Issue 402 marks a major shift, the last of one era of the magazine and the prelude to a new future. Outgoing editor Henry Hyde has made sure that his last issue packs a punch, covering a broad range of topics as always.
In Prelude to Kursk, the last installment of The red empire strikes back – fighting the Great Patriotic War one battle at a time, Andrew Rolph concludes his series of Ostfront scenarios with the Germans making a brave bid to pinch out one of the Russian salients near Kursk.
In Memoir 1643, Arthur Harman provides a complete set of rules for seventeenth century battles played on hex terrain, owing much to popular ‘crossover’ boardgames, with glorious photos of Andrew Brentnall’s magnificent 12mm ECW collection.
In Little Wars – the first miniature wargames, Benjamin Bourn celebrates the man who got it all started, back in the mists of time – the master storyteller and wargame inventor H G Wells.
In Grenouisse at bay part 4, the outgoing Editor takes us into the final chapter of the Grenouisse at Bay campaign, the latest installment of the never-ending Wars of the Faltenian Succession. The players wanted action – and they got plenty of it!
Craig Armstrong tells us It’s the little things, extolling the virtues of sub-28mm gaming and exhorting you to tread the tiny path.
And finally we have a show report from The Other Partisan 2016 by Neil Shuck who travelled to Newark on our behalf.
Of course, we have our regular spots too:
In his Briefing The Editor bids a fond farewell to the magazine he has nurtured since 2006, wishing it and its loyal supporters well.
In World Wide Wargaming, The Editor takes his final reconnaissance flight over the digital front line, where our hobby is evolving at the speed of light and providing us with new opportunities.
The Editor completes his regular spots this month with Forward Observer, steadying his binoculars to scan the wargaming horizon and see what’s heading our way.
Diane Sutherland gives us Spanish walls in her Continuing tales of a wargames widow. She has been dreading husband Jon’s demands for even more scenery, so now she pins him to the table, mutters “Nuestra casa tiene altas paredes blancas,” and picks up the knife.
In Fantasy Facts, John Treadaway scans the forthcoming fantasy and sci-fi horizon and finds that it is full of delights for the discerning gamer.
Norm Smith has a go at Wargaming my way, our series featuring a different wargamer every month. He steps up to tell us about his unique approach, based around limited space and constrained circumstances. It never fails to amaze how creative wargamers can be! Next time, it could be you…
In Hex Encounter, boardgame specialist Brad Harmer-Barnes posts his valedictory column, casting a fond look over his shoulder at the hexes he has encountered along the way.
In his Send three and fourpence column, Conrad Kinch provides thoughts on wargaming as a group endeavour.
The Editor gives a special Battlegames Combat Stress Appeal report this month, which includes a new initiative, the Combat Stress Kit Collection, which makes it possible for you to send kits, miniatures and wargaming accessories direct to the veterans undergoing Occupational Therapy. Please help!
And finally, our regular review slot Recce.
Our front cover photo, by the Editor, was taken as fire took hold as Prunkland’s forces stormed the city of Contre Rivière in the climactic battle of the Grenouisse at Bay campaign described in these pages. The figures are mostly 30mm plastic Spencer Smiths of 1970s vintage, with some Foundry.
Create and print your own rivers from A4 sheets of paper
4 rectangular segments (269 x 130 mm);
5 turn segments 15°, 30°, 30°, 45°, 60°;
Stream width: about 60 mm (1 1/3 in).
The color compatibility: Battle mat (014) Grass plain and Battle mat (015) Grass plain.
The segments can be shrunk down by adjusting the print size percentage.
Tomb of the Serpent, the latest campaign supplement from Pulp Alley (the game of extraordinary action and adventure) is available for pre-release orders from today, (13th September) for shipping on 13th October.
The Tomb of the Serpent release includes a campaign book and an optional campaign deck of cards.
The campaign expansion book includes optional rules for Horror and Solo play, plus a thrilling multi-scenario campaign for 1 to 4 players. The scenarios can be played Solo, using the recently released Solo Deck instead of the usual Fortune Deck. The campaign has an Egyptian theme. Price £13.50
The Tomb of the Serpent Campaign Deck contains special campaign themed cards to go into Fortune and Reward Decks, Campaign Record Cards, Relics and character cards for adversaries including terrors, leaders, sidekicks, allies, followers and gangs. Price £10.50
Sally 4th has put together three pre-release deals.
Tomb of the Serpent Campaign Deal includes supplement and campaign deck at 10% discount (£21.60)
Terrain Deal 1 includes Tomb of the Serpent supplement and campaign deck together with the Sally 4th Terra-Block Tomb of the Serpent terrain set, which is the ideal terrain for Egyptian tombs. Priced at £50, saving £9 compared to purchasing individual items.
Terrain Deal 2 includes everything in Terrain Deal 1, plus the Sally 4th Terra-Block Fothrington Hall terrain set which is ideal for the ‘Haunted House’ scenario from the campaign, Priced at £79, saving £15 compared to purchasing individual items.