A Sample Article for June

Picture of Marvel Legendary game art

This month’s sample article from previous issues of Lone Warrior is ‘“Legendary Leagues” with the game Marvel Legendary’ by Craig Dunglison.

The author explains how Leagues for players of Marvel Legendary work and the benefits they provide the solo gamer, including substantial gaming opportunities and a like-minded community. A link to the League site is included.

It’s on the Sample Articles page.

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Coming Soon: Issue 219!

Cover image of Lone Warrior, Issue 219.

According to Editor Rich Barbuto, the next issue of Lone Warrior is hitting inboxes soon.

Here’s a preview of what you’ll find inside:

  • “North-West Frontier 1897 – A Punitive Colonial Wargame,” by Nic Birt. A scenario and solo rules for a game set on the North-West Frontier of India in the late 19th century. Includes a game report of the rules in action.
  • “The Battle of Corydon (1863): What if the Militia had Barricaded the Bridge?” by Jim Rohrer. Historical background and “what if?” scenario of General Morgan’s raid from Kentucky into Indiana during the American Civil War. Includes game report and bibliography.
  • “Chaos and Order: A Rules Evolution Episode 4: Back to Maps,” by John Barnard. In part four of this series on campaigns, the author describes his method for generating an abstract map for solo campaigns.
  • “A Matter of Scale: Big battles, small space,” by George Arnold. The author takes us on his quest to find his Grail: a fast moving, decisive game with the feel of a big battle, but on a card table-sized space. Includes a game report.
  • “Uses of Model Train Scenery for Wargamers,” by Jim Rohrer. An overview of the pros and cons of using model train scenery for gaming.
  • “Stolen Goodies – Gleaning Campaign Ideas from Others,” by Martin Smith. A sampling of map-less campaign systems with the author’s impressions and tweaks.
  • “Big Battles in Small Spaces,” by Brian Cameron. The author extols the virtues of 6mm figures and shares his ideas for how rules can support the impression of a big battle.
  • “So why Victory Points?” by Brian Cameron. The author presents his case for the benefits of achieving objectives over victory points in wargaming.
  • “Solo Random Movement System,” by Ian Barstow. A card-based randomized movement sequence for solo wargaming, modified by command-and-control rules and logical reactions. Rules include variable movement rates.
  • “Why I Write for Lone Warrior,” by Peter R. Barkworth. The author shares his wargaming background and personal reasons for contributing to Lone Warrior. You don’t want to miss the anecdote about the fire at Thermopylae!
  • “Editorial,” by Rich Barbuto. A final editorial from our departing editor covering the history of Lone Warrior and the Solo Wargamers Association, how he came to be editor, why he chose to pass the torch, and his current and future plans.
  • Letter From Kenn Hart. A ‘thank you’ from Kenn Hart for Rich’s service and an update on his own recent activities.
  • “And, an Important Introduction!” by David Newport. Meet our incoming editor, David Newport. Here he discusses his background and shares his thoughts about Lone Warrior.

Non-subscribers? This is what you’re missing — content like this every quarter. Want to subscribe? Click here for details!

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‘Bad Roads and Poor Rations: Fifty-nine Wargame Scenarios for the North American War of 1812’ Reviewed

From the lavish illustrations and maps to the historical background reflecting the latest scholarship, Rich Barbuto finds much to recommend in this volume of scenarios for the War of 1812 by Adrian Mandzy, Ph.D.

It’s on the Reviews page.

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Table of Contents Updated

The Table of Contents for issues of Lone Warrior from 2020-2024 has now been updated to include contents through issue 219.

It’s on the Back Issues and Tables of Contents page on this website.

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Website Updates

Hi all! It’s your friendly neighborhood Website Manager here.

I’ve made a few adjustments to the site and thought it worth mentioning them so there aren’t any surprises!

  • Site menu change: If you don’t see something you’re looking for, check under “Bonus Material”. All of the pages that existed on the menu before are still present, just organized differently. If you do find that I missed one, please let me know.
  • Clickable categories: The category lists are clickable on the Reviews and Ospreys at Glance pages, so you can jump to a desired section of the page and then back to the top more easily. You can still scroll if that’s more to your liking. This was done a few months ago, but it didn’t seem worthy of its own post.
  • Cleaning up the Home page: I have hidden the blog Archive and Categories on the Home page. For now, those widgets still appear on all of the other pages. Ultimately, the plan is for them to exist only on the “Blog” page.
  • reCAPTCHA for the Contact Form: OK, you can’t actually see this one, but I’ve set up invisible reCAPTCHA on the Contact form in an effort to stem the incredibly overwhelming tide of spam we get via that form (and which ends up in my inbox). If this doesn’t work out, I will move to the kind that requires solving a puzzle or checking a box. Hopefully, it won’t come to that.
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The Worst Twentieth Century General?

by Rob Morgan

My colleague, Trevor, is a WWI historian and I asked his opinion on the worst commanders of that particular period. He suggested the Russian, Samsonov, in the 1914 Tannenberg campaign, any number of Austrian generals, before and after the capture of their Eastern fortresses, or, as he said, take your pick of French or British commanders on the Western Front. WWI was a lean time for generals all around.

We both came to the same conclusion in terms of the Second World War though.

The absolute worst commander was Marshal Rudolfo Graziani of the Royal Italian Army. He’d achieved notoriety and success in the Italian invasion of Abyssinia.  When old Marshal Balbo was accidentally shot down by his own anti-aircraft guns, Graziani took over command of the huge Italian forces in Libya planning to invade Egypt and capture the Suez Canal.

A glance at a map will show that this was no great distance. For a well-handled army of a quarter of a million, massively outnumbering its 30,000 British and Commonwealth opponents, the task was straightforward.

But the Italians had Graziani!

The invasion, such as it was, halted within days. An amazing failure to deal with, even to face, the ensuing British counterattack, which only started as a raid, ultimately lost Marshal Graziani over 138,000 prisoners of war, some 450 tanks, around 1,200 artillery pieces, and a vast park of motor transport in a matter of a few weeks.

He never commanded a field army again.

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History of Wargaming Project Interview with the Late Stuart Asquith

by Peter R. Barkworth

I’m sure many readers of this blog will have read some of Mr. Asquith’s books, articles or rules. Well, if you would like to hear the man speak, you may watch an interview with him on YouTube which I came across recently:

Link: https://youtu.be/zU5B6dznY0Q

Happy viewing!

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A Sample Article for May

This month’s sample article from previous issues of Lone Warrior is “A Song of Frost and Shadow: Fantasy Skirmish Wargames” by Paul Le Long.

This complete rule set of RPG-light skirmish wargame rules in the manner of Frostgrave and Rangers of Shadow Deep includes rules for character development, henchmen, skills, and abilities.

It’s on the Sample Articles page.


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Review of Dark Alliance Cimmerians

Jonathan Aird reviews a wonderful range of 1/72 figures based on the Conan movies and finds them to be of good quality and bargain-priced, with over-the-top poses befitting the subject.

It’s on the Reviews page.

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Lessons from the American Civil War in European Warfare?

by Rob Morgan

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George ponders on lessons learned in the American conflict which were applied by European armies in 1870?

It’s a big question, though many European nations sent observers to America while the war lasted. There were three substantial wars which could, arguably have seen the implementation of lessons learned in America: the rapid, pointless Seven Weeks’ War involving Austria-Hungary, Prussia and Italy in 1866, the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, between the German states and the French Second Empire, and the Third Carlist War in Spain between 1872-1876, which perhaps bears more in the way of similarities, conflict, and encounters to the unequal struggle between the North and South.

The Second Schleswig War of 1864 took place between the Germans and Austrians and the Danes while the Confederacy was still an active combatant, but there perhaps may be a feature or two of that smaller war which indicates an influence? 

In the 1870 war, Germany, though a mass of small states, was Prussian led and the elite Prussian training experience of the Kriegspiel is well known. It was also a highly industrialised and militarily prepared country. The French had more problems, and a few are noted in Professor Michael Howard’s now old, but useful, The Franco-Prussian War, in which he deals with a number of the potential lessons from the American Civil War; some worked, some didn’t. His account of General Sheridan’s (the US government’s observer with the Prussians) views on crushing resistance are remarkable! The effects of the Franco-Prussian War, and the off-spin, the Civil War of the Communards, lingered to 1945. If Sheridan’s advice had been taken, they’d still be at war now!

Mind you, I always suspected that the main point learned to bring success in the American Civil War was fast and frequent raiding. Yet, the most important lesson of all, surely, was naval. The Federals acted consistently with vigour and thoroughness throughout their war, but the French, who in 1870 possessed a substantial, competent fleet compared to Germany’s handful of warships, did not use these with any spirit at all.

You’ll find a great deal of very valuable research material, battle reports, US assessments of European weapons, even including the odd ‘what-if’ in The Foreign Correspondent, quarterly newsletter of the Continental Wars Society.


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