danish field boundaries modelled by Diane Sutherland. Whilst reading about the 1st and 2nd Schleswig Wars, field boundaries (which I understand are called 'nicks') seem to have been used by the combatants as cover. It was my understanding that they were banks of earth with hedges on top of them ... but the boundaries she has modelled are wattle fences atop banks of stones. This is certainly something worth looking into in more detail, if only to satisfy my own curiosity.

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