Review of Star Wars snow speeder model

Jonathan Aird finds a useful 1/72 model of another Star Wars vehicle.

It’s on the Reviews page.

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Review of Tabletop Gaming magazine No. 13

Jonathan Aird likes the latest issue of this rapidly growing magazine.

It’s on the Reviews page.

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Are there solo sites on Facebook? Why, yes, there are

By JJ Parus

I’ve found some Facebook groups that might be of interest to Lone Warriors.

Facebook, of course, is a public media forum where folks connect, and aside from being a “friends and family” site, it is filled with “groups” dedicated to specific interests. There is a group for solo wargaming with miniatures, and there are groups for specific games or rules. I’m a big fan of Buck Surdu’s “Combat Patrol” rules

https://www.facebook.com/CombatPatrol

which play solo and are versatile, easy to learn, and well supported. There is also a group for solo boardgaming,

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=solo%boardgamers

as well as such non-wargame related topics as cooking with herbs, wildlife photography, political sites, etc. – just about any topic that might interest you. On Facebook, you only see the groups that you choose to sign up for and join.

The posts are typically short messages and may include pictures, links to the blog pages of the poster, AARs, reviews, etc. You can post questions, offer ideas, and generally chat.

Here’s the address for Solo Wargaming With Miniatures:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/263342390505109

The site describes itself as:

“A group dedicated to exploring all facets of Solo Wargaming with Miniatures. A place for solo gamers to discuss rules, house rules, and techniques to better the solo experience.

“If you play a lot of games solo … this group is for you, no matter the rules systems you play”

On a recent day, posts included notice of an upcoming series of YouTube videos on solo tactics, a number of pics from games, links to blogs, a threat generator system, several AARs or games in progress reports, and discussion of a campaign game someone is running.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t include Two Hour Wargames. They are all written with a (for lack of a better term) common gaming engine. That is great because if you learn Chain Reaction (sci-fi but usable as generic any period), then you know the basics of Six Gun Sound (Old West), NUTS (WWII), All Things Zombie (post-Apoc), and Rally Round the King (medieval and fantasy)

The great thing about THW rules is that they are designed to work either FTF or solo and the dice system works well to take the god-like control of your figs away and provides a good AI in the process.

https://www.facebook.com/TwoHourWarGames

I think that any number of these Facebook groups could be a source of cross-pollination. Folks who read Lone Warrior magazine or the Lone Warrior blog might find these Facebook sites of interest as well, because of the information shared and the camaraderie of much more frequent contact with solo gamers. In addition, the Facebook folks would be introduced to the magazine and the blog and perhaps either subscribe and/or contribute.

By the way, if any of the links above don’t work, just go to Facebook and type the name of the group into the Search window.

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No. 201 is on the way

The latest issue of Lone Warrior is days away from distribution. Here’s a preview of what’s in it:

  • “The Search for Solo” by J. Gow. Solo campaigning with Rally Round the King rules, including a battle report.
  • “Blockade Runner” by Jeffrey G. Chorney. Setting up a campaign game for the ACW, with rules, descriptions of playing pieces, counters, a map and card descriptions for this card-driven game.
  • “Going Smaller to Get Larger” by George Arnold. Moving to a smaller scale to expand a table’s size, scale-wise, also with a battle report.
  • “A Scratch-Built Soviet Gunboat in 1/72 Scale” by Rob Morgan. Describing how to assemble a model for riverine warfare.
  • And, the first free advertisement from a subscriber, this one for a podcast for “old school games.”

This is a 58-page issue, with the usual assortment of color photos, charts and graphics. Coming soon!

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One last sample article for 2017

This month’s sample article from past Lone Warriors is titled “Something Borrowed.” It’s by Paul Le Long and in it he describes making up a solo sci-fi game from bits and pieces of other games.

It’s on the Sample Articles page.

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Review of ‘Blenheim: Battle for Europe’ book

Rob Morgan reviews a book on the Battle of Blenheim (1704) and finds it a useful read for solo possibilities, which he discusses at some length.

It’s on the Reviews page.

Posted in Periods - Eighteenth century, Solo wargaming | 1 Comment

Review of Tie Striker model from Star Wars

Jonathan Aird reviews a model from the Rogue One movie, a Tie Striker, used for atmospheric combat, rather than in deep space.

It’s on the Reviews page.

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The most useless warship in history?

By Rob Morgan

My 1/1200th-scale ACW fleets don’t get anything like the use they did 20 years ago. Now, I tend to use the 1/600th-scale models of Peter Pig with a few American-made Thoroughbreds thrown in, the latter for the more unusual types and one-offs, CSS Stonewall being a good example. Anyway, the old Navwar, Skytrex and Lizard’s Grin 1/1200ths came out of their trays recently, and this one stood out. I think I bought a pack or two of them — USS Casco monitors, or gunboats, depending on your perspective! That was in the early Nineties.

One I made up as the usual gunboat with an unprotected gun forward. The other sat there for a while. Quite why I turned the second one into a balloon vessel, I don’t know. But here it is. A half-inch diameter plastic ball cemented over the gun position, a small gun right aft, and a big anchor at the bow, The white ship’s boat is an add-on too. It looks all right and, though probably historically inaccurate, if I remember Cascos were seriously played around with to find something that a half-million-dollar warship could usefully provide for the river fleets — gunboats, torpedo boats, etc. So why not give one of these awash-decked boats to the intrepid Thaddeus Lowe to play around with and mount a balloon aboard?

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A sample article for November

This month’s sample article is a Blast from the Past!  Lone Warrior No. 10 was published in 1977.  It is noteworthy because it included the first installment of Lone Warrior’s founder John Bennett’s campaign “Gussie.”  Long-time SWA member Godfrey Bailey provided the copy of this issue.

Read the entire issue on the Sample Articles page.

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Review of ‘The Damascened Blade’ book

Derek Clark reviews a novel set on the North West Frontier in the 1920s.

It’s on the Reviews  page.

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