Monday, 27 October 2014

Miniature Wargames Issue 379 - Let's Fight Oporto 1809

If you were following the Oporto project earlier this year, you will have seen some of the steps along the way about bringing the game together, and will, from all the feedback I received, have been very much part of the whole thing.

The game had three play-tests incorporating, along the way, feedback from the players involved. That feedback led on to the final design. At the completion of which, I staged a last game and put together the final draft and a series of three articles which will feature in Miniature Wargames starting this month in issue 379.

One thing that followers on the blog will not have seen is the the superb model of the Bishops Seminary, built by Mr James Sharpe, the talent behind Oshiro Model Terrain, which ended up gracing the table and formed the centre piece of the battle. The first time the model will be seen in action, so to speak, will be in the covers of Military Modelling, together with the battle report to accompany the pictures of the game.

The articles are an homage to the series of articles written by Peter Gilder in the 70's, whose work has greatly influenced my own approach to the hobby and looks at the history of the campaign, the design of the tabletop battle, the choice of rules and how the game played.

Issue 379 was published last Friday 24th Oct, so if you would like to read the conclusion of  the Second battle of Oporto, then make sure you grab a copy.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the journey and I hope you will enjoy the read.



  1. Congratulations, Jonathan! That was, indeed, a first rate effort on your part.
    Well deserved recognition, for sure!

  2. Congrats!! Certainly a major process on your part but top quality work as always. Glad you were published in this magazine. Your painting and overall approach has been my model for the hobby. This is well deserved recognition of your talent which I'm glad others will have an opportunity to discover when they read you article.


    1. Hi Adam, thank you for your kind comments. I'm really choughed that others enjoy what I do when I'm not working. Cheers