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Conrad Kinch08 May 2015 3:55 p.m. PST


I have heard a great deal about the Heliograph, a wargaming magazine with a particular interest in Colonials, but I haven't been able to find any trace of it online.

Where should one go to find it?

Colonel Bogey08 May 2015 4:22 p.m. PST



The Heliograph, Edited by Richard Brooks: Rt.6, Box 771, Saluda, SC 29138 (864) 445-3039 ( Subscriptions are $12 USD American, $15 USD Canadian, 15 Pounds (Airmail) Europe, 10 Pounds (Surface)

15th Hussar08 May 2015 5:05 p.m. PST

Actually…long gone. Sorry

Mute Bystander08 May 2015 6:25 p.m. PST

Try Ebay.


Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP08 May 2015 6:46 p.m. PST

Brooks sold me a set of photocopies. Not sure if he still does that.

SgtGuinness08 May 2015 8:02 p.m. PST

The Heliograph was a very cool publication. I was a subscriber and have also bought back issues from Richard Brooks in the past.

Richard Brooks Sponsoring Member of TMP08 May 2015 9:41 p.m. PST

The Heliograph unfortunately has been out of print for eight years back issues are available from Bob Burke see above at by jingo. If I knew it would sell for 18 usd per issue it might still be around. I am sure Bob has them for less than 18 each. The Heliograph had a great run with even better editors THANKS TO ALL WHO SUBSCRIBED EDITED OR WROTE ARTICLES.
Richard Brooks

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP09 May 2015 10:30 a.m. PST

Sic Transit Gloria "Heliograph!"

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2015 2:06 p.m. PST

May have some old copies. Will check

Conrad Kinch09 May 2015 5:10 p.m. PST

Thank you very much chaps. I will see if I can get in touch with Bob once I am in funds again.

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2015 9:33 p.m. PST

Bob sells an index for the first 100 issues. That might be a good first investment to see which articles and issues you find of interest

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2023 10:13 p.m. PST

I thought The Heliograph was edited/published by Tony Adams?

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2023 10:32 a.m. PST

Bobgnar, the Heliograph changed editorial hands several times. Tony Adams started it. Milton Soong took it over in March 1987. Andrew Preziosi took over in August 1990.

marco56 Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2023 7:40 a.m. PST
Bob has #1-161 They are photocopies
#1 is free with first order
2-91 is $2 USD each
92-161 are $3.50 USD each
There is no #96 due to numbering error
#79 is double issue $4 USD
#107-108 are double issues at $5 USD each
I've been buying all the volumes of Savage & Soldier. I just got the last 3 volumes so now I have all 26 volumes.

SgtGuinness27 Mar 2023 6:41 p.m. PST

+1 to Marco56, I've been buying back issues from Bob Burker for decades. The Helipgraph as well as Savage and Soldier.

Mad Guru27 Mar 2023 7:40 p.m. PST

Ahhhh, Ye speak of the Goode Aulde Daze of colonial gaming, when The Sword And The Flame was so popular there was a year-round "fanzine" periodical that published material of use to its loyal devotees!!! At least that's how I remember The Heliograph starting, though it did morph into a bit more of a general colonial gaming 'zine later on. But it was always fun to read and virtually every issue contained at least one cool original idea of practical use to the colonial wargamer.

And Savage & Soldier, the O.G. Colonial Wargaming magazine, founded by Dr. Doug Johnson all the way back in 1965 -- and which I first learned existed in the back of the original 1979 edition of TSATF, where it and "The Soldiers of the Queen" (the journal of the Victorian Military History Society) were both listed with contact info for their editors so interested parties could buy a subscription -- via snail-mail of course…

I suppose hobby themed blogs and FB pages and Instagram accounts serve similar purposes these days, and perhaps there are more of them and their users -- myself included -- than there used to be subscribers to niche wargaming genre DIY magazines… but the days of those magazines arriving in the mail still hold a special place In my heart!

I will change tracks from my maudlin memories to a far more useful engine that keeps on chugging along: like Macro56 and SgtGuinness I too have bought back-issues of The Heliograph and Savage & Soldier from Bob Burke. He is a standout gentleman of our hobby and has the sincere thanks of a large number of us colonial wargamers for continuing to make those very valuable items available at a fair price to anyone who wants them.

The Silver Fox27 Mar 2023 11:22 p.m. PST

Is the email address described above ( the best way to contact Bob Burker or is there perhaps a webpage by which he sells those back copies?

SgtGuinness30 Mar 2023 6:29 a.m. PST

@The Silver Fox, yes, that email is the best way to contact him. Bob's an awesome guy whom I've been dealing with for decades.

The Silver Fox30 Mar 2023 11:27 a.m. PST

Thanks, Sgt Guinness!

marco56 Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2023 4:14 p.m. PST

Bob's the best.

marco56 Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2023 5:26 a.m. PST

I miss MWAN. Great little mag.

SgtGuinness03 Apr 2023 10:51 a.m. PST

Marco56, agreed buddy, MWAN and Hal were the best. I so looked forward to getting each and every subscription in the mail!!! Those were the days.

marco56 Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2023 11:57 a.m. PST

Yes they were.

Robert Burke26 Jun 2023 12:07 p.m. PST

I still sell back issues of The Heliograph (and Savage & Soldier). You can reach me at burker1 (at) aol (dot) com.

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP22 Jul 2023 5:14 p.m. PST

I was a Heliograph subscriber. I have seven issues from 1998 to 2000.

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP22 Jul 2023 5:15 p.m. PST

This is why I miss MagWeb.

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP22 Jul 2023 5:18 p.m. PST

I just noticed that the OP was from 2015! Why do people post on these old topics? Start a new topic and reference the old one.

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