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Looking Back for Inspiration

I'm starting a new project (more on that in a later article) and am beginning the process of gathering information, buying books and tracking down old magazine articles. The Internet is a fantastic resource for this and of course, it also opens up the possibility of buying long out of print books and magazines. I recently picked up an old copy of Wargames Illustrated for a single article that links to my new project but I have found myself thoroughly enjoying the whole magazine, and not necessarily for the reasons you may imagine. I have pretty much stopped buying paper copies of magazines now. Those that I do subscribe too I receive as electronic copies and when I do buy a hardcopy I usually pass it on to friends or family, simply because I don't have storage space for more than a handful (it's surprising how quickly the pile grows when you get three or four magazines a month). I have also come to realise that if I need a particular issue the internet makes it fairly easy to track down to purchase. Not

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Armour In Profile from Military Modelcraft International

If you're into models – the plastic kind – be sure to catch our 12-page article about Panzer-Abteilung 160 in the latest issue of Military Modelcraft International (April 2019, Volume 23, Issue 06). Apart from 22 photos, it contains 6 colour profiles created specifically for this article.Armour In ProfilePaper and digital copies of the magazine are available from Military Modelcraft International:Leaping Horseman BooksMilitary Modelcraft International

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Strategy & Tactics 315, Mar-Apr 2019

Red Tide South - A Potential Soviet Attack on Italy: A number of factors raised the potential for World War III in the early 1980s. While the main Soviet threat was aimed at Germany, danger also lurked in southern Europe and the Mediterranean.Other Articles:Bloody Stalemate at Borodino: The French invasion of Russia in 1812 was intended to be a knockout blow, but the Russians let the scorched earth of their hinterland sap French strength. Finally, in September, the Russians turned to fight near the village of Borodino, opening the possibility of the long-sought decisive battle.Second Boer War: The Second Boer War, lasting from the summer of 1899 to the spring of 1902, pitted the British Empire against two small Boer Republics in South Africa.Bronze Age Cataclysm - The Collapse of the Civilized Near East: From the 12th to 11th centuries BC, a series of conflicts in the eastern Mediterranean brought about the collapse of the civilized Near East.Strategy & Tactics

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Wargames Illustrated 377, March 2019

Wargames Illustrated WI377 March Edition is out in stores soon and comes with a FREE plastic sprue of either Napoleonic French Chasseurs, Lancers or Hussars for the award-winning Black Powder game from Warlord Games.Contents:Observation PostTheme: The Irish Army's Forgotten BattleCover Mount Focus: Eyes and EarsTheme: Wargaming the First Chechnya WarWhy I love...of Gods and MortalsTheme: Dien Bein PhuRules Showcase: Warlords of ErehwonTheme: Modern Warfare MiniaturesThree Days in Gettysburg (Part two)Theme: Indo-Pak War 1971Agincourt Mounted Knights - in MiniatureHow to... Make Cruel Seas Wreck MarkersTheme: Designer's Showcase - The ZoneThe Battle fo Aong, 1857Theme: Modern Warfare Rules 92Return to Jock's LandingInsider Interview: Armies & Legions & HordesWargames Illustrated

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Medieval Warfare IX-1, Apr-May 2019

Now at the printer, issue IX-1 of Medieval Warfare revisits a major topic we've covered in the past: the Battle of Agincourt. If you are looking for thorough coverage of the battle from back to front, be sure to check out our 2015 special issue. However, in IX-1, we present a new analysis by historian Michael Livingston, who provides an alternative location for the famous battle. An additional examination of the French battle plan is given by noted scholar Kelly DeVries. If you're a fan of Agincourt, you won't want to miss this issue!Theme: The Battle of Agincourt revisitedRandall Moffett, 'The English man-at-arms at Agincourt - Fully armoured'.Michael Livingston, 'Finding a missing battlefield - Where was the Battle of Agincourt fought?'.Kelly DeVries, 'It is advised that there should be a large "battle" - The French battle plan at Agincourt'.Features:William E. Welsh, 'A much less successful sequel - The crusade of 1101'.Steven Muhlberger, 'Taking the castle of Thurie - Stories from a knightly drinking part

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Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy, 101, Apr-May 2019

The latest edition of Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy is also currently in production. Continuing with the (unintentional) medieval theme of this newsletter, issue 101 takes a look at the ever-popular world of the Vikings, with a special focus on battles and combat from epic and legendary sources. From Beowulf to the Battle of Maldon, this issue offers Viking fans scenarios to suit every taste. Off-topic articles include a campaign for the WWII invasion of Singapore, Robert the Bruce at Loudoun Hill, and a look at Warlord's new fantasy ruleset, appropriately titled Warlords of Erehwon.Special Feature: Epic and legendary Viking warfareMark Backhouse, 'Who will save us from the savage northmen - Wargaming the Vikings'.Matthew Unsworth, 'Wargaming the fights from Beowulf - A hero's song'.Eoghan Kelly, 'Let him go early in the morning to Ath-Cliath - The Battle of Islandbridge'.Ian Beal, 'The earl would no brook cowardice - The Battle of Maldon'.Guy Bowers, 'Collecting a Viking host - Hammer of the gods'.John M

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The Raft Lookout

To celebrate the new year, I’ve decided to introduce a new section to the blog. In semi-regular intervals, I want to present new(ish) gaming-related stuff that caught my eye. For the first installation, I’ve found four items which might be of interest to you. Peter Pig has launched The 15 Mill, a new pdf magazine “that promotes the use of 15mm miniatures and modeling in wargaming”. As 15mm is a scale very dear to my heart, I find this a commendable enterprise! What is even more exciting is the fact that each issue will include a small game (or “gamette” as they call it), and for each of those games, Peter Pig will produce a special pack of figures. The first figure pack is now available: it’s a lovely set of duellers (so we can get an idea what the first game will be about…). The magazine itself contains all sorts of useful articles and is not limited to Peter Pig-related topics. It is available for free, so why not give it a try and download it here? The end of

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Slingshot 322

Slingshot 322 with the printers and will appear shortly.Here is a list of the contents:GuardroomThe Debate on Egyptian dynasties continues. Did horses actually charge into infantry? More on War Wagons. Impressions of Slingshot 321.The Telamon Battle 225BC Battle Pack - 𝘣𝘺 𝘙𝘪𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘓𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘸𝘰𝘰𝘥Practical considerations for setting up the Telamon battle at Battle Day.The Campaign and Battle of Telamon - 𝘣𝘺 𝘋𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘏𝘦𝘢𝘥Duncan Head analyses the background, campaign and battle of Telamon and concludes that the Gallic generals were more savvy than they are usually given credit for.The Society’s UK DBA League - 𝘣𝘺 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘬 𝘚𝘬𝘦𝘭𝘵𝘰𝘯DBA is alive and well in the UK with league competitions held across England and Wales.54mm - the Figure Scale of the Gods! - 𝘣𝘺 𝘚𝘵𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘕𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦54mm Carthaginian figures that are fun to paint and look spectacular on the gaming table.Messing About in Boats - 𝘣𝘺 𝘎𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘰𝘯 𝘓𝘢𝘸𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦The Society's rules for Ancient naval combat, Corvus, is giv

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Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy, 100, Feb-Mar 2019

Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy issue 100 with Fallschirmjäger in World War IIFirst making their combat debut during World War II, Fallschirmjäger had a mixed record of success when it came to fulfilling their primary function, but they nonetheless acquired a formidable reputation as a tenacious and hard-fighting elite unit.Special Feature: Fallschirmjäger in World War IIPiers Brand, 'Germany's elite airborne unit during WWII - Rise and fall of the Fallschirmjäger'.David Hunter, 'Fallschirmjäger at Hagevolden and Lindsø - The road to Dombas, 1940'.James Morris, 'Street fighting with the Fallschirmjäger - The gates of Heraklion'.Sam Lancashire, 'The last defence of Monte Cassino - Eyrie of the Green Devils'.Piers Brand, 'Fallschirmjäger fend off the Canadians - Bloody day at Bienen'.Guy Bowers, 'Collecting German airborne troops - Achtung Fallschirmjäger!'.James Morris, 'Creating a Crete vignette - A rough landing'.FeaturesDom Sore, 'The beginning of the end of the hoplite - First Chaeronea'.Mark Backhouse, 'T

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2019 Magazines

ACW GamerAncient History MagazineAncient History Magazine 18, Dec-Jan 2018-2019Ancient WarfareAncient Warfare XII. 4, Dec-Jan 2018-2019Medieval WarfareMedieval Warfare VIII-6, Jan-Feb 2019Miniature WargamesMiniature Wargames 429, January 2019SlingshotSOTCWStrategy & TacticsStrategy & Tactics 314, Jan-Feb 2019Warning OrderWargames IllustratedWargames Illustrated 375, January 2019Wargames, Soldiers & StrategyWargames, Soldiers & Strategy, 99, Dec-Jan 2018-2019

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Warning Order 50, December 2018

Issue 50, which may be the final issue for Warning Order, is now available for download.In this issue we finally get to reviewing and playing Hail Caesar, featuring two battle reports. There is a fictional Ancients campaign suitable for any miniatures rules plus two new Engagements scenarios. On top of all that there are two scenarios along with battle reports for Battles For Empire 2, featuring plenty of Egyptian troops! A large BKC2 battle report and a WMA battle report round out the issue, plus the usual regular features.You can download the issue directly with this link.Back issues are available by going to this page.Warning Order

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Wargames Illustrated, Awards Results 2018

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it is with great pleasure that we would like to announce the winners of the 2018 Wargames Illustrated awards.Over the last couple of months, our readers, Facebook followers and wargamers from around the globe (1,060 in total) have been voting in nine different categories for their wargaming favourites.All the winners have been contacted and in the February issue of Wargames Illustrated, WI376, we will be getting reactions from all of them, but without further ado here’s the results!BEST WARGAME RULES/GAMEWinner: Chain of Command by Too Fat LardiesCongratulations to the Too Fat Lardies and their platoon level World War Two rules. CoC has won this category for the second year running, just seeing off Bolt Action in second and Battlegroup in third. So that’s a 1,2,3 for World War Two rules!BEST MINIATURE MANUFACTURERWinner: Perry MiniaturesThe Perry twins have scooped this coveted award for the second year in succession.A staggering 291 different manufacturers were voted for

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Wargames Illustrated 375, January 2019

Wargames Illustrated WI375 January Edition is out in stores today and comes with a FREE Cruel Seas sprue for the upcoming Cruel Seas game from Warlord Games - Order yours today!Observation postA special look at what we ‘Spotted At’… the Crisis show in Antwerp plus four more pages of what’s new and worth knowing about from elsewhere.Theme: Four Corners of the WorldColonel (Retired) Bill Gray begins our Empire Building theme by charting the Rise of Persia under Cyrus the Great, one of the great Empires of the ancient world. Bill provides a guide to their army composition, tactics and use on the tabletop.Painting Cruel Seas Torpedo BoatsA quick brushwork guide to painting our recent freebie Warlord Games Cruel Seas MTBs, PTs and S-Boats.Theme: The Ultimate Empire?Simon MacDowall continues our theme content with a look at the rise of the Roman Empire and the many wargaming opportunities offered by seven centuries of constant expansion.Of Scaffolds and Alcohol BathsWe recently visited 4Ground, to investigate their

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Strategy & Tactics 314, Jan-Feb 2019

Vikings - Raiding, Warfare, & Empire in the Dark Ages: Vikings are remembered today as ferocious warriors who wreaked havoc in Europe and the British Isles. The true story is far more complex, as they were an integral part of the emerging European Middle Ages.Other Articles:None Died Better - Last Stand at Isandlwana 22 January 1879: The Battle of Isandlwana stands as one of the worst defeats of a European army by an indigenous force.No Man's Child - Britain's Mesopotamian Campaign 1914-1918: Analysis of Britain’s Mesopotamian Campaign during World War I.Battles in the Swamp - Gully Hole Creek & Bloody Marsh: In 1742, Spanish forces invaded the British-held island of St. Simons in Georgia. Two battles there would halt the Spanish invasion and secure Britain’s southern colonies.Strategy & Tactics

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Miniature Wargames 429, January 2019

This time next week, the January issue of Miniature Wargames will be out in the shops! What's inside this month:FORWARD OBSERVERWith reports on Deep Cut Studio; Brigade; History Works; Sally 4th and more!SEND THREE AND FOURPENCEGardening in the Swat valley - an unlikely sounding scenario for Black Ops by Conrad Kinch.TOTAL FIASCOThe Editor makes his first trip to the Leeds show.COMMAND DECISIONCorunna – Spain 1809. It’s Command Decision by Jon Sutherland.ALL OR NOTHINGThe Editor slips on a hair shirt: an exploration of a self-inflicted scenario faux pas.RED STORMIt’s the cold war as might have been: the scenario is Operation Able Archer using Rapid Fire! rules.FANTASY FACTSThe usual sensor sweep of the latest products in F&SF gaming from Deep Cut; Mantic; Wild West Exodus; Brother Vinni; GZG and more!NORSE QUESTMultiple scenarios using the downloadable By Crom! system for games of valour, danger and treachery - with the odd giant, troll and dragon thrown in for good measure!WARFARE 2018The Editor takes hi

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