Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy WSS 116

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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“The whole art of war consists of guessing at what is on the other side of the hill.”–Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington The question is, of course, how Wellington knew what was on the other side of the hill; to the lay person it might sound like brilliance or some sort of mystic ability. In war, one does not simply ‘guess’, one gets reports from eyes on the ground. To paraphrase Sun Tzu, knowledge of the enemy’s dispositions cannot be gained from spirits, nor from just experience, nor by any deductive calculation alone. It can only be obtained from other men. Throughout history, any successful army relied on good recon, not on luck. The brilliance of a commander would rely on knowing the enemy’s disposition in the field. But, of course, there is…

18 min
miniature reviews

15mm English Civil War Company: Steel Fist Miniatures Size: 14mm ‘foot to eye’ or 16mm tall; cavalry stand 24mm tall Era: English Civil War and Thirty Years’ War Price: £16.50 for 28 infantry or 14.95 for 12 cavalry www.steelfistminiatures.com Steel Fist Miniatures has launched a new range of 15mm miniatures suitable for the English Civil War. The infantry range consists of two sets of armoured pike (one of models with shouldered pikes and one with models in a charging pose) and two of shotte (one with shouldered arms and one giving fire). The cavalry consists of twelve sets of horse, covering trotters, gallopers, dragoons, and cuirassiers. Steel Fist intends for this to be a comprehensive range, so it will include artillery and Scots Covenanters at a future date. The models are well cast and sculpted, with…

8 min
local wargaming

That things have changed there is no doubt. SELWG in October is no longer in South London; Warfare has abandoned Reading for Ascot; Salute is fashionably late with a brave shout of going for a November date. I wish them all the best of luck and plan to attend all three, either running games, trading, or just as a punter. If there is one thing that the hobby now needs it is support for those clubs who are prepared to take the risk of putting their money into a speculative venture when it is clear that some, maybe even many, of us are still concerned about the health risk of large gatherings. But, before we abandon the lessons of the past and rush to return to the brave new world that…

4 min
downfall of the faint-hearted

Several groups headed for Jerusalem, arriving piecemeal in Byzantine territory. One of the first groups to arrive was from Lombardy, led by Anselm IV the Archbishop of Milan. They started pillaging Byzantine territory and were quickly ferried across the Bosporus to Nicomedia, where they would be less of a nuisance. There, they were joined by Stephen of Blois, Stephen of Burgundy, Eudes of Burgundy, and Conrad constable of the Holy Roman Empire. A detachment of Byzantines led by Raymond of Toulouse joined them, along with a force of Pecheneg mercenaries hired by the emperor. The group headed east into Seljuk territory. The initial plan was to head south to Konya, but an argument broke out. The Lombards, the most numerous faction, insisted that the crusade head north, and later east.…

7 min
an almost-perfect surprise attack

In 1864, Paraguay decided to side with the Blanco government of Uruguay, who were fighting a civil war against the Colorado faction, backed by Argentina and Brazil. To alleviate pressure on the Blancos, the Paraguayan military mobilized and attacked both Brazilian and Argentinian provinces. Unfortunately, by April 1865, the Blancos were defeated when Montevideo was surrounded and the Colorados took power. Paraguay now found itself at war with the Triple Alliance of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. The Paraguayan invasions had won many battles, but by the end of 1865 the tide was turning. In April 1866, Allied troops crossed the Parana River and bombarded Paso de la Patria with a Brazilian naval fleet. This one-sided action involved an amphibious assault. Next, the allies attacked and successfully took the outpost of Fort…

7 min
project 1940

We have previously run group projects very successfully. Ten years ago, with ‘Project Platoon’, for example, we built late World War II armies and tested them out with various rulesets (see WS&S 60). Several years ago, James suggested that we paint armies for the Battle of Ligny (WS&S 69 and 70), which inspired the recent recreation of Waterloo in 28mm at Glasgow University for the Waterloo Uncovered charity (WS&S 94 and 104). Now that we are all returning to gaming, the editor thought it was time we had a 1940 theme, and what better way than to get a group of like-minded gamers together to paint up and play-test the scenarios for that issue? We set a date for WS&S 120, which should be out in May/June 2022. The field was…