Our 300th issue ‘opens fire’ with an article from our colleagues at Battlefront, announcing, and showcasing, their forthcoming Flames Of War boxed game – Open Fire!
CRIMSON & BRONZE
First-time contributors to Wargames Illustrated, Ben Johns (an avid student of history) and Tim Toolen (an enthusiastic modeler and painter) present their thoughts about the warriors at the heart of the most enduring ‘Last Stand’ myth – the 300 Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae.
THE LAST STAND OF SPARTACUS
An enduring legend himself, Howard Whitehouse returns to the pages of WI with this tale of the “gladiator-turned-general” Spartacus, who led an impressive slave revolt in the waning years of the Roman Republic.
we’ve come a long,
long way together
David Bickley has been around the wargaming block a few times, and in this reflective article he talks about how our hobby came to be where it is at today, presenting personal and shared experiences along the way.
THE INVASION OF MONA. 60AD
Wargaming generalissimo, and prolific tea drinker, Rick Priestley chose a classic encounter between the Romans and the Ancient Britons for his ‘Last Stand’ – the Invasion of Mona, AKA Anglesey in Wales. We had some great looking figures on a great looking table, and a very interesting result!
This is the stuff legends are made off! Eight gamers, a 16′ x 5′ table, over 1,000 figures and a Dark Age poem are the ingredients for this epic wargame, in which author, umpire and WI favourite James Morris presents his ‘Last Stand’ article which pits the flower of Celtic chivalry against the invading Saxon hordes.
CREATING THE ART OF
As wargamers, we are all interested in finding out how the soldiers our miniatures represent actually looked on the battlefields of their day. We were lucky enough to chat with two of our favorite artists who specialize in military history. During a visit to their studios we were able to talk to Keith Rocco and Mark Churms about how they create their masterpieces.
THE BATTLE OF KARBALA 680AD/61AH
Warhammer Ancient Battles II author Martin Gibbins turns his talented hand to SAGA presenting a new Battleboard for the Arabs and a scenario for a refight of the most famous ‘Last Stand’ in Islamic history.
“HE WHO HOLDS THE DOOR”
WI regular Chris Peers takes Dark Age wargaming inspiration from a casket in the British Museum….
ALFRED’S LAST BATTLE
Prof. Ryan Lavelle makes a welcome return to the pages of WI with a ‘Last Stand’ introducing gamers to Dark Age naval warfare – Vikings against Saxons.
ENGLANDS GREATEST BATTLE
Following an interesting discussion with a fellow wargamer, WI regular Neil Smith felt compelled to put his assertions down on paper – England’s greatest battle was won by its greatest king, and immortalized by its greatest bard. In this article about the Battle of Agincourt, 1415, Neil shows us how – ‘Against the Odds’ – Henry V was able to pull off a victory over the flower of French chivalry.
THE LAST FIGHT OF
Andy Callen made his article-writing debut in Wargames Illustrated One, and he makes a welcome return here with the story of how he brought a great hero of Elizabethan England; Sir Richard Grenville, back to life in a naval wargame.
THE MODELS OF IAN WEEKLEY… REVISITED
Our almost-resident modelmaker, Paul Davies, has had a long-term interest in the brilliant wargaming models of the late Ian Weekley. Back in the early days of WI we rarely showed plans for buildings, and never showed step-by-step photographs. In this article Paul brings us both in this homage to the work of Ian Weekley.
THE BABY WORE RED
Although the British Army has built itself a wonderful reputation over the centuries, it wasn’t always such a stellar fighting force. Prolific WI contributor (and rules author) Barry Hilton shows us how the 17th Century English infantry fought their way through ‘Against the Odds’ to become a force to be reckoned with.
THE LIGHTNING BRIGADE AT ALEXANDER’S BRIDGE
Our American Civil War entry for our ‘Last Stands and Against the Odds’ theme sees Union state-of-the-art firepower up against Confederate grit and determination.
“THE LEGION MAY DIE, BUT
Paul Davies will be familiar to most WI readers as the man behind our UK show reports and the dozens of “How To…” articles. Here he presents the tale (and modeling and wargaming scenario) behind the ‘Last Stand’ of 49 men of the French Foreign Legion in exotic Mexico – the Battle of Camerone, 1863.
“DO NOT LET EVEN A DOG
Shortly after the end of the American Civil War, there was a great drive westwards, with white settlers determined to carve out a piece of America for their very own. Prolific modeler and gamer Nick Buxey presents the first part of a two-part series about the clash of cultures this expansion caused, with a focus on one of the most famous incidents of its day – the Fetterman Fight, 1866.
CAN WE INTRODUCE GENERALSHIP INTO TABLETOP WARGAMING?
That was the question posed by Arthur Harman in Wargames Illustrated One. We decided that this article, and the age old question, deserved a reprint 25 years later.
“ALSO, CUSTER DIED”
Peter Panzeri has studied the iconic Battle of Little Bighorn since he was a young boy, even penning an Osprey book on the subject. For almost the last 20 years, Pete has been running various wargames of the battle (and ‘Last Stand’ of Custer) from the US to Europe. Here he presents his thoughts on the historical fight, and the great game we were lucky enough to attend.
“I CAN’T UNDERSTAND IT”
The foremost expert on the Anglo-Zulu Wars, Ian Knight not only guides us through the massacre at iSandlwana in 1879, but presents some great ideas about how to wargame the event in its entirety, or broken down into some key elements of the battle.
THE FINAL PROBLEM
We take a diversion from history in this article to bring you a showdown between super-sleuth Sherlock Homes, his sidekick Watson and Jack the Ripper!
GUNBOAT DIPLOMACY AND THE SHORTEST WAR IN HISTORY!
Once it had been submitted, we joked with contributor Bob Giglio that his article on the Anglo-Zanzibar War of 27 August, 1896, might take longer to read than the actual “war” took to fight (approximately 38 minutes). This article presents some great ideas on how to twist a few historical facts to create a fun wargame, as Bob did at HISTORICON 2012.
David Bickley returns with his ‘Last Stand’ offering, taking us into alternative WWII history – mixing P.G Wodehouse with Operation Sea Lion – to deliver a scenario in which Hitler dispatches a group of Fallschirmjäger, Wehrmacht and a vet (!) in search of a prize English pig.
GUNBOAT DIPLOMACY AND THE SHRTEST WAR IN HISTORY!
Pete Brown has contributed a lot of articles over the years, and when he heard about this issue’s theme he decided to revisit his first, submitted over 17 years ago – the Korean War battle of Imjin River.
LORD EMSWORTH’S LAST STAND
We talked with Teras from Geek Nation Tours about his novel business idea, and he was certainly excited to tell us about his recent ‘wargaming celebrity’ endorsement from none other than Donald Featherstone!
THE GLORIOUS GLOUCESTERS
The Battlefront Studio Team present their choices of the greatest ‘Last Stands’ of WWII. See if you agree and are inspired to refight any of them.
When David Tuck (of the Grimsby Wargames Society) was asked to join in on this anniversary issue, his mind immediately leapt to the incident that occurred in Mogadishu, HOLD THE LINE
Somalia, in 1993, later immortalized in the movie Black Hawk Down. See how David and his mates tackled this modern day ‘Against the Odds’ epic.
BLACK HAWK DOWN
Barry Hilton is a name that opens doors, and earlier this year one of the doors it opened was to the vault of the famous Dave Thomas. Inside this vault Barry discovered dozens of wonderful wargaming units, many of which had inspired him as a youngster, gracing the cover of Wargames Illustrated. We take a new look at the “top nine”, as it were.