Forward Observer: Neil Shuck takes a thoughtful look back at the last year in wargaming with some ideas on what we can look forward to in 2014.
The continuing tales of a wargames widow – clean sweep: Determined not to bale out of a tricky task, Diane Sutherland took a straw poll and decided to make hay while the sun was shining, stacking up another stunning success, scything her way through an entire broom in the process.
Fantasy facts: John Treadaway looks at more releases in the Fantasy and SF world – space ships, AFVs and figures – while asking the question “what makes for a suitable topic for Fantasy and Science Fiction gaming?” and, more importantly, what doesn’t…
The rise of Macedon 360-340BC: Andrew Rolph presents a simple but clever campaign system for two or three players to fight for hegemony over ancient Greece, using simple battle rules such as DBA that don’t require many miniatures. Are you up to the challenge?
Send three and fourpence: Conrad Kinch contemplates the advantages of tackling one war with the toys of another – in other words, disguised scenarios.
Wargaming with Wesencraft: Paul Stevenson and Robbie Rodiss spend time with one of the great doyens of the hobby who has modestly ploughed his own furrow for more than four decades whilst inspiring the gaming of thousands.
Shedquarters story: Graham Evans, known online as ‘Trebian’, reveals how achieving one of his hobby dreams proved to be quite an adventure.
Battle of the Khalka river 1223: Mick Sayce continues his series on the astonishing exploits of the Mongols in the early thirteenth century, as the marauders reach the Kalka River at the end of May 1223.
In circo: Arthur Harman relieves the post-festive season blues with a Roman chariot race that will also stretch your linguistic skills, so don that toga, strap on that gladius and thrill the crowds!
How to play the Spanish: Remember the rules with a reaction test listing the pithy “If surprised or Spanish”, as though the armies of the Dons wore a permanent startled expression? Brian North tackles the thorny problem of laying aside old prejudices and depicting the Napoleonic Spanish fairly.
Invader 1066: New contributor Stuart Smith opens his account with a tremendous set of rules for recreating both the conflict of 1066 beginning in Sussex and their subsequent campaigns aiming to dominate Saxon Britain.
Recce: our regular review column examines the “Longships” rules from Peter Pig, a new airbrush from Iwata, 15mm US Infantry Heavy Weapons from PSC, “Germany in Uniform Volume 1” by Paul Gaujac,/Histoire et Collections, “A Fistful of Kung Fu” from Adrea Sfiligoi/Osprey, Paper Strength units from grandmanoeuvre.co.uk, new Spray Colors from Revell, the Shogunate Japan cottage from 4Ground, 1/56 Jacobites and Redcoats from Crann Tara Miniatures, 20mm Spanish Civil War Republicans from Minairons, 15mm Late War British from PSC and finally, the new 10mm Mongols from Pendraken.
And finally, we’ve got a progress update for our Battlegames Combat Stress Appeal.
That’ll do – I’m already working on 371!