Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy

An irregular podcast looking at wargaming from Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy Magazine.
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Apr 24, 2019

In this episode the chaps review their time at Salute.

Earlier in the year Guy attended the Crusade Wargames show, at Penarth. Like last time he was there, he recorded Rob Jones talk on Medieval infantry tactics, it may have you rebasing your medieval army!

Mar 28, 2019

The boys have been busy, Guy fills us in on the latest news from Osprey, Cavalier books and we discuss Warlord Games new membership card scheme.

'Come and have a go if you think you're lard enough' in southampton was a great success and Mark tells us all about hosting it and what he has learned.

Finally theanalogue hobbies painting challenge, we reveal who of the four of us won with the most points.

Feb 24, 2019

With Poldercon, which Jasper organises, over for another year we thought we'd discuss participations games, why put them on, what makes a good one and how run one.

Jan 29, 2019

In this episode of the Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy Podcast we discuss the magazine publishing issue 100! Guy heads off to Meeples and MiniaturesHQ for a question and answer session with Neil and Mike about producing the magazine.

The boys also catch up on theanalogue painting challenge, of which Mark is well and truly in the lead.

Dec 28, 2018

Guy and Jasper are both taking part in the analogue painting challenge, while Angus and Mark aren't they are competing against them in their own WSS side challenge.

One week in they boys catchup on how they are doing.


Dec 12, 2018

A few months ago the boys discussed what was the undercoat colour of choice, it turns out there was no consensus, so we sent Guy out with hit microphone to gather opinion.

We also discuss:

Rebels & Patriots
Lord & Lands
Tanks: The Modern Age

Nov 14, 2018

We're in Antwerp, at Crisis for the latest Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy Podcast. Guy chats to Johan Van Acker one of the organisers and catch up with Alex Buchel, from Studio Tomahawk about 'Age of Magic.

Oct 10, 2018

In this episode Mark and Guy go head to head with he new early war supplements for Bolt Actionand Chain of Command, and Jasper gives us his considered thoughts on Black Power II.

The guys are also joined by Andy Hobday to tell us about War Banner Games / Footsore Miniaturesnew releases for Gangs of Romeand their new game Mortal Gods.

Sep 18, 2018

After a unintentional hiatus over the summer the WSS gang get the band back together and compare notes on what's new.

Guy also has a chat with Craig Cartmell, from the Ministry of Gentlemanly Warfareabout their new game Thud and Blunder.

Jul 31, 2018

In this episode of the Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy podcast we look at Participation games, their problems and how to run on.

Guy also brings us up-to-date on the latest wargaming news form Warlord Games, Peter Pig, North Starand Lucid Eye.

Jun 8, 2018

We're looking at Matrix Gaming in the latest issue of the podcast, a form of collaborative wargaming where the participants narrate the action though discussion and arguments.

Developed by Chris Engle you can find rules and more stuff for free here.

Not only do we talk to Chris, you can hear some actual game play from the Lardies and To the Strongest's Simon Miller.

May 3, 2018

In this episode of the podcast we discuss Salute 2018, and Guys has a cigar and brandy with Rick Priestley in a fireside chat.

Fate of a Nations
Warlord: 3000BC - 1100AD
Turf War Z
Last Days, Zombie Apocalypse
Flags of War, Kickstarter
The Oddcast, from the Two Fat Lardies
Hoards of Things

Apr 1, 2018

In this episode we discuss fantasy wargaming on the back of chatting to Joe Saleh from Lucid Eye Publications, about their new rules 'The Red Book Of The Elf King', and miniatures range to go with it.

Feb 27, 2018

Guy has been on his travels and at Crusade this year sat in the back row looking furtive with his tape recorded clenched in his sweaty hand! He recorded the great talk from Rob Jones titled ‘Putting the Chivalry Back into Wargaming: making medieval wargames more medieval.’

We also discuss new releases Blood Red Skies from Warlord and Outremer: Faith and Blood from Osprey.

Feb 2, 2018

We talk to Professor Tony Polland about attempting the biggest wargame ever, replaying the Battle of Waterloo, in 28mm.

Dec 23, 2017

We look at what is new for Christmas in the the latest episode of the podcast, it turns out there isn't much new to spend your hard earned cash on (though for some reason we missed Gangs of Rome).

The boys explain the analogue painting challenge, which both Jasper and Guy are taking part in this year. For the main feature we talk to Ancient Warfare Podcast regular, Marc De Santis. Marc has been dabbling in writing fiction for Gates of Antares.

Nov 4, 2017

It's that time of the year again where we review the results of the WSS Great Wargames Survey! Have you ever wondered what is the favourite wargames genre? Have a listen and find out...

Aug 17, 2017

In this episode Angus, Guy and Jasper are joined by Criag Cartmell from the Ministry of Gentlemanly Warfare, Fat Lardies Rich Clarke and some chap called Rick Priestly to discuss how they approach writing rules.

Also in this episode:

Forager, from Stand to Games
Blood Red Skies
Savage Core 
My Last Sunrise, Kickstarter
Grognard Files Podcast

Jul 4, 2017

We've all had the problem of not being able to find someone to play with? In this episode Angus discusses ways to solve this problem and is joined by Neil Shuck (Meeples and Miniatures) to try a game of Command and Colours using the online gaming engine Vassal. And Murray Dahm (Ancient Warfare Podcast) they attempt to play a game of Frostgrave via a Google Hangout!

Plus we have a quick news round up and chat about what we've been up to.


Footsore Miniatures
Combat Mission
Black Ops
Legends Of Fabled Realms
Slave 2 Gaming
Mad Dogs With Guns
Role 20
Meeples and Miniatures
Command and Colours: Ancients rules

Apr 26, 2017

The Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy team, with the Karwansaray the publisher, were present at Salute in London.

Between manning the stand and running round meeting people they didn't have much time but Guy and Jasper try to convey their impressions of Salute 2017.

Apr 3, 2017

Guy, editor of WSS, brings us the latest news from Peter Pig with Men of Company B, a new supplement for In Her Majesty's NameGothic, the Bolt Action Campaign book covering Operation Sea Lion and the 4Ground's newly announced fantasy war game Legends of the Fabled Realm (which they'll kickstarter later in the year).

Whilst attending Crusade Guy slunk into the back of a talk from well known historian Adrian Goldsworthy, sneakily he recorded it on his phone. Audio quality aside its a very interesting look at what from history wargames arm missing.

Feb 21, 2017

In this episode Guy, Jasper and Angus investigate the idea of Friction in wargames rules.

We're joined by games designer Rich Clarke (Two Fat Lardies) and historian Murray Dahm.

Dec 7, 2016

In this episode Guy, Jasper and Angus are joined by Adam Loper of Tabletop Minions to discuss the results of the Great Wargames Survey.

Regular columnists Rossco and Paul ponder time!

Oct 3, 2016

In the latest podcast we focus on terrain, or more specifically terrain boards and mats. Which is better? What do people prefer? With expert comment provided by Mel "the terrain tutor", Eric Lauterbach from the WWPD Network and from Cigar Box Battle Mats Cory Ring and Chris Ward.

As usual Guy, Jasper and Angus are joined by the berserkers from Brixham, Rossco and Paul.

Don't forget if you have any comments or suggestions you can email, or go to Facebook or look us up and leave a message on Skype at WSS Podcast.

Show Notes

Escape from Colditz
EBob Miniatures 
Mel "The Terrain Tutor"
Cigar Box Battle Mats
Terra Tiles, from Rainn Studios
Project 217
Eagle Rampant, WSS 80


Aug 17, 2016

In our second podcast we decided to look at the little men we craft into soldiers and how they are produced. 

Angus chats with Leon Pengilly from Pendraken who produce 10mm led miniatures and carry possibly one of the most extensive ranges to game almost every period, and Julian Blakeney-Edwards from Victrix who produce 28mm hard plastic figures.

Regular columnists Rossco and Paul discuss lead vs plastic, and Ancient Warfare Magazine regular Murray Dahm looks at double envelopment and how we can attempt it at the gaming table.

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