This was published in 2009 and is the first of the still running series of annuals... it's one of those purchase items that I thought about buying every time I saw it on the Caliver stand at one wargame show or another. I never did, usually because there was another call on my dosh that was more pressing at the time... at the original price (£15) this would have probably remained the case for some time, as to be honest the price is the thing that puts me off them - I see these annuals in the same light as magazines, they're not intrinsic or key to my hobby in the same way that a reference book, or some little metal men, or paints, or brushes, or rules, are.... they are "nice to haves", and for me those purchases are governed by price and situation.... this years is priced at £17.50 - I'll wait...
..this one however was reduced at Colours (to £8) so I gave in and took the plunge.....pleased I did...
...the annual is put together by those two stalwarts Charles Grant & Phil Olley, ably assisted by a few of their equally as well known associates (Stuart Asquith and Harry Pearson) and features a host of articles covering:
- wargame re-fights of Blenheim (superb) and Minden (also good)
- Harry Pearson writes on ancient wargaming (OK)
- Stuart Asquith has two articles one on wargaming in the "Time of the Other Napoleonic Wars" - basically all wars in the age of Napoleon III so from 1850 to 1870 (OK) and a second piece on Solo Wargaming (a little minimalist this one - but then he didn't have a lot of space).
- Phil Olley does a battlefield walk of Tippermuir (good), and an article on his 30 Years war project (exquisite)
- there's also a whole load of short "How To" articles on making terrain items and such... (varied.. one on battlefield redoubts was good)
- there's also a number of table top teasers including a night attack (small scale action - very good - want to try this one), blocking action (OK - some interesting thoughts on wargaming the firing from higher elevations)
- an article on using light infantry in your games (a "condensed" history but some exquisite pictures by Bob Marrion)