Sunday, March 14, 2010

Prince Rupert & The English Civil War in Wargames Illustrated

Wargames Illustrated #261 (March 2010) takes a look at Royalist hero Prince Rupert and some of his engagements during the English Civil War. The articles offer a great introduction to the chaotic period, and I think even veteran students of the ECW will find the Prince Rupert focus a refreshing perspective. As folks ought to expect, the material also looks great - plenty of miniatures in action in various scales, nice Osprey battle maps, and little extras such as using worn paper backgrounds for tables and sidebars.  

The articles feature a number of Warlord Games' Pike & Shotte figures, including the nefarious/celebrated Prince Rupert. The picture to the right is the personality in miniature from their Pike & Shotte Leaders Gallery. Note the inclusion of his dog, Boy. 

In fact, Rupert receives an article all of his own, written by Neil Smith, who also contributed two other pieces for the ECW theme this month. Dave Woodward wrote an interesting sidebar on Boy, who attained devilish stature and magical powers right along with his master. Finally, the magazine devotes two pages of painting tips for turning out a right smart-looking Rupert miniature yourself (written by Matt Sterbenz). 

Look for more posts on Wargames Illustrated's English Civil War theme this week.

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