I hope the festive season brought you (more than) your fair share of gaming goodies, and that you are heading into 2022 with a renewed hobby vigour which will see your paintbrush whizz through those undercoated minis at the back of your workbench and have you heading off to a nearby tabletop where you will sweep all before you with an impressive flick of the wrist resulting in a hat-trick of double sixes.
In this issue of the magazine, we would like to take you around the world, in two different ‘directions’. We have a couple of articles that look at hobby activities in different countries across the globe, followed by three articles that take our theme on a different trajectory, with a look at wargame-able conflicts in some more unusual locations around the world and throughout history. Prepare to broaden your horizons by beginning this exciting journey on page 30 with Global Wargaming.
Closer to home, the much delayed Salute 2020 finally took place in November 2021 and despite several of the regular traders and punters not attending this time around, Team Wi was there to bring you the best the show had to offer, both in this magazine and via our YouTube channel.
Happy New Year!
Owner and Editor
A look at some of the projects your fellow hobbyists have been working on over recent weeks.
News and reviews of the latest figure and rulebook releases.
Our radar operative Dom Sore scans the internet for exciting wargames related new releases.
FULL PAPER JACKET
What new military history books has Neil Smith earmarked for your attention this month?
To introduce this month’s theme Pete Brown takes us on a tour of the gaming potential offered by military history away from the usual suspects and locations.
Editor Dan introduces our coverage of this year’s Salute, before taking you on a tour of some of our favourite games and hearing from some of the traders.
A WORLD OF PAINTING: THE ANALOGUE HOBBIES PAINTING CHALLENGE
Noel Williams tells us about an online gathering that encourages hobbyists from around the world to get through their painting backlog.
SILVER BAYONET SOCIETY – PART THREE
James, GM of our Silver Bayonet Society campaign, tells the tale of the opening battles and shares some house rules you may want to apply to your own games.
FIVE CENTURIES OF WARFARE IN NEW ZEALAND
Antipodean duo Roly Hermans (New Zealand) and Mark Piper (Australia) address the varied conflicts fought in Aotearoa across the years.
THE SALUTE PAINTING COMPETITION
Every year painters queue to enter their projects into the Salute Painting Competition, ready to face judgement after months of work. We look at some of the winners and get an entrant’s eye view from Wi’s Marc.
As part of this month’s Wargaming Around the World theme, gaming polymath Barry Hilton takes a broad look at the international perspective of our hobby iva the show/convention circuit, plus an introspective look at where we find ourselves in a ‘new-normal’ world.
BASING YOUR DISPLAY MINIATURES
Marc shares some basing advice to make your painting competition entries stand out.
Aramiha Harwood shares his knowledge of tribal combat and describes how the concepts work on the tabletop in his aptly named game, Tribal.