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Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy


An irregular podcast looking at wargaming, from historical gaming such as Black Powder, Bolt Action and Chain of Command to Scifi and Fantasy with Warhammer 40k and Frostgrave.


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An irregular podcast looking at wargaming, from historical gaming such as Black Powder, Bolt Action and Chain of Command to Scifi and Fantasy with Warhammer 40k and Frostgrave.






WSS79 - We Have Ways of Making You Game

In this episode, on top of the latest wargaming news from the newsroom at Bowers Towers, we’ve got a report from Al Murray and James Holland’s We Have Ways Fest. Jasper and Angus talk to Too Fat Lardies Nick Skinner about his experience running Chain of Command at an event not aimed at wargaming. Links: Colours Stargrave: Bold Endeavour (Osprey) The Silver Bayonet: Canada (Osprey) Bolt Action: Campaign: Case Blue (Osprey) With Hot Lead and Cold Steel (Osprey) 7TV – the cinematic skirmish game


WSS78 - Holiday Gaming

With the summer upon us, the Wargames Soldiers and Strategy team discuss how they take their wargaming on holiday. Jasper also tells listeners why they should participate in the 10th Great Wargaming Survey. Links: The Great Wargaming Survey, 2023 Black Beards vs Maynard, Firelock Games Senussi’s Little Miniature War 1915-1917, Caliber Books Blood Red Skies: Wing Commander, Warlord Operation Plunder, RKX Miniatures The Lost Expedition, Osprey Strength and Hour, Too Fat Ladies Studio Historia


WSS77 - The Terrain Tutor

Guy and Chris have been on manoeuvres to Mel the Terrain Tutor's workshop to take some pictures for the magazine. Whilst there, Chris grabbed an interview with Mel. The renowned miniature painter Kevin Dallimore kindly agreed to do the front cover for our ‘Rise of the Redcoats’ theme in Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy issue 123. Now, that cover model is being sold on eBay to raise money for the Royal British Legion. You can find all the pictures on Guy's blog. The team also discuss the latest news and what they have been up to. Links: Guy's Blog eBay for the Kevin Dallimore figures The Terrain Tutor Firelock Games The Doomed, Osprey Games


WSS76 - Bring out your lead

What do you do when your wargame cupboard is full? In this episode of the Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy podcast, the boys discuss having a clearout and give you some ideas on how to create more space. Guy also brings us the latest hobby news. Links: 7TV Dracula, Crooked Dice Refighting History, Vol 2: The War of the Austrian Succession, Charles Grant The Damned, Wargames Atlantic American War of Independence, Brigade Games First to Fight: USMC 1942-1945 Vol 1 Guadalcanal Campaign The Roaring Lions, Bavaria Miniatures Just Lasered


WSS75 - Salute, 2023

Salute is arguably the largest wargames show in the world. In this episode, Guy and Jasper give their impressions of the show after spending the day there, and Mark tells us about his experiences of running a demonstration game of Strength and Honour at the show. As usual, Guy also brings up all the latest wargames news. Links Tales of Men, Myths and Monsters: Rules for adventures in Greek Mythology, Calibre Books French, Franco-Prussian War, Perry Miniatures Fireforge Games What a Cowboy, Too Fat Lardies Blitzkrieg Commander: The Forgotten War Partizan


WSS74 - The Perfect Rules

The team tackle what makes the perfect set of rules. In a wide-ranging discussion they toy with the perfect layout for a rule book, favourite dice to use, fancy mechanisms and even the style rules are written. Guy also brings us the latest news from Bowers Towers. Links Pike & Shotte Epic Battles, Warlord Games What a cowboy, Too Fat Lardies Battlegroup Centag, The Plastic Soldier Company The Silver Bayonet: The Carpathians, Osprey Slingshot Journal, The Society of Ancients Crystal Mark, The Plain English Campaign WSS Instagram


WSS73 - Ignorant Armies

In this episode of the Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy podcast, Mark poses what our favourite armies might be, what rules do we play with them and whose figures? Links Pike & Shotte, Warlord Speedpaint 2.0, Army Painter Combat General, Venture Miniatures Resin Plus, Warlord Seven Days To The Rhine, Great Escape Games Far Distant Ships, Long Face Games Black Ops, Osprey Sons of Yamato: Imperial Japanese Forces at War Hammerhead Partizan Society of Ancients Salute


WSS72 - A New Hope

In this episode of the Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy podcast, the team discuss their wargaming goals for 2023. As ever, Guy also tells us what is new in wargaming. Links Speed Paints 2.0 (Army Painter) The Doomed (Osprey) A War Transformed (Osprey) Tough Gut (Bolt Action/Osprey) With Hot Lead and Cold Steel (Osprey) Charlie Foxtrot We Have Ways Podcast Salute


WSS71 - Best Laid Plans... 2023

The Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy team are back with the first episode of 2023. The chaps discuss their plans for 2023. Links Phase Line: Black power Red Earth Never Mind the Billhooks Deluxe Atlantic Digital MyMiniFactory Only-Games.co


WSS70 - The Christmas Quiz

We're closing in on the end of the year, so to change things up, Mark decided to test the depth of the military history knowledge of the WS&S podcast team members. Unfortunately, he only managed to expose the height of their ignorance... Guy also has a round-up of the latest releases that have arrived at Bowers Towers. Links Hail Caesar 2nd Edition Wargames Annual 2022 Battlegroup Westwall


WSS69 - A Knight at the Museum

On the back of Jasper and Guy's wargaming Operation Market Garden at the Hartenstein Hotel Airborne Museum in Arnhem, Jasper talks to Kelly McManus and Jared Fishman from HMGS Next Gen Gaming. Kelly works for Dey Mansion, and with Jared's help, he organised a games day at the museum. Links DeyDey Mansion Washington's Headquarters, 1780 HMGS Next Gen Gaming In The Grand Manner Hail Caesar Rubicon Full Spectrum Dominance Battlezone Forlorn Hope


WSS68 - 3D or Not 3D

In the latest episode of the Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy Magazine podcast Guy and Jasper tell us about their Operation Market Garden game in Arnhem with the Too Fat Lardies. In the news, Guy brings us the latest releases and then has a chat with Bob and Brad from bobmac 3d. The team then discuss their experiences with 3D printing. Links: Bobmac3d BelloLudi Pulp (Osprey)


WSS67 - Thinking inside the box

Jasper hosts this episode of the Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy Podcast, with Guy, Mark and Chris he discusses the merits of playing 'a game in a box', that is, buying a game with the rules and everything to go with it in one package. Also in this episode, Guy talks to Graham Davey, the publisher of the new game 02 Hundred Hours. Links: 02 Hundred Hours (Grey For Now Games) The Last Samurai Rebellion (Osprey) The Men Who Would Be Kings (Osprey) Fighting the Dragon Xenos Rampant (Osprey)


WSS66 - The Butterfly Effect

In this episode of the Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy Magazine podcast, the team discuss the butterfly effect. This is not how a butterfly might flap its wings and cause a typhoon, but rather, how the flitting from project to project and following one's whims leaves us with heaps of unpainted lead as projects flounder. In the news this episode One King!, Frostgrave: Fireheart, Panzer Korps supplements Hard Luck Boys and Eisenkreuz,plus the launch of the Great Wargame Survey. Links Helion, One King! Osprey, Frostgrave: Fireheart Osprey, Open call for Wargame Submissions Hoplite Research, Hard Luck Boys Eisenkreuz The Great Wargames Survey Cavalier 2023


WSS65 - Campaigning

Set in France in 1940, Guy and Chris are playing a large ongoing campaign at their club. They explain to Jasper and Angus how they planned it and how it worked and offer some tips for running your own campaign games. Links Hold Fast! Black Sea Lion Rampant Wargaming Campaigns Pendraken


WSS64 - Art of articles

In this episode of the Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy podcast, the team discuss what makes a good article for the magazine. Guy gives us his criteria and the twitterverse tells us what they think. References: Cold War Commander Vlad's Army Wars of Orcs and Dwarfs


WSS63 - Do we need another set of Napoleonic rules?

In this episode of the Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy magazine podcast on top of the usual news round-up, Guy has a chat with Warwick Kinrade about his new rule set Soldiers of Napoleon. Links: Warwick Kinrade Strength & Honour Karwansaray Forgotten Battles Castles in the Sky Poldercon Legionary Partizan Britcon


WSS62 - A night at the movies

The WSS team in this episode discuss films, how they have influenced our gaming and how they might be used to inspire scenarios. Links: Blackpowder Red Earth Fire on the Frontier Three Ages of Rome Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy issue #76.


WSS61 - Winter Painting

Over the winter the Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy team have taken part in the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. With the arrival of spring, the challenge has finally finished. Guy, Jasper, Chris and Angus catch up on what they achieved over the winter months and reveal who had the highest score.


WSS60 - Show or No Show

In this episode of the podcast, Guy brings us the latest wargaming news, the boys chat about what they have been up to, their scores on the analogue hobbies painting challenge and the WSS Twitter poll on how gamers felt about wargame shows and game days. Links: Rubicon Models Rapid Fire! Blitzkrieg Battlegroups Back of Beyond