Nugget 291

I am going to collect the latest edition of THE NUGGET (N291) from the printer this morning and I hope to post it out to members of Wargame Developments by tomorrow at the latest.

I hope to upload the PDF versions of THE NUGGET and THE NUGGET COLOUR SUPPLEMENT to the Wargame Developments website later today, and when I have they will be available for members of Wargame Developments to read online or to download and print.

In addition I will have uploaded Ian Russell Lowell’s presentation entitled TRUMP IT! so that members can download and read it.

This relates to the session that Ian ran at COW2015 (last year’s Conference of Wargamers) and is well worth reading.

IMPORTANT: Please note that this is the ninth and last issue of THE NUGGET to be published for the 2015-2016 subscription year.

Renewal reminders will be sent out to existing hard-copy subscribers with this issue. It will be sent to members who have not yet re-subscribed. E-members will be sent a renewal reminder after the forthcoming annual Conference of Wargamers (COW2016) has taken place.


Nugget 291

Yesterday the editor of THE NUGGET sent the latest issue to me so that I can take it to the printer. I hope to do that on Monday morning in the expectation that I can collect it and post it out to members of Wargame Developments by Friday or Saturday.

IMPORTANT: Please note that this is the ninth and last Issue of THE NUGGET to be published for the 2015-2016 subscription year.


Miniature Wargames with Battlegames Issue 398

The June issue of MINIATURE WARGAMES WITH BATTLEGAMES magazine was delivered yesterday, just before I had to leave for my second Masonic meeting of the week, and I have only just managed to have a quick flick though it it.

The articles included in this issue are:

  • Briefing (i.e. the editorial) by Henry Hyde
  • World Wide Wargaming by Henry Hyde
  • Forward observer by Neil Shuck
  • Gates of Azera: The continuing tales of a wargames widow by Diane Sutherland
  • Fantasy Facts by John Treadaway
  • The Stalin Line: Fighting the Great Patriotic War one battle as a time: Part Two by Andrew Rolph
  • Push of pike and dint of butt: English Civil War tactics in wargames by Andy Copestake
  • Eindecker Part 3: Modelling the famous monoplane by Tony Harwood
  • With a fistful of figures: The joys of skirmish wargaming by Robert Piepenbrink
  • The look of the thing: Artistic licence in wargaming by Arthur Harman
  • Hex encounter by Brad Harmer-Barnes
  • Further thoughts on inspiration: How doe we attract new blood into the hobby? by David R Clemmet and Thomas Davidson
  • Send three and fourpence by Conrad Kinch
  • Salute 2016 by Neil Shuck
  • Recce
  • The Battlegames Combat Stress Appeal report by Henry Hyde

As I wrote earlier in the blog entry, I have only just managed to skim through this issue, but I have already noted several articles that I want to spend some time reading. They are Andrew Rolph’s The Stalin Line (I’m a sucker for anything to do with the war on the Eastern Front/the Great Patriotic War), Tony Harwood’s Eindecker Part 3 (I might need some model aircraft in the near future, and his modelling technique appears to be very simple and effective), Arthur Harman’s The look of the thing (anything that Arthur writes is always worth reading!), and finally the article by David R Clemmet and Thomas Davidson about attracting new blood into the hobby. I’ve always tried to ‘do my bit’ in this regard, and wondered if they had any new ideas about how to do this.


Nugget 290

I collected the latest edition of THE NUGGET (N290) from the printer late this afternoon and I hope to post it out to members of Wargame Developments by Monday.

I have already uploaded the PDF versions of THE NUGGET and THE NUGGET COLOUR SUPPLEMENT to the Wargame Developments website, and both are now available for members of Wargame Developments to read online or to download and print.

IMPORTANT: Please note that this is the eight issue of THE NUGGET to be published for the 2015-2016 subscription year, and that members who have not already re-subscribed can still do so if they want to. This can be done by visiting the relevant page on the Wargame Developments website.


Miniature Wargames with Battlegames Issue 397

Whilst we were away on our recent cruise, the May issue of MINIATURE WARGAMES WITH BATTLEGAMES magazine was delivered, and I have only just managed to read it.

The articles included in this issue are:

  • Briefing (i.e. the editorial) by Henry Hyde
  • World Wide Wargaming by Henry Hyde
  • Forward observer by Neil Shuck
  • Bottle brush: The continuing tales of a wargames widow by Diane Sutherland
  • Fantasy Facts by John Treadaway
  • Send three and fourpence by Conrad Kinch
  • The red empire strikes back: Fighting the Great Patriotic War one battle as a time: Part One by Andrew Rolph
  • Colonial wars by proxy: Historical asymmetric warfare at arm’s length by Jim Webster
  • The Featherstone Tribute: A weekend of fun and fierce fighting by David Brown
  • A funny little civil war: Wargaming the Sonderbund War of 1847 by Arthur Harman
  • Painting tiny chaps: Mastering brushwork on 6mm miniatures by Mick Sayce
  • Huzzah, huzzah for Texas!: The Battle of Salado Creek 1842 by Chris Swan
  • Hex encounter by Brad Harmer-Barnes
  • Hammerhead 2016 by Neil Shuck
  • Beachhead 2016 by Iain Dickie
  • Cavalier 2016 by Mick Sayce
  • Recce
  • The Battlegames Combat Stress Appeal report by Henry Hyde

When I first opened this issue I thought ‘doesn’t look like much to interest me in this month’s issue‘.

I was wrong … and in fact I enjoyed every article I read and found inspiration in more than one.

Being overweight, I thought that Conrad Kinch’s suggestion in his Send three and fourpence column to use a pedometer to record the number of steps one takes in a day or a week, and then to use that information within the context of fighting a campaign that involved long marches, was both subtle and inspirational. I also thought that the first of Andrew Rolph’s The red empire strikes back scenarios was something that I could easily use, and that Jim Webster’s Colonial wars by proxy put forward some very simple but effective ideas for generating fun campaigns that can be set in almost any historical period.

Yet another excellent issue … the more so because I had originally thought that it might not be!


Nugget 290

One of the things that I have to deal with as a priority now that I am back from my latest cruise is to get the next issue of THE NUGGET to the printer. The editor completed it and sent it to me whilst I was away, and in order to maintain the publishing schedule we set at the beginning of the subscription year, this issue should be out by the end of the month. It is my intention to check it over the weekend and take to printed original to the printer on Monday. I should then be able collect it later that week and to get it out in the post to members of Wargame Developments by May Day.

IMPORTANT: Please note that this is the eighth issue of THE NUGGET to be published for the 2015-2016 subscription year, and that members who have not already re-subscribed can still do so if they want to. This can be done by visiting the relevant page on the Wargame Developments website. A printed reminder was sent out with THE NUGGET 283 to all subscribers who had not yet re-subscribed.


Nugget 289

I managed to collect the latest edition of THE NUGGET (N289) from the printer this morning, and I hope to post it out to members of Wargame Developments tomorrow.

I have already uploaded the PDF versions of THE NUGGET and THE NUGGET COLOUR SUPPLEMENT to the Wargame Developments website, and both are now available for members of Wargame Developments to read online or to download and print.

IMPORTANT: Please note that this is the seventh issue of THE NUGGET to be published for the 2015-2016 subscription year, and that members who have not already re-subscribed can still do so if they want to. This can be done by visiting the relevant page on the Wargame Developments website.