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Sgt Steiner11 Feb 2020 6:32 a.m. PST


Found a bunch of pics I had taken from Battle Mags which might be of nostalgic interest


Wackmole911 Feb 2020 6:38 a.m. PST

Great pictures and a great magazine. Some of the Battleground episodes are on y tube.

link gettysburg from Chris Gilder

YouTube link

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2020 6:54 a.m. PST

Nice find. And get a haircut, ya bunch of hippies!

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Feb 2020 7:08 a.m. PST


All Sir Garnett11 Feb 2020 8:45 a.m. PST


Cavcmdr11 Feb 2020 8:59 a.m. PST

A visit to SELWG and you can still see these reprobates.

Not so much hair as there was then, hehe.

Carry on, chaps.

Personal logo PzGeneral Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2020 9:02 a.m. PST

That's great. Thanks

Bede1900211 Feb 2020 11:59 a.m. PST

Battle magazine is how I discovered Wargaming. I was 12

colkitto11 Feb 2020 12:19 p.m. PST

Great pictures, and a reminder of how good magazines used to be (and you could leave your doors unlocked and get into the pictures for a jam jar, etc.)

Peter Gilder, Charles Grant, Stuart Asquith, yes – but can we identify any more?

Chimpy Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2020 12:42 p.m. PST

I loved those magazines. I still have my copy of Miniature Wargames number 30 which was the first issue of this magazine that I purchased. Sadly I no longer have my Battle magazines. The Hyborian campaign articles were inspirational.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2020 2:19 p.m. PST

Gentlemen gaming in the Good Old Days.

Kropotkin303 Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2020 3:21 p.m. PST

Ye Gods! Back when Wargaming was a spectator sport. Thanks Steiner.

mghFond11 Feb 2020 4:06 p.m. PST

Im amazed how many people were in suits and ties. Thanks for the look see, Steiner.

Eumelus Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2020 5:12 p.m. PST

Notice how much slimmer the average person was, regardless of age. Of course these were Britons, but I've noticed the same thing about period pics from the States as well. Somebody's fattening us up for some reason…

saltflats192911 Feb 2020 9:16 p.m. PST

Is that Blackadder!?

Martin Rapier11 Feb 2020 11:49 p.m. PST

I still have my pile of Battle magazines, those photos are very familiar!

Royston Papworth12 Feb 2020 2:20 a.m. PST

Eumelus, I suspect it's the rise of the service industry rather than heavy industry/manufacturing.

Darrell B D Day12 Feb 2020 3:02 a.m. PST

I've always thought the most interesting photos from shows/conventions are the ones of the people and venue rather than endless photos of games and these make that even more relevant giving a fascinating glimpse into wargaming's past.

Great find – must have a root through my piles of junk to see if I've still got any mags this old. I have lots of Don Featherstone's Wargamers Newsletter but there's not many photos in them…😊


ezza12312 Feb 2020 8:53 a.m. PST

I was intrigued by the picture of the elderly gent next to a caption saying Special Ancient Wargaming Issue! Not sure if it meant there were articles about ancient wargamers in that issue or articles about wargames in the ancient period. Perhaps it was a bit of both. Also is that Jimmy Hill about to roll a dice when playing a hex-based game?


ChrisS194412 Feb 2020 12:41 p.m. PST

Ezza, the elderly gent is I believe the great Charles Grant, great early wargamer and prolific author….as is his son!!

I have a lot of these magazines in my wargames room…must get them out and have a read!

Sgt Steiner12 Feb 2020 5:10 p.m. PST

Hi ezza

That is Charles Grant author of several classic wargame books.
His WW2 set Battle! was one of first wargame books i owned/read

Sgt Steiner13 Feb 2020 2:14 a.m. PST

I thought it was Clement Freud not Jimmy ‘the chin' Hill :-)

Volleyfire17 Feb 2020 11:04 a.m. PST

I think Saltflats1929 that is Blackadder teaching a young Keaunu Reeves the art of wargaming ;-)

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse17 Feb 2020 5:32 p.m. PST

Indeed – Charles Grant had a regular column in Battle, ah….those rhomphaia debates ! Sweet memories grin

Bad Squiddo Games18 Feb 2020 9:10 a.m. PST

Those tashes are immense!

UshCha18 Feb 2020 9:41 a.m. PST

Looking at those magazines I wounder if this was the Magazine that showed how to do Napolionic battles with 1/14 inch screws as infantry. I had may happy hours doing so in my youth.

Marc at work19 Feb 2020 9:01 a.m. PST

Yep, I know most of those – and these were just the colour pics. Inside, my favourite article was the Napoleonic campaign that ran for a few issues. Inspiring stuff.

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