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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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WSS33 - Ask the editor!

Perhaps foolishly, we broadcast live to record the latest Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy podcast, we gave you the listener the chance to ask Guy (the editor) questions - seemingly on any topic!

1hr 2mins

22 Oct 2019

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WSS03: A Flocking Nightmare

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 editor@wssmagazine.com, or go to Facebook or look us up and leave a message on Skype at WSS Podcast. Show Notes Frostgrave Escape from Colditz EBob Miniatures  Mel "The Terrain Tutor" WWPD.net Cigar Box Battle Mats Terra Tiles, from Rainn Studios Project 217 Eagle Rampant, WSS 80


3 Oct 2016

Rank #2

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WSS21 - Adventures in Undercoat

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


12 Dec 2018

Rank #3

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WSS19 - What **** the Mary Rose?

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.


10 Oct 2018

Rank #4

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WSS18 - Whoops Hiatus

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.


18 Sep 2018

Rank #5

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WSS14 - Fantasy Wargaming

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.


1 Apr 2018

Rank #6

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WSS12 - The Mother of All Battles

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

1hr 5mins

2 Feb 2018

Rank #7

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WSS09: Wargames Rules Writing

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


17 Aug 2017

Rank #8

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WSS32 - A Bridge Too Far

The Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy team are back with a discussion on bridges in your games; how they might be problematic and some ideas for scenarios. Guy also brings us all the wargaming news. Links Too Fat Lardies Albedo, ACP164 Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy 104 The League of Augsburg


19 Sep 2019

Rank #9

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WSS29 - Black Seas

Guy has been to the Warlord Games day and grabs an interview with the author of their new game Black Seas and he gives us his opinion on Warlord's new release SPQR. With the Great Wargames Survey almost upon us Jasper discusses the previous results with Miles from little wars TV. LinksGaslands Refuelled Seasons Test of Honour II Fury


23 Jul 2019

Rank #10

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WSS13 - Chivalry In Wargaming

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.


27 Feb 2018

Rank #11

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WSS04: Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

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!


7 Dec 2016

Rank #12

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WSS10: The 2017 Great Wargames Survey

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...

1hr 8mins

4 Nov 2017

Rank #13

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WSS22 - Painting Challenge Update

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.


28 Dec 2018

Rank #14

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WSS05: Its a matter of Friction

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.


21 Feb 2017

Rank #15

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WSS27 - Walking the Battlefield

With Jasper away in the USA, touring American battlefields we thought we'd reflect on our experiences of visiting sites and how we might transpose this to the table top. Links Ragnar Rock Oil War Dark and Bloody Grounds Littlewars 7 Days to the River Rhine Warlords of Erehwon


15 May 2019

Rank #16

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WSS28 - Waterloo Replayed

The Wargames, Soldiers and Strategyteam are back with news, reviews and what they've been up to in the hobby.Guy brings us a report from Waterloo Replayed, the giant re-enactment of the great battle in 28mm and he also give us his initial thoughts on Games Workshops new contrast paints. Links: Realities Edgefrom Osprey Saga Age of Magic SPQRfrom Warlord


25 Jun 2019

Rank #17

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WSS06: Bootleg Goldsworthy

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 Name: Gothic, 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.


3 Apr 2017

Rank #18

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WSS08: Nobby No Mates

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. Links: Vassal Footsore Miniatures Combat Mission Black Ops Legends Of Fabled RealmsSlave 2 GamingMad Dogs With GunsRole 20Meeples and MiniaturesCommand and Colours: Ancients rules


4 Jul 2017

Rank #19

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WWS11 - Wargames Fiction

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.


23 Dec 2017

Rank #20