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  • Miniature wargames
    maps with hexagonal overlays are a great idea and very very useful for those planning a campaign Interestingly the letters page tends to contain correspondence about wargames or uniforms or tactics rather than the seemingly endless prattling of a pretentious few who seem feel it their duty to fill Wargames Illustrated with their own prejudiced views on fantasy competition games shows etc etc etc Perhaps this illustrates a dichotomy amongst the wargamers and the market for each magazine To be honest in the past I preferred Wargames Illustrated as my magazine of choice now I read both with equal enjoyment but Miniature Wargames more often for pure wargaming content Issue No231 has a varied content including a nice little article by John Barratt about Henry VIII s invasion of France and which attempts to propose some wargaming options for what was really a military non event the real action being in Northumberland watch out for a future article on Flodden in Random Shots A lively Letter Page excellent book reviews and a lively honest and thought provoking report on Salute from Chris Scott Stuart Asquith presents an article on the Battle of Lansdown Hill one of my personal favourite ECW

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/ProductReviews/Review/Misc/miniaturewargames.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Shieldwall
    wargames scenarios However you can t play the scenarios unless you already own a copy of Warhammer Ancient Battles a set of rules that seems to grow and grow in popularity The text itself includes a neat brief introduction to the history characters and conflicts of the Dark Age period Nothing new for the gamer who has done any general reading of the period but fine for someone totally new to it Stephen Patten in his introduction makes clear that his inspiration for the period owes as much to the Norse sagas as to definitive historical fact And this is reflected in the make up of the lists This is fair enough as far as I am concerned but it raised a few hostile comments from some Dark Age experts at Phalanx So you pays your money and make your choice For me though the problem with Shieldwall is not the historical accuracy of the lists that is covered in the authors introduction but simply that the content is too thin for the price You can glean better painting details from an issue of Wargames Illustrated more information on the armies or battles of the period by thumbing through Miniature

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/BookReviews/Rules/shieldwall.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Brassey
    many characters from that conflict were blooded in the war with Mexico I also like the uniforms the peaked forage caps of the US troops and the last vestiges of Napoleonic glory amongst the Mexican forces But I have never really taken the trouble to really study the war the books were too expensive and anyway I always had other things to read Ron Field though has managed to create a volume that in my opinion is just right for the wargamer and individual with a curiosity in the war Included in the text is a potted history of the major campaigns of the war enlivened by stories of individual and unit courage that bring the text to life and immediately start me thinking about how I could refight that The uniform details are extensive and illustrated by a series of colour plates a la Osprey from the very talented brush of Richard Hook Add to these a wealth of photographs from the war which was the first to feature war photographers museum exhibits and from the work of contemporary re enactors and you will begin to appreciate the research undertaken in preparing this volume The US forces are covered in detail with pages devoted to the Regular Army Naval and Marines forces who were vital to the success of the war and the wide range of volunteer units engaged in the war The Mexican Army does not receive the same detailed coverage but given the parlous political situation in Mexico in the 100 years following the war records and memorabilia are bound to have been lost Anyway a losing side in war tends not to record extensive records What Ron Field does include is interesting and scholarly and certainly enough for the keen wargamer to prepare his army The

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/BookReviews/Chrysalis/brassey1.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Osprey Publishing
    of the coin and draw a more accurate picture of the role of servicewomen during World War II than that drawn by Carry on England or South Pacific Without women rallying to the colours Britain would have had no effective defence against air attack the work of the intelligence and support services would have ground to a halt and of course the armaments industry would simply have been overwhelmed Martin Brayley has I think for the first time provided a detailed account of these service units their history and uniforms He provides a number of anecdotes that illustrate the value to the war effort of these women For example how many warships do you think could be crewed by the men released for duty by women undertaking shore duty Although perhaps the author makes one faux pas in highlighting the praise Eisenhower showered on servicewomen given the special services he received from his own driver I suppose that this addition to the popular Men at Arms series will be of only limited interest to the wargaming community which is a shame I found the contents interesting and clearly presented The text is supported by a wide range of contemporary photographs some of which made me wonder about a number of gaming scenarios especially based on a Seelowe or parachute attack situation The brief inclusion of details of Soviet Women s war service gives wider scope for the gamer The 122 nd Air Group of the Red Air Force was crewed entirely by women as was the 587 th Bomber and 588 th Night Bomber Regiments Eventually some 10 of the Red Army were women taking on front line duties as well as support Less familiar to me at least were the units recruited and operating through out the countries of

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/BookReviews/Osprey/Osprey357.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Model Shipwright No 116
    Battle Class that came into service at the end of World war II A full set of plans are enclosed to enable the skilled modeler to produce the vessel for the table top There is a fascinating article on the excavation of a medieval Cog or trading vessel and the subsequent reconstruction of the vessel that is now on display in Amsterdam This is certainly of interest for anyone interested

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/BookReviews/Chrysalis/shipwright116.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Harry Turtledove
    Civil War and become a recognised nation supported by Britain and France Then place this new America in a World where history follows its recorded course what then might happen The result can be fascinating and always interesting I don t want to reveal too much of the storyline as it may spoil things for you but this latest volume considers the situation in America at the end of the Great War a war in which the United States fought as an ally of Germany engaging the Royal Navy and Imperial Japan in the Pacific and Mexico the Confederacy and Canada on land Consequently there is little in this story that has a direct wargaming interest but don t let that put you off This edition ties up a lot of loose ends and sets the scene for the next inevitable bloody conflict I recommend that you get hold of the first in the series and give it a go Or maybe even better Guns of the South the novel that introduced me to Turtledove I believe you will either be hooked and naturally progress to the rest in the series or hate them If you stick with them you will find plenty of wargaming situations Imagine using your WWI rules for armies fighting over the open plains of Western Canada or in the swamps of Louisiana If I have any criticisms of Turtledove they are first and foremost that his series can go on for too long for example his excellent World War sequence of novels in which an alien invader attacks Earth during World War II was initially thrilling but has now dragged on into the Colonisation sequence that I and others have found pretty tedious The other must be a question of historical focus he is so

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/BookReviews/Fiction/harryturtledove.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • The Confederate Navy
    types the officers marines strategy and tactics each of these is excellent well written and accessible to the reader and packed full of information for the historian and wargamer alike In particular the details given of the various vessels deployed by the Confederacy are of great value to the wargamers seeking to refight the riverine engagements or ship to ship actions Using the information contained in this book it is

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/BookReviews/Chrysalis/confederatenavy.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • The Thracians 700 BC
    of the Odrysaian kingdom their relations with the Greek and Macedonian states and the developing Hellenistic world The later part of the period details how the Thracians came under increasing pressure from the expanding Roman state finally ending in annexation as a province of the Empire The costume and weapons section show how the dress of the Thracians gradually changed from traditional styles to those influenced by their contacts with the Greek world and with the Celts Christopher Webber draws on a wide range of sources including archaeological finds of armour weapons and horse furniture Attic red figure pottery the Persian carved stone friezes from Persepolis literary sources ranging from the Iliad to Plutarch and the wonderful tomb paintings from Kazanluk in Bulgaria which provide information on clothing colours There are diagrams showing a selection of shield decorations and the elaborate geometric embroidery of the characteristic Thracian cloak In the section on the army he discusses army strengths and composition Thracian forces were built around the peltast a light armed infantrymen supported by cavalry and skirmishing infantry The peltast was so called for the crescent shaped shield they carried named the pelta Armies normally fielded ten to twenty thousand men though the region as a whole could provide much larger forces The lowland tribes armies had a higher proportion of cavalry up to a third while the mountain tribes were largely infantry There are the usual eight colour plates in this case by Angus McBride in his highly detailed style Five are devoted to the appearance of Thracian troops in the fifth century BC two to the late Hellenistic period illustrating Thracians in 171 BC and one to the first century AD The plates cover the appearance of all types of Thracian warriors cavalry peltasts and light troops and will

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/BookReviews/Osprey/thracians700bc.htm (2016-02-16)
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