WI383, September 2019

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OBSERVATION POST
A look at new and forthcoming products in our hobby, with a focus on what we spotted at Historicon 2019.

THEME: FRONTIER WAR
Rolf Grein introduces us to this month’s Frontier Wars theme.

COVER MOUNT FOCUS: LETHAL LANDSKNECHTS
A look at the most feared, ruthless and flamboyant mercenaries who ever fought across the battlefields of Europe.

THEME: “THIS BLACK AND FATAL DAY”
Robert Giglio and Jefferson Hobbs outline a typical frontier action and offer some advice on the wargaming potential behind the Battle of Bloody Brook, 1675.

DESIGNER’S NOTES: A GENTLEMAN’S WAR
Howard Whitehouse discusses his ‘shiny toy soldier’ rules, his influences and more.

THEME: AUSTRALIAN FRONTIER WARFARE
Rolf Grein returns to explore the clashes between the British army and settlers against the tribes of aborigines that resisted settlement in Australia in the late 18th to early 20th Centuries.

“IT TOOK OVER THE AIRPORTS”
Colonel (Retired) Bill Gray digs into the ‘history’ surrounding recently declassified information regarding the use of British airships during the American Revolution.

THEME: GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER AT THE MOVIES
Nick Buxey takes us on a journey into the realms of frontier legend.

THEME: PAINTING CUSTER
By Ben Macintyre of Demon Brush.

TALKIN’ TONKIN
We speak to David Marshall about the construction of the award winning Tonkin 1884 table which demoed at Salute 2019 and attracted a great deal of attention for its sweeping vista and superb detail.

BRISTOL DOWN
Pete Brown takes us to the North West Frontier, for some inter-war gaming with downed pilots and hostile natives.

INSIDER INTERVIEW: DR STEPHEN TURNBULL
We pose some wargamers questions to Stephen Turnbull – Samurai-era expert.

HISTORICON 2019
For the third time in as many years, the HMGS flagship convention – Historicon – changed locations. Change can be a difficult thing for all of us, but the vast majority of the gamers and vendors I spoke to at Historicon 2019 agreed that this change was incredibly welcome.

HAVING A PULPTASTIC TIME
On 6 July, we hosted 7TV Day IV with our friends from Wargames Foundry, Crooked Dice and Edgehill University. This time around, we were celebrating the publication of 7TV: Pulp, the latest in a string of supplements which take the 7TV rules system and adapts it for different genres. 7TV: Pulp is focused on the pulp serials and fiction of the 1930s and 40s – plenty of scope for adventure!

WARWICK’S CARRACK
Michael Davis shares an ambitious project to create a painstakingly accurate model of ‘The Kingmaker’s’ ship.