Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy WSS 115

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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“War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueller it is, the sooner it will be over.” – William Tecumseh Sherman In this issue of Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy, hopefully I will introduce wargamers to another side of the American Civil War, one that steers away from the traditional narrative of what we expect the conflict to look like. You know me; I like to challenge the consensus of wide-open battlefields and offer some alternatives. This issue has fights in rivers and swamps, in trenches, and over fortifications. Hopefully, it’ll inspire gamers to look at the Civil War in a different light. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed putting it together. I would also like to say a brief word about Duncan Macfarlane (1948-2021)…

17 min
miniature reviews

Plastic British and Canadian infantry Company: Warlord Games Size: 28 mm ‘foot to eye’ or 31 mm tall Era: World War II Price: £29.50 for 30 infantry www.warlordgames.com Warlord Games’ long-awaited late-war British (and Canadian) plastic set is here. The original British plastic set, now over a decade old, had separate arms for the weapons. The new set has seven bayoneted rifles per sprue, each one attached to arms; the weapons are notably larger, making them far more durable than the previous set. The boxed set contains five frames of plastic troops with bases and transfers. Heads are provided with steel helms (early and late) plus tam o’ shanter caps. Each frame has six torsos and a variety of weapons: rifles (as mentioned), three Stens, an LMG, a Webley pistol, a 2” mortar, and a PIAT.…

8 min
this gaming life richard halliwell, 1959-2021

Irecall the three of us sat down on the steps as we waited in the lunch queue, talking excitedly about rules and games. I was invited round to take part in a battle at the post office in Bracebridge where Richard’s family lived and where his father was postmaster. The house was a turn-of-the-century terrace affair. Richard’s bedroom window looked directly over the street. Buses would stop right in front of our wargame. Top-deck passengers gawped at the sight of two lads pushing hundreds of Airfix American Civil War figures over a piece of eight-by-four chipboard. Richard Halliwell and I would go on to become lifelong friends and collaborators, starting with teenage wargaming projects and, later, as fellow designers at Games Workshop. I don’t remember who won that first game played…

4 min
the greatest decisive battle you’ve never heard of the battle of ipsus, 301 bc

The armies of the Antigonids and the opposing Alliance met near the town of Ipsus on the plains of central Phrygia. On one side were arrayed the unified armies of King Antigonus ‘the One-eyed’, and his son Demetrius ‘the Besieger’. Demetrius was bold and energetic, but his father Antigonus was over 80 years old and could no longer ride. It is likely he directed the army from a litter carried in the middle of the phalanx. The Antigonids had 70,000 infantry, 10,000 cavalry, and 75 war elephants. The opposing army of the Alliance combined Cassander’s Macedonians with Lysimachus’ Thracian mercenaries and Seleucus’ masses of freshly gathered elephants. The allies had 64,000 infantry, 12,000 cavalry (mostly light cavalry), 150 war elephants, and 120 scythed chariots (not mentioned in other sources). Few details have…

12 min
the franco-castilian raid on the isle of wight in 1377 violence on vectis

Initially, the French had a much larger and more professional force, and were fighting a smaller force of largely irregular troops – quite different to the usual HYW scenario. Wargaming this campaign creates some challenging strategic decisions, and highlights the importance of a well-placed castle. The location at Carisbrooke is really critical as the key to the whole island. We played this out as an online Kriegspiel during the Covid-19 lockdown period, but you could use it as the basis for a matrix game, or a map-based setting for a series of interlinked campaign tabletop figure games. THE FRANCO-CASTILIAN SITUATION While sailing close to the Solent, a large storm has forced you to take shelter north of the Isle of Wight. The island should be raided and captured if possible and then…

9 min
us destroyers versus japanese cruisers the battle off samar

The Japanese Navy launched another of its typically complicated operations, ‘Sho-1’, to oppose the landings by sending three forces to the battle. The Centre and Southern Forces were two sides of a pincer attack through the northern and southern approaches to Leyte; and the Northern Force, consisting of the remaining aircraft carriers, with freshly trained aircrews, would serve as a decoy to lure Admiral Halsey’s Third Fleet away from the Leyte invasion force. This sacrifice of Japan’s last carriers would allow the surface combatant-based Centre and Southern Forces to complete their missions. The complete picture of this epic Pacific clash is fascinating to study but beyond the reach of this article. There are examples of submarine attacks and reconnaissance, air strikes, PT boat attacks at night, battleships exchanging broadsides, desperate destroyer…