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  • I have often been asked which figure scale I prefer for wargaming
    the maximum scale that is practical is 15mm otherwise both armies deploy in rifle range of each other Years ago I owned both armies for 1 st Bull Run in 5mm blocks produced by Mini Figs And I was able to fight the whole battle including strategic movement on a 10x6 table It looked great and the whole feel of the game compared with the relative skirmishes of 25mm was a revelation The difficulty though was finding rules that gave the feel of the battle you were trying to fight I was very interested then to receive a copy of 1870 for review These are described as Grand Tactical Rules for the Franco Prussian War and they are designed specifically for use with 6mm figures but work well with 15mm as I found in testing The rules encourage you to think big large scale sweeping movements mass charges defence in depth Consequently deployment becomes an important consideration The games fought under 1870 move quickly and the rules are so simple that the action did not get bogged down in debates about literary interpretation The author describes the rationale behind the rules as simplicity large scale and speed a rule set which could be quickly read and understood and which enabled the players to move rapidly through multiple turns without getting bogged down in extraneous detail And I believe that he has succeeded using 1870 puts you in the place of the Army or Corps commander Instead of concentrating on the fine detail of the deployment of skirmishers or angles of fire you leave that to the competence of unit commanders Instead you need to ensure that lines of command and communication are maintained and that your reserve formations are in the right place The rules include useful Quick Reference Sheets

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/ProductReviews/Review/Misc/1870.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Cossacks
    one before progressing to the next and random map games where the player chooses a map type such as islands or continents and the number and nationality of participants In multiplayer mode there is the choice of deathmatch or historical battle Set in the 17 th and 18 th Centuries players have 16 nations to choose from ranging from Algeria to the Ukraine Each nation has different characteristics and options available to it for example the Ukraine has only Cossacks as troop types and has no option for fortifications so an aggressive strategy is called for The player has to manage and develop the economy of the chosen nation while also defending themselves and developing their military capacity There are six commodities to manage food wood stone gold iron and coal Each is important for different activities but running out of food and gold can be catastrophic The game builds on the playing style established by Age of Empires providing a visual treat while requiring the player to plan and react quickly While the game interface is not difficult it calls for an investment of time to learn to play the game effectively This is not a game that you

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/ProductReviews/Review/Misc/cossacks.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Somerled the Viking Slayer
    running with axe and in my pack were four of these fine warriors but no one identical to his fellow The first in line is bare headed and wearing a chainmail byrnie axe swung back menacingly from his chest to above his right shoulder and shield slung on his back The second whilst in the same position has on a fur cap no byrnie but a leather jack instead His

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/ProductReviews/Review/Misc/OGDarkAge25.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Old Glory 15mm Ancients
    Roman Irregular Horse archers Bare headed riders in tunic and cloak in three positions one shooting to the side and two carrying bows All carry small round shields The usual variety of horses LR12 Late Roman Promoti Dalmatae Crest helmeted riders in tunic with apparent chainmail shoulder guards All figures carry spear and round shield with some slight variety of position Unfortunately they are all identically dressed and accoutered The usual variety of horses Goths Lombards Vandals VS1 Gothic Lombard etc Command Four mounted Officers and four mounted draco bearers all in chainmail and spangelhelms On foot there are six assorted Officers six draco bearers and six assorted musicians VS2 Gothic Infantry This pack contains no less than six different figure poses All are dressed in long sleeved tunic some with and some without cloaks and all are bareheaded Then there are swordsman and spearmen with a mix of round and oval shields VS3 Gothic Lombard Archers Bareheaded archers in tunic and trousers with bow A good variety here two different shooting positions one having shot and one reaching for arrow VS5 Gothic Medium Cavalry This pack contains bareheaded unarmoured cavalrymen in tunic trousers and cloak carrying round shields and upright spears There are differences in head and spear position and one figure in my pack was throwing rather than carrying his spear naturally there may be more in other packs VS5 Gothic Heavy Cavalry All the figures in this pack are disappointingly similar Although there are subtle differences in equipment and attitude all the riders are basically mail armoured cavalrymen in spangelhelms wearing cloaks and carrying round shields and upright spears VS6 Lombard Infantry This time no less than seven different poses all bareheaded and dressed in tunic and trousers Two swordsmen and a spearman carry round shields and a swordsman and a spearman carry oval shields whilst another swordsman and spearmen heft hexagonal shields A very varied pack VS7 Lombard Heavy Cavalry All the figures in this pack are similar open handed mailed cavalry in plumed spangelhelm with round shields Wire for the lances is provided There are subtle differences in equipment and attitude but based together they would show little variation Franks FR2 Frankish German Command There are four mounted Officers all in chainmail and spangelhelms On foot there are eight assorted Officers eight draco bearers and eight assorted musicians FR2 Frankish German Spearmen This pack contains no less than six different figure poses All carry spear and round shield and all are bareheaded Not only are the poses divers but dress and hair style varies too some figures adding a cloak others bearskin jacks to the basic tunic and trousers FR3 Frankish German Axemen Swordsmen There are three different figures with axe francisca and round shield all in tunic and trousers One wearing a cloak has a raised axe another is advancing with axe and the third in a bearskin jack carries a francisca Also in the pack are three different sword armed figures two bareheaded

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/ProductReviews/Review/Misc/OG15ancients.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • IRREGULAR MINIATURES 25mm Malburians
    Grenadier figures are available in Fur caps for use with those nations who favoured this headgear LM12 NCO with halberd A very businesslike looking NCO advancing menacingly with a nicely scaled halberd This figure evinces more coat detail and naturally carries no cartridge pouch LM14 Drummer A rather beefy looking drummer no callow youth this The sleeves of his greatcoat are heavily decorated and his drum is suspended in the usual way from a broad baldrick LM15 Officer with sword or spontoon A richly dressed officer in great coat and thigh boots displaying his broad sash in a commanding pose My sample has a finely cast small sword rested nonchalantly on the ground LM16 Line Horse in Tricorn A fine cavalryman with shouldered sabre He is dressed in great coat and cavalry boots and wearing a tricorn Others in the range retain lobster pots and breastplate or tricorn and breastplate The rider has crossbelts suspending his scabbard to the left and carbine to the right not entirely suitable for one of Marlborough s troopers without carving off the carbine Hopefully Irregular can be persuaded to add figures without carbines in the near future LM21 Dragoon in Tricorn A very attractive figure indeed sitting holding his carbine resting on his right knee Again de barred from Marlborough s Army by the very prominent carbine but wonderfully evocative of those Dragoons for whom the long fire arm was still the primary weapon Dragoons in stocking caps are also available My only criticism of the infantry is the lack of fixed bayonets on certain figures which I believe would have given them a much more war like appearance Apart from awaiting cavalrymen without carbines the mounted men I m afraid are fine men indeed but are mounted on horses that are far too

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/ProductReviews/Review/Misc/irregularReview.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • WS03 WarGrid Modern Europe Starter Pack from Bob
    motorway dual carriageway including slip roads to connect to the main road Roads are printed with grass verges but pavement overlays are provided to turn any stretch into a paved steet A typical road junction an example of railwayline with points one of several bridges Another pack contains at least 18ft of dual track and a similar amount of single railway Again every variety of track is included straights curves spurs and points even road crossings The River pack contains about 6ft of river and maybe the same of stream and includes three bridges one of which is pictured above a part of the building sheet and the finished article in a photo from Bob s Bits The buildings pack assembles into a Modern Industrial Estate pictured above The buildings are also supplied in ruined form with shell walls and floors strewn with smashed girders I haven t actually assembled the buildings but they are clearly marked out and provided with easy to follow instructions All the cards in the starter pack are colourfully and clearly printed on white laminate card dual sided where necessary All in all this starter pack would provide the moderns player with a varied and

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/ProductReviews/Review/Misc/WarGridWs03.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Black Powder Blue Steel
    pages loose bound in a plastic spine In addition pairs of play order and units sheets are provided which require copying or laminating for use in future games The rules are illustrated throughout with colour photographs that are used to illustrate tactical formations as well as providing eye fodder These rules are not simple though they are fast Although the game sequence can be quickly learned there are a lot of stages and situations during which units are required to undertake various tests However the tests themselves are based on simply modified rolls of a die and are quickly worked through If required these tests can be made more complex by adding in national characteristics one of the extensive series of optional rules and army lists included in the publication Perhaps the most interesting feature of these rules is the lack of small arms fire This is because the author has adopted the philosophy that morale superiority effected by class training and tactical advantage is the key factor in resolving combat As someone with a Peninsular Allied army I found and still find this approach questionable but worthy of debate In practice however the three games that I played did

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/ProductReviews/Review/Misc/blackpowderbluesteel.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Ground Zero Games
    range they produce beginning with miniature fleets of space battlecruisers through robots scantily clad collectibles to gutsy space marines The space ships are excellent models each highly detailed and deeply engraved crying out for a careful paint job The UNSC Escort Carrier FT1117 4 comes in three parts which slotted easily and tightly together with little cleaning necessary The resulting model standing proud on its movement stand looks suitably heavy and menacing The FCT Austin Class DD FT1405 2 50 is a neat sleek one piece casting carrying four heavy thrust engines and an impressive weapons array There have been additions to the 25mm New Anglian marines range These are tough space marines not unlike those featured in Space Above and Beyond or Starship Troopers These guys mean business featuring heavily armed troops in a variety of poses including snipers and missile launchers lying prone The castings are crisp and clear but some filing was necessary to level the bases ready for mounting These space heroes are available at 1 each Finally my favourites The Limpopo Pygmies from Eureka I love these figures they are just so full of character These miniature warriors in a 25mm scale would grace any

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/ProductReviews/Review/Misc/groundzerogames.htm (2016-02-16)
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