THE ROAD TO REVOLUTION
We open our theme content for this issue with a look at the difficult times in North America following the French & Indian Wars. With new garrisons remaining to protect British land, and increased taxes designed to pay for them, the relatively independent colonists felt that things were being taken too far. Despite a reluctance from most to break out the muskets again, a few saw revolution as inevitable.
THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY
Wayner Turner tells us about former Polish armoured trains in German service during WWII, and their use in Flames of War.
THE SOLDIERS OF ‘75
We take a close look at the infantry of the American Revolution and explore some of the subtle changes in dress and equipment as the war progressed.
When we first saw Bruce Weigle’s wonderful terrain board, we knew we had to ask Bruce to contribute an article about his passion, mid-19th Century European warfare. Here he presents a refight of the battle for Problus, 3 July 1866.
THE MIDNIGHT RIDE
The Honorable Thomas Gage was determined to limit the colonial ability to rise up against the King, so he sent soldiers to remove stores of gunpowder from Lexington and Concord. A network of conspirators sprang into action to ensure the colonists were ready for whatever might come down the ’pike.
THE LOST OASIS
Creating a North Africa battlefield using the Gale Force Nine Battlefield In A Box desert terrain sets.
BREAKING OUT OF BOSTON
After almost two months behind the siege lines around Boston, hasty plans were made to take and hold the Charlestown Peninsula. The tactical victory of the British came at such a cost it brought them no closer to breaking out of Boston, or ending the war.
HOW TO…. BUILD A NEW ENGLAND FARMHOUSE
Our US Editor gives you a rundown of how he converted the Perry Miniatures Farmhouse kit into a two-storey house very reminiscent of the buildings that dotted the New England countryside in the latter half of the 18th Century.
THE NAPOLEON OF THE WEST
Douglas Biggs, Ph.D., had been sitting on a considerable pile of unpainted Mexican-American War lead soldiers for quite some time. Then he and his gaming group fell in love with the Black Powder rules.
Prolific hobbyist Nick Buxey returns to take us on a tour of his club’s Waterloo demo table which focused on the French right.
New contributor John Paul Bakshoian presents us with two fun scenarios for WW2 skirmishing based directly on that cinematic classic, Kelly’s Heroes. Also included are suggested lists and tweaks for the NUTS! rule set from Two Hour Wargames.
DEATH OF AN ARMY
The leaders of the Sikh empire knew just how powerful the Khalsa (Sikh Army) was, and feared greatly for their positions. In order to keep some power, these leaders deliberately led the Khalsa into the teeth of a British trap, hoping for the destruction of their own army.
TRAINING YOUR FUTURE OPPONENT
When Paul O’Grady needed a new opponent for his wargames, he decided to create his own! This is his humourous tale.