Latest Lone Warrior is on the way

Editor Rich Barbuto reports that Lone Warrior No. 208, the latest issue of the magazine, is ready for delivery and will be in subscribers’ hands within days.

Here’s a preview of the contents:

  • “D-Day: Making a Game” by David Newport. A report on a D-Day invasion game that has been run at gaming conventions. Included are a discussion of what to simulate and how, a full set of fast-play rules, and an after-action report on one of the resulting games.
  • “Easy Napoleonics” by George Knapp. A set of fast-play rules that provide games lasting about two hours, but still provide the flavor of Napoleonic warfare.
  • “Adventure Awaits! Wargaming in the Pulp World” by Kevin White. Skirmish rules for an adventure game set in the early  to mid-2oth Century, ala John Carter of Mars or Indiana Jones.
  • “My Solo Wargaming: Inspiration from Solo and Cooperative Board Games” by Brian Cameron. A report on the mechanisms used in some solo board games and how they can be adapted to other solo games, especially skirmish types.
  • “SWAT” by Preston Shah. A report on a role-playing game about a police Special Weapons and Tactics unit on a hostage rescue mission.
  • “Something Other Than Gaming: Always With the Organizing” by George Arnold. In between games, there’s always some more organizing to do, at least for this gamer. What’s he been up to?
  • “How I Was Taken Over by the War Gaming Hobby and the Great Enjoyment Achieved by Writing Articles for the Lone Warrior” by Craig Dunglison. Another personal story of just how the writer discovered games, soloing and writing for this publication

Sixty-five pages this issue, including the standard use of color in photos, illustrations and charts. If you’re reading this summary and aren’t already a subscriber, now’s a good moment to become one! Go here.

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Age of Sail rules added

The latest set of rules from past Lone Warrior’s has been added. The “Wooden Walls, Iron Balls and Paper Ships” rules are by Paul Le Long and can be played with paper ships courtesy of Mike Crane. (They can also be played with miniatures.)

They are on the Complete Rule Sets page.

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Women at War

By Rob Morgan

I picked up a short review of a reprinted book called “Women, Armies & Warfare” by John A. Lynn II, in University the other day. Published by Cambridge University Press in the UK, it’s a short 251-page book. It will probably be  months before I get to see a copy, if I do at all, but the reviewer indicates that it provides some interesting accounts of the involvement of women in military activity during the 1600s, and not merely those well documented few who hid their gender for one reason or another.

Some references from Lynn’s work intrigued me, the defence of Brunswick in 1615, in which the women of the city, led by one Frau Gesche Meiburg held off the enemy, is not an action I’m familiar with. While the assertion, with which the reviewer agrees, that “A Cavalry Brigade of 3,000 men would have been accompanied by a ‘camp community’ of at least 4,000 non-combatants” during the 30 Years War must obviously have significance for the table-top wargamer. More so, since the bulk of these people were women, serving as sutlers, whores, washerwomen, etc, and who would frequently play an active role in the fighting, when necessary.

Even a decisive role on occasion.

I’ve always liked the concept of the early modern army (and the Medieval one, and the Napoleonic too for that matter) as a semi-permanent mobile town, which gives much so more to the wargame. Lynn uses the term aggregate contract armies” to describe the fighting forces involved, and of course as he asserts the numbers of camp followers loping along with the army did decline as the period went on. He suggests after 1650, but this choice of date probably only reflects the decline in mass military activity across Europe with the Peace of Westphalia.

Worth a lot more investigation in wargames terms alone. If I recall, Don Featherstone wrote on the subject some 30 years ago. “Yes, you’ve still got two Regiments of Foot, but I’m using my strategic reserve of 2,000 washerwomen and chancers!”

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A sample article for September

This month’s offering from past Lone Warriors is “Blockade Runner.” In the article, Jeffrey G. Chorney explains his own design for a board/miniatures game set during the American Civil War.

It’s on the Sample Articles page.

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Review of HALO Urban Warthog model

Jonathan Aird likes this model of a lightly armed and armored fighting vehicle. The review is on the Reviews page.

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A Jack Scruby catalogue from early 1970s

Rich Barbuto takes a look back at a Jack Scruby catalogue from the early 1970s. Scruby, one of the founders of the hobby, especially in the U.S., was producing a wide variety of figures in many eras and sizes, long before metal figures became more widely available.

The review, with some page shots, is on the Reviews page.

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Battleships at Okinawa 1945

By Rob Morgan

(This is a note I wrote for the Naval Wargames Society newsletter recently. I thought it might be of interest to one or two SWA members who fight the Pacific Campaigns, and have wargamed the sea fight at Okinawa.)

The American Fleet at Okinawa during Operation Iceberg was truly immense, and was accompanied by the small British task force. The critical point of the operation, massive kamikaze attacks aside, must have been the Japanese surface attack, Operation Ten Ho, the final voyage of Yamato. She was destroyed by US air power of course, but during the fighting on Okinawa there was a period of bad weather known as the ‘plum rains.’

A model of Yamato.

What if Ito’s small force had attacked during the bad weather? If air power had been ineffective for reason of adverse weather conditions? Well. Halsey, of course, had no fewer than eight fast modern battleships — USS Massachusetts, Indiana, North Carolina, Washington, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Missouri, and New Jersey.

He could also call on HMS King George V and HMS Howe. In all, 72 16-inch guns, plus 20 14-inch guns against nine18-inch. There were as well 10 older US battleships in the bombardment groups, USS Texas, Idaho, Nevada, etc.  with an immense number of 12-inch and 14-inch guns carried. The Japanese ‘raid,’ as it’s so often described, could, quite possibly, have been the last battleship encounter in history. On paper, not only one-sided, but a clear wipe-out. Or not? Has anyone in the NWS ever wargamed this potential encounter, particularly in less than good weather conditions?

This must surely have been the largest concentration of battleships in one campaign since Jutland. How would the Yamato have fared before being overwhelmed? I’m reminded, incidentally, that one of the US warships, USS Washington, was the only modern American capital ship to engage an enemy vessel of similar size, the old pre-WWI battlecruiser Kirishima in 1942.

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A new sample article

Kevin White provides this month’s sample article from previous number of Lone Warrior. “A House Divided” is a rule set focused on the English Civil War, and the article features photos of his paper soldier armies of the period.

It’s on the Sample Articles page.

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Favourite back issues?

By Martin Smith

Looking at requesting back issues of Lone Warrior, after a nigh on three-decade lapse (!). Thought I’d ask —

Which were your favourite issues of Lone Warrior (and why)?

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Nothing on D-Day?

By Rob Morgan

One of the things I anticipated, what with it being the 75th anniversary and all that, was a rash of material, notes, photos, comments, ideas for wargames, etc, etc, about D-Day in the Blog thing.

Nothing. Nothing at all.

I can’t understand why. Not at all. Perhaps solo gaming D-Day, the attack on Pegasus Bridge, the German small naval craft response and the astonishing potential of the Bocage no longer appeals to the modern wargamer.

Anyway, here’s my D-Day contribution. Three photos of Normandy sites from my collection.

1. A Sexton 25pdr Self Propelled Gun. Near Arromanches, behind Gold Beach. About a hundred metres inland.









2. A Centaur tank of the Royal Marines Armoured Group. This is mounted as a memorial at Pegasus Bridge.










3. A massive 88, Flak 41, mounted on a field carriage. This is in the yard at a farm near Formigny, behind Omaha Beach. A big gun. Very.

A quiz question to end. What date was D-Day originally intended to be? Answer, June 5th. Weather delayed it for a day.

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