Who doesn’t like to see a parade of elephants, a caravan of camels, or a mute of hounds on the tabletop? There are some great animal miniatures out there, capable of taking on a number of wargaming roles; from the frontline ‘Beasts of War’ to background tabletop fauna. The theme of this magazine focuses on our furry friends in their roles as combatants and canvases for our painting. We look at how rules deal with animals in action, and check out some animal moments in history, before moving on to see how our in-house painters approach the challenge of applying colour to a range of different elephant types at varying scales.
Speaking of painting; just before going to press we got our hands on the new Speedpaints from The Army Painter and managed to ‘speedily’ pull together an article informing you how the paints fared when we gave them their first run out. See page 38. You will find more Speedpaint fun on our YouTube channel, where you can watch Marc and James putting them through their paces and comparing them with similar paints on the market.
Happy reading and gaming.
Owner and Editor
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From new figure releases for The Silver Bayonet to Anglo-Dutch Wars ships, with several stops in-between, this month’s OP fills you in on loads of new products for wargames and collectors.
Dom Sore mans the Release Radar and uses it to locate interesting hobby releases you may have missed, along with a bonus look at animal miniatures – tying in with this month’s theme.
FULL PAPER JACKET
Our resident bookworm Neil Smith presents his regular preview of recently published wargamer-friendly military history books.
BEASTS OF WAR!
Pete Brown introduces this month’s theme, taking us on a wargamers’ tour of our animal friends in military service and how they are employed in our games.
THE ARMY PAINTER SPEEDPAINTS
We put The Army Painter’s new Speedpaints to the test.
INTO THE WOODS WE GO
Aramiha Harwood draws on Lon Teal and Adam Gehling’s rules in the Tribal supplement Primeval and presents some fun ideas for animals and hunting on the tabletop.
PROFESSOR WILLOUGHBY CRUTCHIN’S HUNTING EXPEDITION
Following on from his earlier Into the Woods article, Ara Harwood provides us with a ‘rules-agnostic’ dinosaur hunting scenario.
DRINK THY BLOOD. THY THIRST WILL PASS … THE COMBAT OF THE THIRTY
Karim Van Overmeire tells us how to get this showpiece medieval fight, between knights and squires, onto the tabletop.
CAMELS, BEASTS OF BURDEN, OR CHIPS OF THE DESERT
Jim Graham explores these lumpy beasts and their use in warfare through the centuries.
NEVER MIND THE BILLHOOKS – THE SHED BATTLES
Giles Shapley, aka Eric the Shed, tells us about a chronological campaign in which himself and his friends refought all the battles of the War of the Roses, using the Never Mind the Billhooks rules.
CHASSEURS DEL REY – CUBAN WAR DOGS
Inspired by dark yet intriguing tales of War Dogs in the Caribbean, Steve Wood shares some research on the 18th Century Cuban Chasseurs and their hounds.
DREYSE OF THUNDER
Colonel (Retired) Bill Gray looks at the seemingly anomalous impact of the Dreyse Needle-gun – a weapon that managed to win the day by inflicting far fewer casualties on the battlefield.
PAINTING PACHYDERMS 90
Wi’s painters take on elephants of assorted types and sizes and explain the techniques they use.
RETHINKING SENGOKU JIDAI ARMY ORGANISATION
Gareth Beamish touched on the Sengoku Jidai army organisation in his article in Wi407 but here he focuses on the formation of a sonae.