Why Model Insurgencies?

Why Model Insurgencies?

I watched the Brad Pitt movie War Machine a few days ago.  In this highly satirical look at Stanley McChrystal’s time as the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. The film wasn’t well loved, earning only a 54% on Rotten Tomatoes and fell only slightly above that with a 56/100 over at Metacritic. In […]

2018 Wargame Radar

Wargame Radar 2018

2017 is still going strong for another two weeks, but I’m ready to talk 2018 wargaming.  Let’s do this! Rather than just make an exhaustive list of all the cool titles we hope to see in 2018, I’m going to focus on one title per publisher that will make 2018 “Merry & Bright” in wargame-land.  […]

Game of the Year 2017

Game of the Year 2017

It’s time to reflect on a year of wargaming.  Sadly, the transition to a new job with significantly increased hours has limited my availability to play wargames.  I used to have more time for this!  Enough excuses.  If 2016 was a banner year in wargaming with new designs, series, designers, and a bumper crop of […]

A Look Back – 2017

2017 A Look Back

While I would love to say that I’m going to play every game I buy…I’d be lying to you and to myself.  The reality is that I buy wargames because I love the hobby.  Sometimes, that means buying games for the sake of completion of a series or because the topic is one I don’t […]

Wargaming 101 – Prepping Your Wargame

Prepping Your Wargame

You bought it.  You opened it up and reviewed all the glorious components following the method I outlined last week…so…what’s next? It is now time to separate those cardboard counters from their frames.  As with most things in the hobby, this is largely a matter of preference, but I’m going to tell you the two […]

Is FUN good enough?

Is Fun Good Enough?

Gatekeeper: When someone takes it upon themselves to decide who does or does not have access or rights to a community or identity. Why bring it up?  Well, the board wargaming world is full of gatekeepers.  It’s not that unusual.  In fact, I suspect every hobby has their version of gatekeeping.  The term most commonly […]

What’s In The Box?

Whats in the Box?

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and bought a traditional hex and counter wargame. What should you expect when you open the box? How long will it take for you to learn the rules? What about teaching someone else to play?   Don’t sweat the small stuff. In this article, we’ll take a look […]

What is a Wargame (to me)?

What is a Wargame?

This is one of those annoying and hotly debated topics that has waxed and waned over the years across our hobby.  After all, definitions help bring order to chaos and make sense of expectations.  When I say that I’ve traveled a mile, in English units we understand that to be 5,280 feet.  There is is […]

Top 5 Essential Wargame Accessories

5 Essential Wargame Accessories

Without question what tabletop board wargaming and miniature wargaming are different creatures.  Aside from the decidedly…”flat” appearance of traditional hex & counter wargames there is the time that goes into painting, prepping terrain, researching rulesets for different eras, and of course, tape measures! Both styles of wargaming, in my experience, are a lot of fun, […]

Welcome to the WargameHQ Blog

Welcome to WargameHQ Blog

The box cover showed two soldiers locked in battle with swirling smoke and a tattered Confederate battle flag in the mix.  The Union soldier smaller, but hanging in there and the Confederate soldier with the upper hand, but clearly losing the upper hand.  When the flat box was opened, the representation of a hand-painted Gettysburg […]