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    John Treadaway
    John Treadaway

    Front cover

    Yes it’s that time again! 415 is almost here so what’s in it? Well, more copy for a start!

    Portable Hammer

    The lead story this month is a repurposed set of historical rules: In Portable Hammer, Arthur Harman steps – yet again – away from his usual stomping ground of historical gaming to try a conversion of Bob Cordery’s popular The Portable Wargame (and Developing the Portable Wargame) systems for use as a set of fantasy rules suitable for large, fast encounters in almost any scale for predominantly ‘low magic’ scenarios, like Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

    Send 3 and 4 pence

    In Rolica and The Peninsular War columnist Conrad Kinch gives us a scenario for Command & Colours Napoleonics in his Send Three and Fourpence spot.

    The Silent City

    In The Silent City: The Armies of Rei Bouba, Chris Peers, author of Death in the Dark Continent, provides a unique army list for the system with hard to find period photographs and model painting by Kevin Dallimore for uniform details.

    In Reinventing an Old Friend Jon Sutherland offers the terrain placement system for his re-invented Ancients Hoplite rules in the third of a four part series.


    Plus there’s Shows: the editor takes a camera along to Colours and Hereward.


    We also have a scenery making session: the Wargames Widow makes river sections and the editor builds foam asteroids on the cheap…

    But there’s more: in Why We Paint Figures – and as a counter point to a piece in issue 413 – Noel Williams says why he gets his brushes out; and in Nostalgia… ain’t what it used to be Andy Copestake offers up the tips he gleaned when bringing his love for a Retro Project to the table-top.
    For reviews we have Fantasy Facts (with its sweep over non-historical gaming with releases from Modiphius, Osprey, Warlord, Crooked Dice, GZG, Hexy Shop and Brigade); Forward Observer with (mostly) historical wargaming reports on MiniFigs, Warlord, Osprey, Warbases and Adler. Finally we have Recce for a dozen book reviews. And the free (smaller but still perfectly formed) Club Directory!


    The magazine is already available for pre-order on the website.


    John Treadaway


    "They don't have to like us, snake, they just have t' make the payment schedule" Lt Cooter - Hammer's Slammers
    Phil Dutré
    Phil Dutré

    Good issue!

    The only thing that irritates me a bit is that there seems to be a trend of writing scenarios, geared towards specific rulesets. E.g. C&C seems to be popular these days 😉 Although the clever wargamer can always transform these to the ruleset of his choice, I prefer scenarios written without a specific ruleset in mind. But perhaps that’s just me …

    I’ve also added the issue to my growing index of wargaming magazines: http://snv-ttm.blogspot.be/p/wargames-magazine-database.html

    norm smith
    norm smith

    It’s out in WH Smith’s today (21st Oct), picked it up, a nice issue and some extra content, with two of the Club Directory pages dropped and a couple of other pages, so four out and four new pages in. Enjoying my copy with coffee now!


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