Posted by Martin on July 1, 2009
I might always miss the painting deadlines I set myself but today I hit the deadline for delivering my Wargames Illustrated article about building a late Napoleonic Prussian wargames army. Dan will be pleased (I hope).
It’s been a bit of an up-and-down experience. Some parts just flowed really easily while others were smelly socks that I kept putting off until the end. I’m glad I made a solid outline plan at the start though otherwise the thing had potential to take on a life of its own. The thing I found hardest was to remember that it’s supposed to be an introductory article which brought two challenges. Firstly, I couldn’t assume the reader has familiarity with terms and facts that I take for granted. Secondly, and almost an opposite consideration, I had to resist the temptation of going off into too much detail in any specific area.
So I hope I’ve struck a balance – I’m sure Dan will tell me if he wants any changes plus I’ve asked Peter F. to cast an eye over it so I know I’ll get some useful expert feedback from that direction. All being well, the article is still scheduled to appear in the September 2009 issue.
If that works out, I’m going to try to tempt Dan with an analogous article about the Saxon army.
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Posted by Martin on March 23, 2009
Last month I devoted a posting to nostagia and speculation concerning the future of Wargames Illustrated. Then I mused about whether the change of ownership would be a new dawn or dying embers.
Since then, things have moved on and the new regime has acted fast to kickstart things. They’ve started to reach out an olive branch to parts of the hobby that have had er… “difficult” relationships with the magazine the past and have shown real signs of a new professionalism towards contributors. So, last week I decided that I would have no right to sit and heckle from the sidelines unless I at least made an attempt to do something positive. I picked up the gauntlet laid down by the call for new contributors and dropped an e-mail to Dan Faulconbridge.
After a couple of e-mails back and forth and a productive telephone conversation, I’m delighted to say that Dan has commissioned me to write an article for the magazine. It seems very much as though a moment of synchronicity has occured. One of the areas I suggested I could write about just happened to dovetail precisely with something Dan wanted an article about. Now I’ve got until the start of July to write an article that will appear in the September 2009 issue. So this is where the hard part begins – I’ve actually got to research, plan and write the darned thing!
The reason for mentioning it here isn’t as some grandiose ego trip (though I can see how you might be mistaken for thinking so). Nope, it’s because I know the topic I’ll be writing about is one dear to the regular BfK readership and this is a great way to do a bit of market research so that I come up with a finished article that hits the spot. The working title is “Building Your Prussian Wargames Force” and the idea is for an article that gives anybody thinking about collecting a late (i.e. 1813-15) Napoloenic Prussian wargames army all the basic details they’d need to know to get started and enjoy the journey.
I’ve already got quite a few ideas for what I’d like to put into the article and I’ve discussed some of these with Dan at WI and I’ve also consulted the oracle at Calpe Towers. But I’m not going to tell you what they are just yet because that would prejudice your opinions. What I’d like to invite you all to do is post your comments here about what your ideal article on this topic would contain.
With luck I’ll be able to satisfy most cravings but I can’t make any promises.
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