Wargames Soldiers and Strategy.
I have not reviewed any magazines for a couple of years. That is mostly because I don't see that many these days but also because those I do see often have so little content once you get past the sometimes useful product reviews.
So it was with no little pleasure that I discovered WSS no 119 actually had something to read in it once I got past the useful product reviews.
The featured subject this issue is Napoleon's Imperial Guard and the mag has 6 articles which feature various aspects of the Guard . These 6 include 3 scenarios for Napoleonic games none of which patronise me or treat me as if I was 14, this in itself is a major plus point as frankly I get seriously tired of magazine articles that assume I need fingers for the long words. The article on the Battle of Hanau was particularly interesting - an excuse to use Bavarians in an historical context.
Other articles include one on early Tudor armies US Paras in Normandy and a nice one on the Welsh Marcher Lords - actually Normans of course with a scenario for fighting the Welsh..
All of these articles had a little historical intro to set to scene and introduce a little context before getting into the scenario - if one was included which for the 'how to' on the Tudors it was not.
As usual the mag is filled with eye candy - all in the 'received style' but mostly none the worse for that though perhaps some different styles of modelling and painting could be included once in a while - mind you the tiny 2mm(?) Romans and Germans were certainly different. Still it would be nice to see some 15mm , other than tanks, once in a while.
Rick Priestley's 'This Gaming life' column definitely struck a chord - much of its purport was on the use of Umpires - which is something I have been in favour of since at least the 1990s- all the games featured on this blog are Umpire controlled and I wrote and article on Umpiring for MW several years ago now. Nevertheless it is nice to see someone else advocating a similar set of methods.
If I had a complaint it would be that on the whole the articles were on the short side - but then that seems to be the prevailing fashion these days. Some seem to find more that a couple of thousand words too much for the brain.
Still a fine mag indeed. Best mag I have seen for some months. . Recommended