30/01/2019 at 11:08 #108420
Yes, it’s that time again! Issue 431 of Miniature Wargames is almost with us. What do we have for the readers?
On the cover – with an evocative piece of artwork – we an American War of Independence double feature with Kings Mountain. This has rules plus a scenario and – if that wasn’t revolutionary enough – we have Command Decision the Race to the Dan River February 1781 by Jon Sutherland.
Staying in that hemisphere but moving forward in time we have Cobrar Mambises! This has scenarios and figure suggestions for gaming the Ten Years War in 19th century Cuba.
The Woods is new approach to fantasy gaming with a scalable system – we have an introduction to the second edition by the author and it includes a sheep rustling scenario!
For WWII enthusiasts we have two Eastern front pieces with Tigers at Minsk which is a hex based table top game in 15mm (with downloadable rules) and – linked to that – Surviving Stalingrad: a setup for gaming the epic struggle.
Conrad Kinch gives us a Crimean war scenario in Send Three And Fourpence with Alma adapted from Command & Colours: Napoleonic rules.
There are a pair of info pieces: there’s an interview with Mantic on creating their new Nightstalkers range and an introduction to building 3d vehicles for Gaslands using Tinkercad software.
And you can build a fort in Darkest Africa with the Wargames Widow and a pile of waste cardboard packaging!
For reviews we have Fantasy Facts: The usual look at the latest products in F&SF gaming from GZG; North Stars new Tribal plastics; Corvus Belli’s Infinity Starter pack; Osprey’s latest Frostgrave scenario book, plus the latest Deep Cut products.
And there’s Forward Observer with (mostly) historical wargaming product reports North Star’s Prussians; Offensive Miniatures’ Winter Germans; Tiny Terrain; Perry Miniatures’ Agincourt plastics and more! Finally we have Recce for a massive 15 book reviews. And the free Club Directory!
Enjoy!30/01/2019 at 15:10 #108428Darkest Star GamesParticipant
Looks packed. Some good stuff there, plus free rules. Woot!
"I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."30/01/2019 at 15:21 #108434
That is one of the best magazine covers I have seen in ages, also interesting to see my Tigers at Minsk rules form the basis of an article … looking forward to this issue.31/01/2019 at 00:38 #108452
Thanks Norm: you are credited in the article too!31/01/2019 at 05:26 #108457
Thanks John, from the photographs, the game looks beautifully modelled, lit and photographed.
I have never really thought much about magazine covers, but I think last month’s ‘experimental’ cover was different enough to make me become ‘cover aware’, and conscious that for the occasional buyer, the cover may really matter. With that thought, I really like this months jacket, it is very reminiscent of some of the old Practical Wargamer magazines and for this gamer, it evokes something of a nostalgic pang and just looks, well ….. very wargamery 🙂01/02/2019 at 08:24 #108486
I worry about covers, Norm. Up until recently, I was against covers not having miniatures on the front: I figured that there were other magazines that had ‘Illustrated’ covers and I held that ‘Miniature Wargames’ had ‘miniature’ right in the title…
But I’ve been led to the conclusion that variety is the spice of life!01/02/2019 at 12:42 #108500deephorseParticipant
As someone who is going to buy the magazine regardless of the cover, I can see that the image may affect the impulse purchasers. I would just add that if you are going to feature figures and models on the cover then, IMHO, they need to be the best, like the Tigers at Minsk photos.
Play is what makes life bearable - Michael Rosen02/02/2019 at 01:45 #108517RetroboomParticipant
Norm, this is awesome! Congrats!
Richmond, VA. Let's play!02/02/2019 at 08:41 #108523
Thanks, it looks like the author of the piece has done a spendid job.11/02/2019 at 09:42 #108906
Miniature Wargames issue 431 (March 2019) is out at WH Smiths (UK high street stationers).
There is a lot of interesting stuff in this months issue and I say that without any consideration for the Tigers at Minsk article that Mike Jones submitted that highlight my (free) WWII hex based rule set.
This issue feels very much like a ‘wargamers’ magazine and I think this is reinforced by the splendid cover, which takes me back to the style use in the old Practical Wargamer magazine that brought so much wargaming pleasure.
There is a bit of theme around the American War of Indepenedence that includes a home brew set of AWI rules (Edit – I like these) together with a Kings Mountain scenario to go with them. The second part of Conrad Kinch’s Battle of Alma done with figures on hexes (Commands and Colors style) is eye catching and there is an interesting skirmish scenario on a Cuban plantation (1868 – 1878) with the mention of Sharp Practice rules. So overall, a good cover-to-cover read issue, more-so than usual I would say.
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