The October issue arrived on my iPad a couple of weeks ago but I have not got around to looking at it until today,. There has been a veritable avalanche of reading here at Thomo’s Hole with Ancient Warfare, Medieval Warfare, Strategy and Tactics, World at War and a number of books all turning or up being ordered over recent weeks, In addition, for the past two weeks I have been addicted with the Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell — having read all six books of the first series over the last 16 days or so.
Today I finally got around to having a good look through it.
The first thing I noticed is that Mike Siggins is not waxing whatever within the magazine this month. As I understand he has stepped back from the hobby a wee bit — not such a strange occurrence as I guess we all do it at times.
There is a major piece on the late Don Featherstone, a doyen of the hobby and one that I owe a debt of gratitude to for introducing me to the hobby (and indeed, many figure manufacturers and credit card companies that I am also indebted to).
Other items in the magazine this month include:
- Neil Shuck (of Meeples and Miniatures fame) having a gripe about historical accuracy on TV and then looking at hobby news and some new products
- Diane Sutherland building North American Indian huts
- John Treadaway discussing scenery in fantasy wargaming
- Daniel Mersey (of Dux Bellorum, amongst others fame) is looking at something a little different – a chase basically
- Leslie Tipping has a piece on a western gunfight, Hollywood style)
- Henry Hyde (the editor) sets a command challenge based Don Featherstone’s War Games
- Rob Young, another naval wargames nut like moi, looks at making cheap ironclads using tealights for turrets1
- Conrad Kinch is touring battlefields
- There are pieces on:
- The Great Siege of Malta (Gary Mitchell)
- Obituaries for Don Featherstone (Chris Scott and Charles Grant)
- Combined Arms Wargaming (Franz Ehart)
- John Treadaway looks at Crooked Dice – a small company with an interesting game system
- plus the usual Recce of new books and such
- And finally, Henry presents a one-page, sort of, idiots guide to painting horses
The lunch hour wasn’t long enough to get through it all today but there is the bus trip home and there is some interesting reading. I am also getting more comfortable with what the magazine is becoming — it does seem to be starting to deliver at last.
Good value for the wargamer, especially the digital edition.
1. Look out B, Thomo is looking at your candlemaking in a new way