One of the regular highlights of WSS is the column 'This Gaming Life' by Rick Priestley. This months article looks as the thorny question of ground scales verse figure scales. Its a subject that I suspect most wargamers pay very little attention to, but as a designer Priestley and his peers have clearly devoted much brainpower to the whole subject. How exactly can a game preserve 'realism' within the confines of a regular sized games table? The simple answer is it can't. The key it seems is proportionality, not scale, with a little bit of 'willing suspension of disbelief' thrown in.
Like Wargames Illustrated this magazine also goes in for themed issues and this month its all about Vikings! The themed section starts off with a trio of great articles - Guthrum and the Great Army, The Siege of Eoferwick and The invasion of Wessex and Edington - by the evocatively named Benedict Coffin. This is them followed up with a look at SAGA campaigns, a cool little Viking raid scenario (with a twist) and a review of suitable miniatures for the Dark Age era.
Bolt Action British Para Boxed Set 28mm
Incidentally the magazines website has a new Wargames Calender online which is worth checking out (after you've checked mine, obviously!!).
There are several other great articles in this issue including The demon dip – cheating or a proper paint job? by Phil Hendry, Faces, Bases and Flags – painting the cover vignette by Dave Woodward and the column Up Front by Richard Clarke. I've pretty much read it cover to cover this month so I have decided to stop prevaricating and have just taken out a long overdue subscription.
Just got this too, Lee - a great read all round and like you, I'm making moves to subscribe; nice one ;)ReplyDelete
I need to re-subscribe to this mag, I've always love it!!ReplyDelete
Sounds very interesting. I've never seen this magazine but have heard of it.ReplyDelete
Same with Luckyjoe, have heard of it, but never had the chance to read it. Not many of them reach to Turkey here ;)ReplyDelete
Checked both calendars btw.. seems yours is a bit empty in comparison to the Wargames one.. ;)
My calendar doesn't include Tournament's and is largely UK event oriented. I also list Military fairs and shows like War & Peace which the WSS calender doesn't. But yes, the WSS one is very comprehensive and a long overdue resource to the gaming community IMHO.Delete
I'm buying WSS pdf singles with the most interesting themes for me and I found it well ahead of the pack. I agree 100% with your assessmentReplyDelete
I have the previous issue that a friend bought for the article on the rules he had written. I now have the mag less those pages LOL.ReplyDelete
I won't sub but it is a good mag
Seems like an interesting investment - I've been looking for an alternative to Wargames Illustrated, seeing as it tends towards an extended Flames of War advert at timesReplyDelete
I usually buy this by what's on the cover so issues are bought infrequently.....ReplyDelete
Got my copy. Must admit its becoming my preferred wargame magazineReplyDelete
Just got my copy today and thought the very same thing...ReplyDelete