The September issue arrived on my iPad the other day, in fact, about the same time as the last issue of Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy.
I must admit to some favouritism so was reading Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy (WS&S) first.
The first thing that was noticeable about this month’s Miniature Wargames with Battlegames (MWwB) is the impressive collection of Baccus Miniatures on the front cover. This was a shot taken from the Joy of Six Show in Sheffield in July and is a game portraying the Battle of Klissow in 1702. Impressive!
This issue of MWwB also includes the Colours 2013 Show Guide – which if nothing else, reminds me that Colours was one of my three favourite wargame shows when I was living in the UK (the other two being the Triples at Sheffield and Salute – just because of its sheer size).
Apart from the Show Guide, the issue this month follows the same format as previous issues with the usual columns and sections – Neil Shuck handling Forward Observer for wargaming generally following on after Henry’s editorial. Perhaps my favourite regular piece is Diane Sutherland’s terrain and this month she is burning things – or more correctly, producing some fire and smoke. John Treadaway’s Fantasy Facts provides steps into the cinematic, with items on such worthy topics as Dan Dare and Space Vixens from Mars amongst others. Conrad Kinch’s column is in there too – talking about something or other – birthdays, battles and what have you.
There are pieces on the Battle of Aspern-Essling; a Command Challenge set in Poland in WW2; Arthur Harman discussing that hoary old chestnut of how to bring youngsters into the hobby; the already mentioned Colours Show Guide and a veritable shed-load of juicy advertisements; amphibious operations circa 425 BCE; and Part 2 of Salamanca.
Mike Siggins is waxing
something lyrical again and there is the usual Recce section towards the end.
Whilst I like the direction the MWwB is taken, I will admit that this lunch hour I shall finish off WS&S first!