The contents are as follows:
• Forward Observer: Busy boy Neil Shuck, still reeling from the shock of reading Tim Beresford’s article about top-down project planning, has looked about himself and now confesses his sins. He’s also been to ‘Operation Market Larden’, where he spent time with like-minded souls, and has his finger on the Kickstarter pulse.
• Up the creek! Faced with husband Jon’s desire to paddle his own canoe, Diane Sutherland ended up making lots of them, sufficient to create a fine fluvial flotilla. You’ll be ready to escape from the Iroquois or cross the broadest of bayous in no time at all.
• Fantasy facts: John Treadaway has been sniffing out the latest in sci-fi again, and looks at 7TV, Armies Army, Brigade Models, CP Models and finally, Dark World Creations’ magnificent Judge Dredd range. Out of this world!
• Can I be your condottiere? Gerard Miller looks at wargaming with the spectacular and much misunderstood mercenary companies of 14th and 15th century Italy. Lots of colour on show, thanks to photographic contributions from MWBG readers, and the author proposes two interesting battles to refight: Castagnaro 1387 and Caravaggio 1448, as well as suggestions for campaigning.
• Command challenge: The irrepressible Richard Clarke of TooFatLardies is brimful of ideas for WWII platoon-level games at the moment, and for this issue he presents a classic conundrum in small-unit tactics, with the British, supported by a 2″ mortar and Bren teams, flushing the Germans out of woodland. Will you pass the test?
• Send three and fourpence: Conrad Kinch is in pensive mood, thinking about the aspects of wargaming about which he either is, or is not, prepared to compromise. Will your list match his?
• Tommies in hot places: Top painter Mark Hargreaves provides us with a painting guide covering mad dogs and Englishmen… Well, British infantry in the WWI era, at least! Pith helmets, sandy shorts and all things tropical are the fare of this delightful brushwork lesson.
• The tide is turning: the Very British Civil War is a popular genre – and here it is, with extra H2O. Martin Penneck proposes a fun scenario in which a Royalist diving team plans to set charges and blow up the Mersey tunnels in Liverpool! Infinitely adaptable, I can see this being reworked to suit many WWII and later settings too.
• Wilson’s Creek 1861: Paul Stevenson is well-known for his scenario collections for Dave Brown’s Guns at Gettysburg rules, but here he rises to the challenge of a different ruleset, and proposes adaptations to the popular Black Powder rules. Fear not – whatever your preferred ruleset, there’s plenty here you can take away and use in your own gaming, and the battle itself is a Command Challenge in its own right.
• Meet Kevin Dallimore: John Treadaway talks to the brushmeister to find out what he’s been up to since his departure from Foundry and we are treated to a gallery of some of his astonishing work. A revelation for those who thought that this man was simply a black undercoat zombie!
• Salamanca’s siren call: in the first part of a short series, I reveal my guilty secret – a project I’ve wanted to do ever since I visited the original Wargames Holiday Centre in 1987, but have been faffing about too much to achieve. I begin taking the first step to salvation by working out just how much of Wellington’s great victory I can fit on the table once I’ve laid the ghost of the late Peter Gilder’s game to rest. Lots of maps!
• Thoughts from an armchair: Mike Siggins is in full cry on his favourite subject of boardgames, taking a look at the cream of the recent crop: Kingdom of Heaven and Napoleon Against Europe. Tempting stuff!
• And of course we have a packed Recce section, our Combat Stress Appeal, a competition sponsored by Hinds Figures/Hinchliffe Models… And maybe a little extra something, which you’ll have to wait for your copy to see!
That’s all – issue 365 beckons and will have the Colours show guide. Autumn already!