About the magazine

It's time to play with history

Wargaming is a big hobby with many diverse factions and perspectives: striking a balance that pleases everyone can be truly challenging! We like to think what sets Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy apart from other historical wargaming magazines is its focus on having fun, no matter what kind of wargamer you are or what your background is. WS&S is a light-hearted publication, that pays particular attention to games themselves and how to play them: it doesn’t get bogged down in lengthy historical expositions or recycle content you can read yourself in any history book. While popular periods like WWII, the Napoleonic era, and the ancient world get frequent coverage, we also try to feature the unexpected, with articles on spies, monsters and gangsters to name but a few.

Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy

  • Edited by Guy Bowers
  • Bi-monthly
  • 84 pages, full-colour
  • Price: €31.95 for a normal one year subscription, €15.95 for a digital subscription.
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Writing

Articles in Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy are designed to offer something to every gamer, regardless of experience level. We make historical wargaming easy, fun and welcoming for new players, but also try to provide the depth and complexity demanded by hobby grognards. Each issue is organized around an ever-changing central theme, from ancient chariot warfare to WII airborne forces. We understand though that wargamers are a finicky bunch; they may love one era but be bored by another. That’s why we make sure each issue contains plenty of non-theme articles on a variety of other topics as well. Because our main focus is on having fun with no nonsense attached, the majority of our articles provide scenarios or rules adaptations. Another big chunk of Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy’s content is focused on straightforward advice and tools to help you make sense of the vast and every growing world of historical wargaming: we offer miniature reviews and comparisons, plus rule tests and evaluations. For the creative types, there are also plenty of painting, conversion and terrain building articles. And for those interested in the meta side of gaming, we provide regular columns by industry insiders like Rich Clarke and Rick Priestley.

A selection of WS&S magazine covers

Maps and miniatures

Naturally, all articles are illustrated with plenty of lovely mini photographs, taken from the collections of professionals and real players alike. The cover of each issue features a professionally painted miniature grouping, selected to match with the theme (even better, the cover artist always describes his process in a special feature article). And of course, where would a wargaming magazine be without maps? We use a professional illustrator to create one-of-a-kind, hand-drawn maps for most of our scenarios. It makes setting up your board and figuring out deployment an extra enjoyable experience.