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Franco-Prussian War Resources

The wargaming butterfly strikes again! I seem to have found myself exploring the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871) of all things. As luck would have it, I actually had the Wargames Illustrated FPW special (#313) secreted on the bookshelf waiting for this special day.

But WI being WI, they’ve covered this conflict many times over the years. A bit of digging later, and I unearthed a treasure trove of FPW articles. They too, can be yours. Simply get a WI Prime membership and search in The Vault on their website. Membership only costs £1 for the first month (EDIT: The 1st month is actually FREE until Friday 4th December).

I’ve listed the issue numbers below with some explanatory blurb where the subject wasn’t clear from the article title.

Do let me know if I’ve missed any!

  • 002: 25mm Franco-Prussian Wargaming (Matthew Hawkins)
  • 004: Reflections on Firepower in the Franco-Prussian War (Peter Dennis)
  • 010: Rules for the Use of the Prussian Artillery 1870-71 (Martin Tomczak)
  • 014: Organisation and Equipment of the Prussian Artillery 1870-71 (Martin Tomczak)
  • 017: French Colonial Troops and the Franco-Prussian War (Stephen Shann)
  • 063: St Jerôme – A Franco-Prussian Battle by Phone
  • 063: Back To Basics V – Writing Scenarios (Richard Clarke)
  • 064: Back To Basics VI – Campaigns (Richard Clarke)
  • 065: They Died For Glory – A Review (Richard Clarke)
  • 075: Franco-Prussian War Scenarios (G.J. Kennerley)
  • 080: Franco-Prussian War Naval Lists (Andrew Barrow)
  • 080: “A Berlin!” – Rules for refighting actions from the Franco-German War 1870-1871 (Philip Robinson)
  • 083: The Mitrailleuse in the Franco-Prussian War (Steve Shann)
  • 083: 1866… and all that (Richard Clarke)
  • 084: Tactics in the Franco-Prussian War pt. 1 – French Tactical Doctrine (Mike Johnson)
  • 085: Tactics in the Franco-Prussian War pt. 2 – Prussian Tactical Doctrine (Mike Johnson)
  • 086: Tactics in the Franco-Prussian War pt. 3 – From Reality to Rules (Mike Johnson)
  • 106: Von Boltenstern & The Principles of War (Richard Clarke)
  • 169: Campaigns for Scenario Writers – The Franco-Prussian War (Jeff Fletcher)
  • 209: A Comedy of Errors – or How Not to Win a 19th Century Battle (Mark Jones)
  • 237: The Battle of Artenay, 1870 (Adrian Martins)
  • 276: Polishing That Old Gem – Adapting The Battle of Froschwiller Worth to Black Powder (John Desch)
  • 313: Ah, Les Braves Gens – Wargaming the Franco-Prussian War (Gerard Miller)
  • 313: Dashed Hopes – The Battle of Wörth (David Tuck)
  • 313: Big Battle, Big Game – The Battle of Gravelotte-St Privat (David Marks)
  • 313: Franco-Prussian War Figure Round Up (Wayne Bollands)
  • 361: 1871 – Bruce Weigle’s Designer Notes

Newline Designs summer sale

Newline Designs have launched their summer sale with 25% off to celebrate 25 years in the business!

I’m already the proud owner of miniatures from their 20mm American Civil War, Colonial, Napoleonic and their 1/72nd Sikh War ranges. Personally I don’t see all that much of a difference between the 20mm and 1/72nd figures that I’ve seen, and I’m sure I’ll be mixing and matching some more of their masterful handiwork before too long 🙂

TSR Treats

Picked up these tasty TSR treats from DriveThruRPG for much cheapness recently. They were so cheap in fact, that I didn’t have to think twice. INSTA-BUY! And they only took a week to arrive from ordering… and that’s with 2nd class mail! That’s quite a service, considering they’re print-on-demand.

I’ve always had a fascination with Hommlet as it was the first module that I played back-in-the-day. Even after all these years, I can still remember the wondrous feeling I had exploring this ‘other world’. So it’s cool to finally get a hard copy without handing over out a small fortune. Hopefully there’s still some magic in there somewhere.

I’d never seen a Fiend Folio in the wild until last year, and I was surprised at how fantastic the interior art was. It’s got to be the best looking old-school monster manual. I knew I’d have to get my hands on my very own before too long. I’m going to enjoy perusing this tome of terror!

Tabletop Simulator

FYI there’s a 50% sale on Tabletop Simulator until 7th April. At £7.49 I thought it was worth a punt to see if I could get any online multiplayer wargaming on the go with my local group seeing as we’re all social distancing. I’ve already found lots of free WWII, Colonial and Napoleonic models and scenery to use in the Community Workshop. So it’s looking good so far.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/286160/Tabletop_Simulator/