Wednesday 15 December 2010

Wargames Illustrated 279

I've just received my copy of the January issue of Wargames Illustrated. For me this has been an eagerly awaited issue as I'm collecting FOW armies for the Normandy Campaign and I am sorely tempted to buy the D-Day box set just released.

D-Day: The Allied Invasion of France Inside this issue the D-Day Theme is gorgeously illustrated with a large and well presented article about the largest seaborne invasion of the second world war. A second article Eight Armies in Normandy presents a large scale battle scenario featuring US and British beach landings, German defences and airborne landings. This massive game was played out over two days by the staff at battlefront an looked like a hugely enjoyable challenge.

So far I haven't had a chance to read through the rest of the magazine but there looks to be a good selection of articles covering alternative periods.

These include:

  • Lepowski's Prison Break set in 1944 and focuses on a World War II German mission to rescue 130 Fallschirmjäger prisoners. 
  • No Mean Streets looks at wargaming urban environments through a number of periods and settings
  • The Fall of the Fourteenth is a solo wargamers look at a classic engagement where a Roman Legion meets its end at the hands of the Gauls.
  • In Havana 1762 author David Greentree reviews his new Osprey book A Far Flung Gamble.
  • Great Warriors: Polish Hussars looks at the famous Polish Winged Hussars.
  • The Second Battle of Kosovo 1448 details the events when the Hungarian army attempted to stop the Ottomans in the Balkan Peninsula.
  • How to Build Wagons is another excellent modelling article following on in this well established and excellent series. 
  • An Army in Sprays shows how it is possible to paint 300 English Civil War figures - from bare plastic to painted - in just ten evenings! 
  • Little Men, Big Games. Running a big game at a wargames show or event can be incredibly daunting the first time around. This article gives a few ideas on how to avoid the classic pitfalls.
  • This extract from Kevin Dallimore's new book, Advanced Modelling and Painting looks at Converting a Late Roman Cavalrymen
Once again a wide selection of content presented to an excellent standard. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to drool over the D-Day articles...


  1. I'll check it out the next time I'm in WHSmiths.


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