If you are a UK subscriber you might have received this magazine just prior to the world-famous Salute; if not it will just have happened. Either way, there has been a big buzz about this year’s premier wargaming event. After 2022’s damp squib and 2023’s non-appearance, it has felt like the UK wargames scene has been really ‘up for’ the return of a bumper, all guns blazing Salute. You can look forward to coverage of the show in the next issue of the magazine, but with this month’s issue, you may have had the unexpected pleasure of receiving a Warlord Games Black Seas 3rd Rate Ship. These models have been exclusively available with copies of Wi purchased in Sainsbury’s and Tesco (we also siphoned off a few for Salute).
Exclusive store deals run the risk of alienating those readers who have not been able to capitalise by getting their hands on copies of the magazine from participating stores – clearly, a free ship on a magazine in Tesco Extra, England, is not much good if you live in Texas, Coober Pedy, or the Amazon Basin – in much the same way that even though I eat pizza, a two-for-one pizza offer in New York is of little use to me! However (just to pull back the velvet curtain of the publishing industry aside for a moment), store exclusive deals are a great way of us promoting new/different outlets, letting potential readers know that there are more places they can purchase their copies of Wi from than they might realise. In the UK, highlighting the sale of the magazine in Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores is also a good way of tempting people away from purchasing in WH Smith. Although Wargames Illustrated has been on sale in WH Smith since 1987, the ever-rising costs they charge for the pleasure of selling our magazine means that we are now looking to direct UK readers to alternative stockists. This month’s ship bagged with copies in Tesco and Sainsbury’s, that being the proverbial carrot!
Away from all that talk about stockists and ships, I should also mention this month’s theme – Cowboys! You’re in for a rootin’-tootin’ time reading all about What a Cowboy!, Dead Man’s Hand, and what the Wild West was really like in this issue.
Happy reading and rolling.
We review a fantasy/historical expansion and an intriguing sci-fi skirmish game in this month’s Observation Post.
Want to know what’s hot and new in the mini world? Dom Sore knows the score – check out his Release Radar.
Hobby projects from Wargames Illustrated readers.
WHERE THE WILD THINGS WERE
As part of this month’s Cowboy theme, Neil Smith takes a fresh look at Wild West towns and how we should represent them in our games.
James puts Army Painter’s new 2.0 formula Speedpaints to the test and ropes in the rest of Wi’s paint-shy team to see how newcomers deal with the range.
WHAT A COWBOY!
John Savage tells us all about his new Wild West skirmish game, which was initially inspired by the What a Tanker! Command Dice system.
Chris McDowall’s new rules, published by Osprey Games, provide a gaming toolbox designed to inspire your narrative tabletop battles and get your miniature-converting ideas flowing.
DEAD MAN’S HAND: BOYS AND BUCKS
Great Escape Games’ Mark Wheatley heads to Wi HQ with an armful of Dead Man’s Hand goodies for us to look at.
HAMMERHEAD PAINTING COMPETITION
For the fifth year in succession, Wargames Illustrated ran the Hammerhead Painting Competition at the show in Newark, England, supported by Kalistra, and we’ve got photos of the winners for your delectation and dissection.
THE RACE TO MUNASSIB PASS
Robert Giglio presents a full multiplayer ruleset for a ‘race’ game set in WWI. Players come together in command of British light patrol cars and attempt to cut off a retreating Senussi force controlled by the referee.
PLASTIC FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR FRENCH INFANTRY
We talk to Michael Perry about his eagerly awaited French Infantry plastic sets and get a bonus painting guide from brushmaster Matt Parkes.
MAD FOR WAR: ALL AT SEA
Games Designer Barry Hilton pressgangs a couple of wet-behind-the-ears landlubbers and guides them through their first game of his Age of Sail rules: Mad For War, and in the process unexpectedly uncovers ‘the best naval gamer’ he has ever seen!
RAISING THE STANDARD
Billhooks fanatic Mike Peters explains how he paints the beautiful standards that decorate his Wars of the Roses armies. Mike’s advice is applicable to banners for pretty much any period.
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