Category Archives: Wargaming

Just the one copy?

By Rob Morgan Back in the 1970s, the local model shop sold everything around in the field of wargaming. From time to time, a ‘new’ magazine appeared on the shelves, then vanished in a short space of time. By the … Continue reading

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‘Mad Mike’ Hoare, mercenary

By Rob Morgan I honestly thought he’d died years ago, so the appearance of his obituary in The Times the other day surprised me. He was over a hundred years old, which seems a remarkable age to reach for someone … Continue reading

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Women and table-top wars

By Rob Morgan H.G. Wells, when he wrote his legendary wargaming work, didn’t exclude girls and women from the potential of playing those “Little Wars,” so how did about 50 percent of the population slip away from the several genres … Continue reading

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Sad news for us all

Jeff Bayton, a Co-Vice President of the Solo Wargamers Association from its earliest days, informs us that Honorary Member Stuart Asquith passed away on November 4th. Among his many contributions to our hobby, Stuart was the author of The Partizan … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Another useful find

By Rob Morgan Buy it when you see it … and not when you need it, as the old saying goes. I was in ‘The Works’ discount bookshop the other afternoon, and picked up this pack: Ten ‘wooden embellishments’ for … Continue reading

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Requiem for a journal

By Rob Morgan It is with great sadness … Actually, I do from time to time write obituaries, but this one is for a much-loved magazine. A letter which arrived recently, addressed to Society of Twentieth Century Wargamers Member 516, … Continue reading

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Jack Scruby’s ‘Letter from America’ (1968)

Rob Morgan provides a copy of a letter from Jack Scruby, one of the founders of the hobby in the United States, to Miniature Warfare magazine, at a time (1968) when author John Tunstill had just taken over as editor … Continue reading

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Review of ‘The Soldier Shop Quarterly’

Rich Barbuto reviews a venerable publication from the early days of the hobby in the U.S. “The Soldier Shop Quarterly” was published by the New York hobby store and was part catalogue, part reference work, and some other things as … Continue reading

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‘Miniature Parade’ from 1968 reproduced

Rich Barbuto provides a digital copy of Jack Scruby’s “Miniature Parade” from October 1968. It’s on the Reviews page.

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