Friday, 16 February 2018

Friday, 26 January 2018

Looking to buy Glutter of Ravens or Armies of Medieval Burma?

I've seen both of my old booklets on sale on Amazon and eBay at grossly inflated prices recently. Secondhand at that!

If you want to buy a copy of either book, you can obtain them at a much cheaper cost than the £15-20 prices I've seen at the above sites, by purchasing direct from Outpost Wargame Services.

Each book costs £10.99 from them (or £30 for any three of their booklets).

So don't get ripped off elsewhere! When you buy from OWS, not only are you saving yourself money and getting a brand new copy of the book, but you'll also be donating a small amount of cash to me (don't worry, not very much!), and supporting the company that had enough faith in me to publish my first set of wargaming rules.

Here's how to get your hands on a reasonably-priced copy of Glutter of Ravens or Armies of Medieval Burma:

1. Click on THIS LINK.
2. Buy the book!

If you find it cheaper elsewhere online, that's fair enough, but the prices I've seen on Amazon and eBay recently really aren't bargains at all.

Friday, 19 January 2018

+Strongsword+ features in the latest issue of Wargames Soldiers & Strategy

+Strongsword+, the fantasy skirmish I've written for Westfalia Miniatures, should be coming out in February - swing by the Westfalia website for more info and to order a copy if you think it's your cup of tea.

If you're not yet sure if it's your cup of tea, you can:

1. Download samples of the rulebook at the link above.

2. Get your hands on the latest issue of WSS magazine; they've written a "Let's Play..." feature on +Strongsword+, and seemed to really like it. Check it out in issue 94!

Ideally, do both. The review is a good, independent assessment of the rules, and the sample pages will give you a good idea of the style of the game you'll be playing.

Kawe tells me he has plans to expand the game further, and has already created some extra warbands and scenarios, building on the original rules I developed. Should be exciting!

And while playing +Strongsword+, always remember Rule 74 (shown below - click to enlarge). 

Friday, 5 January 2018

Rebels and Patriots – Wargaming Rules for North America: Colonies to Civil War

We are glad to announce that we (Daniel Mersey and Michael Leck) are once again teaming up with Osprey Games to bring you a new set of wargaming rules!

Rebels and Patriots will be a set of easy to learn and fast-moving miniature wargaming rules offering you the chance to lead small armies of soldiers across the North American continent in the late eighteenth to mid-nineteenth centuries. The rules are written with a focus at conflicts on the North American continent from The French and Indian War (1754–1763), through The American War of Independence (1775-1783), War of 1812 (1812–1815), Texas Revolution (1835-1836), Mexican–American War (1846-1848), up to the American Civil War (1861-1865).

Rebels and Patriots will help you to refight company-sized skirmishes, ambushes, escort scenarios, and other tasks performed by a small company of soldiers rather than a full army. Game play is intentionally easy and cinematic, and your success is driven by the quality of the officers leading your company: the rules play up the feeling of adventure, where Heroic Officers lead their men to glory…

As with our previous rules, we’ve focused on the overall ‘feel’ and ‘flow’ of the game, rather than worrying ourselves about the minutiae of historical simulation. Our design goal has been to write a set of broad-brushstroke rules that depict the Horse and Musket era by combining elements of our Pike and Shot wargaming rules The Pikeman´s Lament and Dan´s colonial wargaming rules The Men Who Would Be Kings. The aim of the game is to roll some dice and move some models in a Horse and Musket battle game inspired by American history between 1754 and 1865, enjoying yourself as you do so.

More than anything else, we once again wanted to work together to create miniatures game for an interesting period of the history that is easy to play and enjoyably fun. We hope you will agree that we’ve done so: when Rebels and Patriots is released in early 2019, you’ll be able to judge this for yourself!

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Eyes forward to 2018

You may (or may not - depends how interested you are I guess!) - have noticed a lack of regular updates in the past few months. My free time has been devoted to some of my other hobbies in recent times - including playing games just for fun, rather than writing new stuff.

This means my output of new games has dropped off. Even so, I have one upcoming set of miniatures rules still to publish, which will be announced in due course in 2018. And Strongsword, written for Westfalia Miniatures, should surface very soon too. I still enjoy writing magazine articles, so expect a few more of them to trickle out in 2018.

Other than miniatures games, my three boardgames sit patiently in the publishing queue, and I have three more boardgames in development. So there’s still more to come from me!

Friday, 3 November 2017

Wanna buy a book?

Well, you've come to the right place! My books and games are available from many sources. However, the links below will take you directly to the websites of my current publishers:
Thank you!

Saturday, 14 October 2017

León Rampante: Spanish language Lion Rampant

Good news for my Spanish-speaking chums! Lion Rampant is being published in Spanish, by HT Games.

You can visit their website to find out more... HERE.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

My Ral Partha Zulu War collection grows!

My unpainted pile of Ral Partha colonials is reduced further, courtesy of Matt at Glenbrook Games. He's painted up a few new units for me, as shown here.

This little lot gives me more flexibility in my British field force for The Men Who Would Be Kings - my aim to to be able to field a British force entirely of Irregular Cavalry but I do need another unit or two to achieve that. I'll be trying to hunt down more Ral Partha figures over the coming months, as my little pile of lead contains no more cavalrymen.
Also included here are my Rifles - there's something special about that very dark green uniform eh? To make them look a little different from my standard line infantry, I used the Highlanders in Trews model. Not accurate, I know, but I like the advancing pose, and have another unit that will be painted as the Highlanders at some point.

Completing this little batch of figures are a team of artillerymen who may take either a Gatling gun or field piece into battle.

Check out Glenbrook Games' website if you're after a good, reliable painter. Tell Matt I sent you ;-)

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Northern European Bronze Age Dragon Rampant in Wargames Illustrated

The October 2017 issue of WI features an article I've written about building a Northern European Bronze Age warband for Dragon Rampant.

You can read a taster for the article HERE, but Dan at WI has done a great job of choosing superb photos to accompany the expanded text I've written - so check it out if you fancy seeing some photos of the cracking Wargames Foundry miniatures designed for this period of history (and, in my case, fantasy)!

Here's what the magazine has to say about the article:


Dan Mersey adds a number of new lists for using North European Bronze Age armies in games using his Dragon Rampant rules from Osprey.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Newline Designs - TMWWBK unit packs

At the recent Colours show in Newbury, I picked up some of Newline Design's 20mm colonial miniatures. I love 20mm - the figures feel just the right size to me, and for colonial games, the scale of things on the tabletop looks better than with 28mm figures.

What I didn't know was that Newline have started selling unit packs for The Men Who Would Be Kings, using my recommended unit sizes from the rulebook. I picked up a couple of packs to get a new North West Frontier collection up and running.

What was especially good - whether by chance or design (I'm guessing the latter) - was that the Tribal Infantry came with 12 riflemen and 4 swordsmen, meaning that they can also be fielded as an Irregular Infantry unit. Great idea. Four packs would therefore give you 4 Tribal Infantry, or 3 Irregular Infantry plus 1 Tribal Infantry. Smashing stuff.

You can find Newline's TMWWBK packs HERE. I hope they continue to grow their colonial range of miniatures!