03 May 2013

Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy issue 66

The latest issue of WS&S happens to be American Civil War themed, which was a lucky coincidence since my buddy Thomas lured med into the period (and 6mm) so getting a better understanding of the armies outside the basic knowledge I had and being able to read a very nice mini campaign was great.

The mini campaign in the book is was played using Black Powder and Fire & Fury, but me and Thomas intend to play "Longstreet" once those rules are released. I don't think we should have any problems replaying this campaign since it is very open ended as to which rules you pick and only provides scenario objectives and detailed information about the battles and force charts.

Rick Priestley's column talks about how rules these days feel forced to support themselves with official miniatures to be taken seriously. I agree to some extent, but I also know that players tend to use miniatures from other sources if they are of at least equal quality and cheaper than those official miniatures - an example of that would be the thousands of tanks from Plastic Soldier Company that have made their way onto Flames of War tables, and there are other manufacturers such as Peter Pig, Forged in Battle, QRF etc that offer miniatures that are either cheaper or of units which aren't produced by Battlefront. But in general, yes, players get anxious if they aren't offered a "starting alternative" of miniatures, especially if they come straight from a Games Workshop background with little knowledge of alternative manufacturers and the hundreds of various wargaming companies out there.

Richard Clarke makes the wargamer within me cry out in terror when he writes about throwing old miniatures away, but other than that he also makes a good and interesting point about miniature ranges these days not going anywhere. I can think of a couple of ranges that have changed owner over the last couple of year and production have been maintained and even expanded upon. I can't even imagine how harsh it must have been "back in the days" with ranges popping up and then vanishing.

Apart from all other quality content you will also find my ramblings in one column about how I think the internet has served our hobby well, and my review of the excellent boardgame "Spartacus".

The best wargaming magazine on the market continues with its high quality. If you aren't already subscribing it is well worth the money.


  1. I loved your article (It got a special mention on my blog! ). Like you I grew up in the dark ages before home computers and the internet. My first fumblings in wargaming and painting were messy and unguided and now I look back and wonder how I managed without the Internet.

    In some ways I was lucky in that I had a good group of like minded friends around me to bounce ideas off of but in those early days I couldn't found a local club to go to and didn't attend game conventions. My circle of gaming friends was very small for years and it only grew beyond that group when I started Blogging, found a 'club' and started meeting people at shows. All thanks to the World Wide Web.

  2. Thanks :-)
    My first years in the hobby were completely pointless, neither did I know what to collect, did not play any games and learned nothing about painting techniques. I managed to buy and paint up a WHFB Dark Elf army which was, by newbie standards painted OK.

    I even had a break from the hobby for something like 2 years before returning to it more by chance than by determination and around that time a lot of clubs around these parts started having their own forums and it became easier to find people to play with, and it went on from there.

  3. I shall pop down to Smiths and pick this up now, I didn't realise the new one was out yet. Throw miniatures away, please tell me no one is actually doing that, There's so much lead in my loft I'm probably at risk of being poisoned!


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