I have just uploaded Photography for Wargamers to my Gladius Payhip site, a compilation of articles I wrote when I was editor of MWBG. Priced at just $1.99, all profits will go to the Battlegames Combat Stress Appeal.
A new venture for Gladius Publications: rulesets. And the very first is a corking colonials game penned by popular veteran gamer Steve Thompson. Head on over and check out the offer – and all purchases will help Combat Stress too, with 50% of all profits going to the charity that looks after the mental health of our veterans.
In 1987, Miniature Wargames magazine published an article on a subject rarely covered at the time: "Fictitious Wars", by N H Hyde, the man now known to thousands of wargamers simply as "Henry". He later went on to produce and publish Battlegamesmagazine, before becoming the editor of Miniature Wargames with Battlegames, a post he held until 2016. In 2013, his wargames bible The Wargaming Compendium was published by Pen & Sword, which went on to become a best-seller in hardback, paperback and on Kindle.
Nowadays, wargamers refer to games and campaigns conducted with completely imaginary forces as 'imagi-nations' gaming, but back in 1987, when this article was first published, few wargamers knew anything about the idea unless they were devotees of the late Charles Grant and his 1971 book The War Game or perhaps had a copy of Brigadier Peter Young and Colonel Lawford's Charge! on their shelves. But in the early 2000s, Henry joined an online group of so-called 'old school wargamers' who remembered this article and the wargaming ethos it represented.
Here, then, is the author himself reading the article, which includes both an introduction to this style of gaming, and an entertaining report of an example game. You can also download a free copy of the original article, which contains illustrations, maps and an Order of Battle of the forces mentioned in the audio file.
Henry now runs the Battlegames Patreon site, crowdfunded by his fans, HERE* where he provides podcasts, blog posts, videos and much more.
This is the first Gladius Publications audio product and we have plans for many more.
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I have received numerous queries relating to the magazine in recent days and since many of these issues relate to matters over which I have no control, such as the digital edition and the new 16pp fantasy & sci-fi section announced in an ad in Tabletop Gaming today, it seems best to let you know about developments as they relate to me.
Issue 402 will be my final issue of MWBG. The publishers want to try some new ideas to take the magazine forward, as is of course their right, so I have decided that it would be best if someone with a fresh perspective shouldered that responsibility, and my resignation, which was accepted last week, takes effect once this issue goes to press.
Warners are in the process of appointing my successor who will take over from issue 403. No appointment has yet been made as far as I am aware, but of course I am sure that whoever takes over will do a great job.
I shall be saying my formal farewells in my final Briefing of issue 402 which goes to press at the end of next week, and of course you'll also read my final Forward Observer, World Wide Wargaming and the last instalment of the Wars of the Faltenian Succession. Lots to do!
Therefore, I would be grateful if you would allow me to complete my task as best I can over the next ten days or so, in order that this issue is up to the same standard as all the previous ones. Whilst I shall do my best to keep track of online comments, I must concentrate on doing a professional job right to the end, and the fact is that there will be many questions to which I simply cannot provide answers, and it is the team at Warners to whom queries should be addressed (contact details are all on page 3 of the magazine). I shall therefore refrain from commenting until my task is complete.
In addition, it must ask you to stop sending me submissions – until a successor is appointed, I can only pass them on to Warners for the next Editor to assess. Moreover, those of you who have already sent me submissions must let me know whether, for any reason, you do not wish your article(s) to be passed on to Warners. I shall assume that, unless I hear from you, you are happy for your article(s) to remain in the content armoury for the magazine going forward and the new editor will be in touch in due course.
It has been a pleasure and an honour to have steered the merger of Battlegames with Miniature Wargames, and I cannot express how grateful I am for all the support I have recieved over my ten years in wargame magazine production from all of you, but it is time for me to leave my baby behind and move on to pastures new, and of course you all know where to find me online.
I am sure that the team at Warners will keep you apprised of future developments and I wish them, and the magazine, every success for the future.
Terrain Squares for Wargamers Collection Part 2 On Sale Now
Following the positive feedback I received about the Terrain Squares Basic Collection, (though with 27 variants, they certainly weren’t all ‘basic’!), I realised there were so many more possible permutations that would be useful to wargamers that I decided to carry on creating more. Terrain Squares for Wargamers Collection Part 2 is the first of the extra volumes, and there will be more in due course.
This collection contains:
Stream bend with hills
River bend with hills
Meandering river with hills
Road bend with low hills
Straight road with low hills
Two contour hill
Little and larger hills
Cluster of small hills
Lone small hill
Kink in road
Kink in road with low hills
Cart track bend
Cart track meets road
Meandering cart track
Meandering cart track with hills
Wooden bridge over river
Stone bridge over river
Large open wood
Open wood with cart track
Straight road through woods
Extra terrain elements (trees, walls, hedges, intact and ruined buildings and rough ground. Cut them out and place them on your terrain squares).
These large (10cm x 10cm) squares are at 200dpi – great for printing out! – and can be mounted on card to help you plan your own scenarios, or even be enlarged to form 2D terrain in their own right, which could be used for games with miniatures (especially micro-scale), ‘block’ units or even games like Airfix Battles. However you decide to use them – have fun!