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 end of the decade, with the unexpected disappearance of Battle!, nothing suitable appeared to replace it until Stuart Asquith’s Practical Wargamer in 1987.
This magazine, Soldier On!, for April 1978, and the third issue, is my only copy. I bought it, I suspect, in the hope that it would contain something in wargames terms. In a way it did. Plenty of adverts for figures, Heroics & Ros, Minifigs. Reviews too, of a few new releases, including a range of 20mm Medieval and of English Civil War by John Niblett of Kent, which I don’t remember at all. The photographs suggest a high quality. Anyone remember them?
It was edited by a name unfamiliar to me then and now, Robert Wilkinson-Latham. Sadly, the articles, though one or two ‘names’ appeared, were a mixed bag. One on the Spanish Civil War, another on French Indo-China, and a better one on the infantry of pre-Bonaparte France. A few colour drawings and, would you believe it, a note on Action Man figures. I didn’t buy another issue of the magazine, and don’t know how long it lingered on the shelves in this format. It bears some similarity to Army & Navy Modelworld, which surfaced in, I think, 1983.
Anyone know more?