Wargamers Notebook Issue 5

Happy new year all,

Today I received my pdf copy of Wargamers Notebook.
In this issue I particularly liked:
1. Stokes’ piece on basing. I game mostly in 6mm, 3mm and 2mm. All my 6mm figures are gradually being rebased to 2cmx2cm on plastic bases from Renedra or 1mm MDF with slightly rounded corners.
I also have MDF sabot bases from Warbases for 3×2 bases with two 6mm dice holes for use with some rule sets.

In 3mm (WW2) I have two basing systems. The first is “realistic” 20mmx15mm with one vehicle or 2-5 figures per base, paint ed with “Basetex”. The second is for board game play (using Memoir 44) boards and tiles, where a model is fixed to a translucent 19mmx19mm plastic tile with the relevant statistics added on label tape.

My 2mm models (17th-19th century) are mounted on 6cm wide 1mm MDF bases with depths appropriate to the formation. I reproduce each unit in line, march column and routing. Infantry also have a square formation of about 2cm square.
Eventually I want my 2mm formations to be represented on a 1:1 figure:man ratio. At present I use about 1:3 or 1:9 according to the size of the battle.

2. Allan’s piece on configurable ships. I will probably never need the information, but what a clever idea!

3. John’s Statistical analysis. I write most of my own solo rule systems, and this is the sort of thing that needs to be understood.

I found Rhys’s article a little too profound and I will probably come back to it when I have more time, but it did remind me of an old quote from the distant past relating to the relationship between re-enactment and wargames: “Dressing up in armour and carrying a sixteen foot stick will not give you the experience of being a 17th century pikeman. But it will give you a better idea than NOT dressing up in armour and carrying a sixteen foot stick.”

I enjoyed Will’s battle report, even if the photo’s did show armour apparently advancing in the style of C18th cavalry; “knee to knee”.

Greg’s piece on Winter basing was also a good read, but maybe a bit too much detail for the smaller scales I usually model.

Great stuff guys. Keep it up. I may get to send you an article one day!

For more information about Wargamers Notebook contact wargamersnotebook@gmail.com  Greg Horne and Stokes Schwartz