Battlegames issue 32 nearly done

Doesn’t time fly? This issue will be the sixth I have created for the new owners Atlantic Publishing which, I suppose, means I should stop calling them the ‘new owners’!

Ah, well, old habits die hard, and I hope you’ll agree that quality remains my watchword, especially as the magazine will have its second outing on the shelves of WH Smits up and down the UK, bagged together with sister publication Miniature Wargames. This exciting development is entirely thanks to the clout that Atlantic has with the giant newsagent – I’ve discussed before (on the View from the Veranda podcast, for example) how prohibitively expensive this route is for a one-man-band.

And the really big news is that in the new year, issues 33 and 34 will get a trial run being racked as a stand-alone publication! More about this in due course, naturally.

Anyway, to business. What can you expect?

Battlegames issue 32 front cover

Diane Sutherland goes “On the trail of the lonesome rawlplug”. After tracking down a particular type of this standard DIY accessory, she uses them to re-purpose an artificial Christmas tree – the perfect article as we approach the festive season!

Neil Shuck has plenty to say as ever, particularly about the recent trend for hobby companies to head over to Kickstarter to get new projects off the ground. He’s also been trying our Phil Hendry’s Augustus to Aurelian ancient rules published by the Lardies.

• The other half of the Sutherland duo, Jon, is here again too: “Ebb and flow” presents some cracking ideas for creating more realistic battlefield dynamics into your games, and shows you how you can make your own pack of Lardy-style cards to challenge your generalship according to the period being fought.

• Quirky contributor Conrad Kinch uses his “Send three and fourpence” column to ask some fundamental questions about our use of terrain in wargames, giving us some useful tips about making sure that our miniature landscapes are fit for purpose.

Warmaster Ancients fan Daniel Johnson makes a welcome return with “Deus lo volt! Doryleum 1079”. This is a thumping scenario from the Crusades, with fanatical Franks taking on the nimble Seljuk Turks in a cataclysmic battle that opened the path to the Holy Land. Colourful and fast-paced, this makes for a tremendous multi-player wargame.

• Our Command Challenge this issue comes from seasoned eighteenth century gamer and Fife & Drum Miniatures supremo Jim Purky. “Hold the line! Defence in depth: the action at Pitzer’s Ridge 1777” sees the American forces doing their best to save their supplies whilst a strong British force attempts to capture them. A real nail-biter!

Tim Beresford is another stalwart I’m glad to see back in the list of contributors. Here, he demonstrates his breathtaking painting skills in the first part of a two-part masterclass, “Colourama”, in which he discusses and demonstrates his methods for creating more realistic effects in miniature.

• In my own “Win more wargames” series of tactical lectures, I raise the stakes again, throwing the fictitious forces of Grenouisse and Granprix into an even larger encounter that now includes brigades and sub-commanders on a bigger battlefield. The play-through of the encounter from issue 31 with Iain Burt can be seen here on the blog.

Mike Siggins has an extended “Thoughts from the armchair” this outing because he’s go lots to say about ‘Double Dux’ – the two Dark Ages rulesets from TooFatLardies on the one hand and Dan Mersey for Osprey on the other. He comes to some interesting and surprising conclusions. He’s also been indulging in samurai games and Big Filing – you’ll have to see the piece to understand!

Recce is packed as usual, and The Battlegames Combat Stress Appeal carries both a report on my recent visit to Combat Stress HQ in Surrey to see their new courtyard garden for veterans and an announcement of the forthcoming auction for the latest painted figure, an Australian WWII miniature – painted, very fittingly, by a veteran.

With more besides and a boom in advertisers too, this issue should keep you happy for a while!

The magazine goes to press this Thursday and publication date is 8th November.



  1. Just gained a copy thru a whsmith bagged with the other one. I must say battlegames is head and shoulders above the other “miniatures” mags. Articles more erudite and realistic for the amateur gamer. I’ll be subscribing post haste. I expect the publishing house will reap the prophets (sic) nevertheless this publication is feeding my own born again wargamers appetite. Cheers.

  2. Henry

    Superb issue as usual, plenty of food for thought, and I do like the new styling details.

    I did detect a bit of an error however. I was confused by the map on P21 in the Command Challenge, until I realised that the North compass is upside down (actually rotated through 180 degrees)!!

    Maybe you should have word with your Survey Officer…



  3. Dear Mr.Hyde,

    it’s always great to read that a new issue of your fabulous magazine is going to arrive!
    I love your “win more wargames” series.
    May i just ad a wish for future consideration: i guess a lot of people, specially people who play alone, don’t have table sizes of 6 x 8 feet or larger, so i think it would be nice to see some scenarios with smaller tables or best a little workthrough/hints&clues on how to reduce the big batallions ( Wargame – style/rules) to adapt to smaller tables. There are some clues int the recently republished Wargames rules but i’d love to see them explained by an experienced wargamer. I personally struggle with the way to reduce distances and accordingly reduce the size of my units or not. I have to say i’m so far only a wargamer in beeing as i happily paint my Mindens, collect rules but never so far played a single wargame.
    By the way, when may we expect your book?

    I wish you all the best
    Elmar Roethy

    • Hello Elmar and thank you for your kind comments. Herzlichen Grüßen aus England!

      Your thoughts about using smaller tables are very interesting and I shall certainly do something to address this in a future article, perhaps even here on the blog. In fact, I’ve written about it in my book! Yes, the work that now has a semi-mythical status is in fact completely real and I’m doing the last bits of design at the moment – dropping in photos and captions, creating diagrams and that sort of thing. All of which should be finished in the next couple of weeks.

      Then the last thing is the indexing, and a final proofing.

      My understanding is that Pen & Sword plan to launch the book at the Salute show next April.

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