And So, For The Very Last time… MWBG 402

This is the final time I shall be posting updates about the magazine I’ve nurtured for the last ten years, including the last three years as a joint title. Next month, it reverts to its former name of just Miniature Wargames and Battlegames will be just a memory – a fond one, I hope. And of course, you’ll be able to continue to get hold of digital versions of Battlegames via my shop right here and Gladius Publications.

Right, let’s crack on.

Miniature Wargames with Battlegames issue 402 front cover

Issue 402 marks a major shift, the last of one era of the magazine and the prelude to a new future. Outgoing editor Henry Hyde has made sure that his last issue packs a punch, covering a broad range of topics as always. Publication date is 23rd September


  • In Prelude to Kursk, the last installment of The red empire strikes back – fighting the Great Patriotic War one battle at a time, Andrew Rolph concludes his series of Ostfront scenarios with the Germans making a brave bid to pinch out one of the Russian salients near Kursk.
  • In Memoir 1643, Arthur Harman provides a complete set of rules for seventeenth century battles played on hex terrain, owing much to popular ‘crossover’ boardgames, with glorious photos of Andrew Brentnall’s magnificent 12mm ECW collection.
  • In Little Wars – the first miniature wargames, Benjamin Bourn celebrates the man who got it all started, back in the mists of time – the master storyteller and wargame inventor H G Wells.
  • In Grenouisse at bay part 4, the outgoing Editor takes us into the final chapter of the Grenouisse at Bay campaign, the latest installment of the never-ending Wars of the Faltenian Succession. The players wanted action – and they got plenty of it!
  • Craig Armstrong tells us It’s the little things, extolling the virtues of sub-28mm gaming and exhorting you to tread the tiny path.
  • And finally we have a show report from The Other Partisan 2016 by Neil Shuck who travelled to Newark on our behalf.


Of course, we have our regular spots too:

  • In his Briefing The Editor bids a fond farewell to the magazine he has nurtured since 2006, wishing it and its loyal supporters well.
  • In World Wide Wargaming, The Editor takes his final reconnaissance flight over the digital front line, where our hobby is evolving at the speed of light and providing us with new opportunities.
  • The Editor completes his regular spots this month with Forward Observer, steadying his binoculars to scan the wargaming horizon and see what’s heading our way.
  • Diane Sutherland gives us Spanish walls in her Continuing tales of a wargames widow. She has been dreading husband Jon’s demands for even more scenery, so now she pins him to the table, mutters “Nuestra casa tiene altas paredes blancas,” and picks up the knife.
  • In Fantasy Facts, John Treadaway scans the forthcoming fantasy and sci-fi horizon and finds that it is full of delights for the discerning gamer.
  • Norm Smith has a go at Wargaming my way, our series featuring a different wargamer every month. He steps up to tell us about his unique approach, based around limited space and constrained circumstances. It never fails to amaze how creative wargamers can be! Next time, it could be you…
  • In Hex Encounter, boardgame specialist Brad Harmer-Barnes posts his valedictory column, casting a fond look over his shoulder at the hexes he has encountered along the way.
  • In his Send three and fourpence column, Conrad Kinch provides thoughts on wargaming as a group endeavour.
  • The Editor gives a special Battlegames Combat Stress Appeal report this month, which includes a new initiative, the Combat Stress Kit Collection, which makes it possible for you to send kits, miniatures and wargaming accessories direct to the veterans undergoing Occupational Therapy. Please help!
  • And finally, our regular review slot Recce.

Our front cover photo, by the Editor, was taken as fire took hold as Prunkland’s forces stormed the city of Contre Rivière in the climactic battle of the Grenouisse at Bay campaign described in these pages. The figures are mostly 30mm plastic Spencer Smiths of 1970s

vintage, with a some Foundry.


Remember also to check out the new “Downloads” section on the new website at for additional material for Andrew Rolph’s article.


My very best wishes to new editor John Treadaway as he takes on this difficult job.


Roll ‘em high – and farewell!


32 comments for “And So, For The Very Last time… MWBG 402

  1. 22nd September 2016 at 12:13 am

    Henry, you’ve done a fine job with both your magazines. You should be proud. Very best wishes for the future.

    • henryhyde
      22nd September 2016 at 8:15 am

      Thank you Keith, much appreciated.

  2. Norm smith
    20th September 2016 at 5:21 am

    Thanks Henry and best wishes as to future plans. Hope all of this leaves you with some time to enjoy your recent ECW project. Enjoyed your Meeples podcast. Kind Regards Norm Smith.

    • henryhyde
      20th September 2016 at 8:01 am

      Thanks Norm.

  3. 17th September 2016 at 1:09 pm

    We’ll miss your unique work in the wargames arena, Henry. My son (almost seven) has discovered my stash of past BG issues, and we have begun enjoying them all over again. Together this time. Onward and upward with your new projects, but I hope you might have more time for the hobby now and make the occasional updates here.

    Bet Regards,

    Stokes and Young Paul

    • henryhyde
      18th September 2016 at 7:08 pm

      Thank you Stokes. I shall definitely be making updates!

  4. 16th September 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Dear Henry,

    Thank you for producing so many excellent magazines over the last decade. I know that they will be re-read often for inspiration in the future. Best wishes in all your future endeavours, I hope that everything works out the way you wish. And I am sure many of us will be eagerly looking forward to your next books.

    • henryhyde
      16th September 2016 at 9:13 pm

      Thank you John.

  5. 14th September 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Thank you Henry.
    Your enthusiasm for our hobby re-kindled my own.
    My wife will not thank you, but I will always be grateful.

    • henryhyde
      14th September 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Thanks Paul. Glad to know that I made a difference.

  6. Mike Leese
    13th September 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Good luck Henry,
    I’ve enjoyed all the magazines from Miniature Warfare to MW&BG.
    I’ve enjoyed MW and Battlegames and MW&BG.
    The imaginations has been my favourite since reading Charge! In 1969.
    I’m happy that you finished the series but as we all are, sad to see you leave.
    I hope you will keep your blog going.
    Best wishes.

    • henryhyde
      13th September 2016 at 11:36 pm

      Thank you Mike and I shall most certainly be keeping the blog going — in fact, I’ll have more time for it.

  7. Simon Miller
    13th September 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Henry, Mel and Sue all off on the same day! Very best of luck for the future Henry, I enjoyed your trip her last year and I’m sure I’ll see you at the shows.

    • henryhyde
      13th September 2016 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks Simon! See you around.

  8. 13th September 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Well Henry, Spencer Smith Miniatures will feel a lot more lonely without you around as a kindred spirit but thanks for all your support and good luck with whatever you are doing. Best Peter

    • henryhyde
      13th September 2016 at 7:35 pm

      Thanks Peter. You haven’t heard the last from me.

  9. Bryan money
    13th September 2016 at 3:55 pm

    All the best from an ardent wargamer.Have enjoyed your views over the years.Bryan

    Will still follow you on your site.

    • henryhyde
      13th September 2016 at 7:35 pm

      Thanks Bryan.

  10. 13th September 2016 at 3:39 pm

    You say that Battlegames is coming off of the masthead. Will the publishing company still hold the rights to that name? (Just curious.)

    • henryhyde
      13th September 2016 at 3:51 pm

      You can’t copyright a title unless it’s been trademarked. My legal advisers will be on this as of now.

  11. Patrick Gilliland
    13th September 2016 at 3:22 pm

    It’s been a good run Henry!

    • henryhyde
      14th September 2016 at 9:00 am

      It, has, Pat. Not a bad innings.

  12. Graham Knight
    13th September 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Good luck with Gladius, Henry. At least now I can delete all the half written articles I started whilst in exile with a clear conscience, and get back to repairing the collections that went into storage whilst I was away. Hopefully there will be occasion when we might put them to good use? I have enjoyed Battlegames since issue 1 and it has kept my wargaming feet firmly planted, it was always BG for me even after the Miniature Wargames element was bolted on, the house style showed through.

    • henryhyde
      13th September 2016 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks Graham and I look forward to examining your repairs at first hand. 🙂

  13. 13th September 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Thanks for a great many magazines. I’ve been enjoying each and every one of them and I hope to enjoy whatever your next adventure will be.

    • henryhyde
      13th September 2016 at 2:43 pm

      Thanks Joakim.

  14. 13th September 2016 at 2:37 pm

    “Best of..” and all that Henry – many hours of good reading in “Battlegames” – definitely one of the classics….

    • henryhyde
      13th September 2016 at 2:43 pm

      Thanks Steve.

  15. henryhyde
    13th September 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Thank you Paul.

  16. Paul Robinson
    13th September 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Cracking job as editor of the magazine. Well done. Battlegames is more than just a memory it is part of the history of the hobby and a good part of it too.
    Good luck and god speed.

    • 18th September 2016 at 7:06 pm

      Thank you Henry for rekindling my wargaming interest.
      I believe that I have chosen exactly the right time to stop resubscribing to mwbg – but I will need to find issue 401 somewhere…

      • henryhyde
        18th September 2016 at 7:09 pm

        Paul – email me your address, I think I’ve got a spare 401 you can have.

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