I'm immersing myself in magazines this week with both my subscriptions arriving on the doormat within days of each other. I won't go into too much detail about each issue as I'm still reading through them and you can get a sneak peak at the contents on their respective websites here WI Issue 295 and here WSS Issue 60. Having said that there are a couple of articles that have leapt out at me and I thought were worthy of a mention.
There are a series of excellent articles in this issue tied into the theme but one of those that caught my eye was an interview with Warwick Kinrade the designer of the new WWII skirmish wargame, Normandy Firefight. I'm very tempted by this game for three reasons. First it only needs a handful of miniatures to play being based around each player having only one or two 'men' to control. Such a small investment in both time and money to get the game started is a big draw to this game. Secondly its designed with several scales in mind, with 20mm being the lower end of the scale. Only a couple of weeks ago, at Salute, I was admiring the 20mm WWII figures by AB Miniatures and wishing I had a reason to buy some! The third reason is that if I went with 20mm much of my current WWII terrain could be used saving even more money in start-up costs. I'm tempted, very tempted!
Another article I really enjoyed in this issue was the regular column This Gaming Life by Rick Priestly. His long experience and insight in the hobby industry - particularly within GW - comes across in every paragraph and its a joy to read.
In addition to the themed material there are a couple of other articles that I have enjoyed in this issue. The new painting series by Matt Parks is shaping up to be very interesting, even for an old Grognard such as myself. There's also an interesting review of the Clash of Empires game in particular looking at the latest supplement (Age of Ravens) for the late Dark Ages/Early Medieval period. I'm very much a magpie gamer and am easily distracted by shiny things, or in this case the beautiful eye candy miniatures showcased in this article. If I had unlimited time, resources and space I'd collect everything...thank crunchy I don't!
The main benefit of these two magazines is that I'm getting to see all the adverts and news relating to the wider hobby, even those periods I'll probably never play. Of course the downside is that my huge pile of old magazines (taking up space and quickly becoming a bone of contention with the otherwise placid Mrs BigLee) will now grow at twice the speed it did before!