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MiniPigs Supporting Member of TMP01 May 2018 8:33 p.m. PST

Good readable books that give color and flavor, rather than crushing detail. And books on the way the various Indian warriors looked.

Any help would be appreciated.

rmaker02 May 2018 9:41 a.m. PST

Boris Mollo's "The Indian Army" is a good start.

BillyNM02 May 2018 11:09 a.m. PST

Britain's Army in India by James P Lawford is a must for an exciting read of the early operations up to about Wandewash. Can't recommend it highly enough. There's also a good series of articles in the very early issues of Miniature Wargames by Paul Stevenson (about issues 8-12 at a guess).
Miniature Wargames also put out a special guide for wargamers by Mike Kirby called The Camapaigns in India during the Seven Years War.

TangoOneThreeAlpha Inactive Member02 May 2018 11:52 a.m. PST


'Wellington in India' by Jac Weller is an excellent read.

Cheers Paul

MiniPigs Supporting Member of TMP02 May 2018 1:17 p.m. PST


What an eerie coincidence. You know, I literally just got some back issues of that magazine including issues #8 and #10. In issue #8, there is indeed an article about the British in India by Stevenson. I didnt see anything in #10. I'll scrounge around for other early issues.

Is that magazine still good value? I bought the back issues for the nostalgia. I was in school when it came out and I would go without lunch to buy it. Total wargaming porn!

@rmaker and BillyNM, thanks for the suggestions, volumes bought.

MiniPigs Supporting Member of TMP02 May 2018 3:14 p.m. PST

Oh, and you too, TangoOne ThreeAlpha. I bought that volume because I could use an improving book.

baxterj03 May 2018 5:33 a.m. PST

A Matter of Honour by Mason.

BillyNM03 May 2018 1:29 p.m. PST

MiniPigs, please don't get MW issues 8-10 without checking I was only going by memory of which issues the series was in. When I get home I can check as I have an index of all articles for about the first n hundred issues before I gave up on the current publishers who are the worst to run it yet IMO. I also still have all magazines and all the cd versions as well. However I think any issue that Duncan Macfarlane edited is worth having, likewise with earlier Wargames Illustrated issues the he produced.

MiniPigs Supporting Member of TMP03 May 2018 8:24 p.m. PST

BillyNM, no worries, I had already and by pure coincidence bought #8 and #10. I will await your further input before buying anything else.

This magazines on CD is interesting, where did you come by that?

Wold it be easy to give me an issue range for both magazines that McFarlane edited?

BillyNM04 May 2018 2:03 p.m. PST

Both Wargames Illustrated and Miniature Wargames went through a period where they sold all their back issues on CD, can' t remember exactly but I think it was about 50 issues a disk. I'm going back home tomorrow and can easily tell you which ones were edited by Duncan. If you give me your email address I could send you an Access database indexing all the articles which can be filtered and searched (includes Duncan's short-lived Wargames World) you will have to put up with my personal comments on the articles, written for my own use and not really intended for others. I also never indexed most of the fantasy articles and things like Hammer's Slammers.

MiniPigs Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2018 9:47 p.m. PST


That's awfully decent of you. I wanted to send a pm but for some reason, I cant figure it out.

BillyNM06 May 2018 2:25 a.m. PST

MiniPigs, Duncan MacFarlane edited: Miniature Wargames (MW) issues 1-48 (big drop off in quality after that); Wargames Illustrated (WI) issues 1-257 (before is became a sort of 'White Dwarf' for Flames of War, Black Powder, etc.); and, Wargames World (WW) 1-5 (there were only 5 issues).

The Armies in India series appeared in: MW#3 Moghul; MW#8 British; MW#9 French; MW#11 Mysore; and, MW#13 Bengal. MW#13 was my first issue and blew me away IMO it's the apogee of wargaming magazines it compelled me to get all the back issues and I still like to read them from time to time but that may just be nostalgia.

On CD (and now also on my PC) I have MW 1-350 and WI 1-225. Digging through these I came across the article in MW#48 that inspired the mechanics driving my Fellowship of the Ring Game always wondered where I'd got the idea from I've recently submitted an article on this to Wargamers Notes Quarterly (WNQ).

WNQ can be requested (it's a free e-mag) from although it may have just folded as the latest issue is overdue and I got no response to an email. I could email you copies if I had your email address.

Finally a couple of questions:
1). Does MiniPigs indicate a use of MiniFigs?
2). What is a pm?

Druzhina06 May 2018 11:10 p.m. PST
MiniPigs Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2018 4:14 a.m. PST

Hi BillyNM,

Sorry for the delayed response.

PM=Private Massage.

Minipigs is what everyone in my first wargames group called Miniature Figurines miniatures due to their stylized, low detailed look

MiniPigs Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2018 4:25 a.m. PST

@Druzhina, Very nice resources, thank you. I am picking through them as we post.

MiniPigs Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2018 2:56 p.m. PST

That should be private message, not massage!

I just got Kirby, Mike CAMPAIGNS IN INDIA DURING THE SYW, THE: 1756-1764 and am enjoying it.

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