Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy

WSS 117

Wargaming is a big hobby with many diverse factions and perspectives: striking a balance that pleases everyone can be truly challenging! We like to think what sets Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy apart from other historical wargaming magazines is its focus on having fun, no matter what kind of wargamer you are or what your background is. WS&S is a light-hearted publication, that pays particular attention to games themselves and how to play them: it doesn’t get bogged down in lengthy historical expositions or recycle content you can read yourself in any history book. While popular periods like WWII, the Napoleonic era, and the ancient world get frequent coverage, we also try to feature the unexpected, with articles on spies, monsters and gangsters to name but a few.

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“Soft countries breed soft men. For it is not possible for the same land to bear both wonderful fruits and men who are good at war.”– Cyrus the Great This quote from the final paragraph of Herodotus’ Histories has often been thought of as a last message. Though Herodotus put these words in the mouth of the first Persian king as a lesson to his countrymen, it may well have been meant as a mirror for the Greeks: you may just have defeated the Persians, but don’t go soft! Cyrus the Great carved out the largest Empire the world had seen, conquering the Medes, the Lydians, and the neo-Babylonian Empire. His successors added Egypt, Lybia, Kush, Anatolia and the Hindu Kush. Thrace, Macedon, and the Ionian states were also under Persian control…

18 min
miniature reviews

Plastic French infantry 1916-1940 Company: Wargames Atlantic Size: 28mm ‘foot to eye’ or 32mm tall in beret Era: World War I and early World War II Price: £25.00 for 35 miniatures www.wargamesatlantic.com Rarely does a set really impress me, but the new plastic French from Atlantic has. Not only do you get the helmets and weapons for the Great War (including Lebel and Berthier rifles, VB rifle grenade launcher, and Chauchat LMG), but the set also includes WWII weapons such as the MAS-38 SMG and the FM 24/29 LMG. There are two choices of backpack, plus canteens and gasmask containers. The head count is staggering – 42 variants! This includes Adrian helmets, kepis, M2 and ARS gas masks, and Senegalese heads. The variety of heads allows Foreign Legion, Senegalese Tirailleurs, and Harlem Hellfighters to be built…

8 min
more old toy soldiers

Even the product codes were based on the reference numbers for the book illustrations, something that serves as a great aid to identification for those of us who continue to collect and cherish these old wargames figures. And ‘wargames figures’ is what they surely are. They are not the super-detailed or dynamic models that we see today – nor are they especially large! I would say they were ‘25mm’ when that meant an inch tall, give or take a bit. Even when my Carthaginians were brand new they were obliged to face opponents a head taller if nominally also ‘25mm’. The three big names in wargames figures of the early- to mid-’70s were Minifigs, Hinchliffe, and Garrison. It tells you something about the rate of production when you consider that the…

4 min
edinburgh’s burning

The Treaty of Perpetual Peace (1502) lasted eleven years before it was broken by James IV. He and his successor fought England off and on for the next three decades, until James V died with his newly born daughter Mary (later Queen of Scots) as his heir. The English crown wanted Mary’s daughter to marry Henry VIII’s son, Prince Edward. This was at first agreed, discord soon broke out, and in 1544 the Scottish government renounced the treaty and broke off the engagement. King Henry VIII was furious and demanded vengeance. The king instructed: Put all to fire and sword, burn Edinburgh, so razed and defaced when you have sacked and gotten what ye can of it, as there may remain forever a perpetual memory of the vengeance of God lightened upon…

6 min
no fear of death

The British garrisoned forts spread across the Hindu Kush with Fort Lockhart on the Samana Range and Fort Gulistan in the Sulaiman Range (both originally built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh). By an error of geography, these two forts could not see each other, and so a new fortlet was built to allow communication by heliograph. The new fort, Saragarhi, was built on a rocky ridge with commanding views across the surrounding valleys. It was a small block house with loopholed firing steps on the ramparts and a signalling tower. This fort was a key part of the defensive line as not only was it the communication connection between the two larger forts, but at nearly 2,000 m above sea level it also had a commanding view across neighbouring valleys and…

5 min
points on points

As you may have guessed, I’m not a massive fan of the typical wargames tournament, nor the typical club pick-up game where gamers select their forces to a given points value. Commanders of real armies have rarely had the ability to summon the ideal force needed for the task in hand, but rather they have to deal with their mission with the resources at their disposal. To put it another way, Wellington never asked Napoleon how many points he was bringing to Waterloo … There will be those who regard list composition as an integral part of their wargaming experience; this isn’t for me. My own feelings are that every player should have a reasonable chance of fulfilling their objectives when the actual tabletop game commences, otherwise there is little point…