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    Sadly, the news of yet another stalwart of the hobby passing away has reached the Battlegames studio. Mike Ingham, who previously ran the Wargames Holiday Centre, died on February 4th after a long illness. He was highly thought of by a great many wargamers and of course will be terribly missed by his loved ones. Mark Freeth of

    the new Wargames Holiday Centre, now in Basingstoke, posted a very moving tribute online which can be found at www.wargameshc.co.uk/index.php/a-light-goes-out/

    On a brighter note, it would seem that our hobby remains in rude health. Never before has such a plethora of products poured forth from publishers, manufacturers, rule-writers, sculptors and others, be their ventures large, small or somewhere in between. What is most encouraging is that our hobby appears to be booming not only in terms of quantity, but qualitatively as well. Whether your preferred medium is plastic or metal, there is just a mind-boggling array of goodies to choose from, and in every scale conceivable.

    Let’s dwell on that last thought for a moment. As many of you know, I’ve been designing the packaging for Will Townshend’s Plastic Soldier Company, and every time he releases a product, I know that he’ll need boxes for 28mm, 15mm and 1/72 scale versions of everything he does, virtually simultaneously.

    Looking around, just at the Cavalier show in Tonbridge last Sunday, I realised that Will isn’t alone in purveying more than one scale. I found myself next to the Fighting 15s stand, for example, and as their name implies, they are of course well known for selling the beautiful AB 15mm figures – but Ian Marsh was keen to show me the latest 3mm (yes, three millimetre!) offerings from Polish company Oddzial Osmy. A range which started with some micro (no kidding) armour is now moving into horse and musket and thereafter, I presume, other periods too. Borodino in a briefcase? Why not!

    By comparison, Peter Berry’s offerings from Baccus seem positively enormous, but at least my eyesight can just about cope with his creations, and the same goes for the GHQ stuff you can see in my article this issue. And of course Magister Militum, who import the GHQ armour I love so much, are also purveyors of their own 10mm and 15mm miniatures.

    Editorial Contents

    Cover: A Matilda brews up, victim to accurate fire from a Panzer IV, while the German commander looks on with satisfaction. 1/285 micro armour from the Editor’s collection. Photo by the Editor.

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    Tiles of a wargames widow part 2  4 Diane Sutherland, UK

    Forward Observer  8 Mike Siggins, UK

    At the sharp end  10 Richard Clarke, UK

    Grand tactical Napoleonics  14 Bob Barnetson and Bruce MacFarlane, Canada

    1806 in miniature  19 Jim Purky, USA

    The Battlegames Terry Wise Award  23 A new commemorative award

    The Battlegames Combat Stress Appeal: update  24 Our campaign to help support ex-service personnel continues

    Command challenge  25 Henry Hyde, UK

    A starter for ten  31 Conrad Kinch, Ireland

    Recce  34 New goodies reviewed by our team

    The Battlegames shop  44 The place to order your subscription and much more

    Competition and classified ads  46 Another great competition Events March/April  47

    Richard Tyndall, UK

    But the variety doesn’t stop there, and I have been involved in a couple of games using 10mm Pendraken figures that have really appealed visually, coming close to that ultimate middle ground between the mass effect of oodles of figures on the table, and sufficient detail on the miniatures to appeal to the button-counting enthusiast.

    The phenomenon isn’t entirely new, of course, and dear old Minifigs, now in the hands of Dave Ryan at Caliver Books, were pioneers in 15mm, 25mm and even 5mm blocks. And who remembers Hinchliffe with their System 12 back in the 1970s?

    The moral? Scale creep can go down as well as up! Nowadays, I can choose precisely the type and size of miniature I want, in the periods I like, to match the type of game I want, big for skirmishes, small for army action.

    Until next time, roll ‘em high!

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    Tiles of a wargames widow part 2 The continuing tales of a wargames widow

    by Diane Sutherland

    Last issue we saw that my troglodyte existence on the island of Crete was tinged with joy and dread. There was joy that the wargamer was shipping out more of his toys so I could now see my furniture. Dread that there was another fortnight coming up filled with chocolate paint, wood glue and dust. It was also joyful to think that, using a wargaming term here, reinforcements had appeared on the horizon. They were galloping in to outflank those terrain boards. So far there had been little talk about other “essential” terrain items; hills, rivers, forts, forests and such like. I had hoped I could take a bit of a back seat and work up a tan before the guests arrived. Wrong again, I was as white a sheet when we drove to pick up Joe Dever, the first guest, a fortnight later.

    b The term “designated driver” has all sorts of

    connotations, doesn’t it? An over-indulgent wedding reception springs to mind. So too does a party where you are the only one drinking orange juice all night. In the wargamer’s head, it means, “just pop to X please and get me Y”. Now I had two wargamers to cope with, as the reinforcement came in the shape of Tim Hall, the wargamer’s long-standing friend and wargame opponent.

    b We left the terrain boards in May 2010 with a chocolate

    undercoat and some very basic dry-brushing tests completed. However, the entire surface area of the vast table was like a rugby pitch in the autumn; mud, mud and more mud. It was also as flat as a pancake. We had decided that all of the hills, mountains and other terrain features would be freestanding. Also to be made were two stretches of river beds, each of which would have to be three tiles long. We opted for dried river beds, again multi-purpose. One would represent the Tavronitis River in the Crete game and the other would be used for the Indian Mutiny game.

    Carving out a river bed from a sheet of insulation board

    is a thankless task. Having done this in miniature with the roads, we knew how long it would take and how many fingers would be lost in the process. The simple solution is stick a full 60cm square board onto the MDF and then cut all the way down to it. All that’s required then is to texture the river bed and the banks after a little tidying up. The same

    Three dried river bed terrain tiles. These have been textured with wall filler. To the left the partially completed lake or pond.

    Some of the carved, textured, glued and sanded mountains and hills. These all needed to be dusted down before painting. In the background, for the eagle eyed amongst you, you can see the mass production of range sticks.

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    The next stage in hill completion. The hill on the left is 2.5m long and has three levels. The mountain in the background has a track and flat surfaces

    for fields and woods.

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    technique was used to make the lake for the Crete game (later to pose as a