I've known Duncan (Macfarlane) who founded and editted the magazine for probably the best part of 22 years (he used to work on Miniature Wargames magazine before going his own way and setting up Wargames Illustrated). I was surprised to hear of the announcement, and will miss Duncan's monthly visits to the store as he usually hand delivered our consignments as an excuse to have a look round the shop and pick up a game or two, but I am certainly eager to see what Battlefront bring to the magazine. They will be included some Flames of War content (which apparently will be included in some of the additional pages they will be adding to the mag) but will be carrying on supporting the entrie historical miniatures hobby and all era's therein.
I know some of you are big fans of Flames of War and/or historical minature gaming so thought I'd post the news and the press release for you.
PRESS RELEARSE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
12th February 2009
Battlefront Miniatures Ltd of Auckland, New Zealand acquires Wargames Illustrated Magazine.
“It has always been a dream of ours (Peter and I) to show the world just how wonderful the entire historical gaming hobby can be in the same way we have done with WWII and Flames of War. Despite having focused on WWII we have always been historical gamers in the broader sense and when the opportunity of being able to take over the reins of Wargames Illustrated arose we jumped at the chance. We have always felt that our weekly web updates gave us some of the fix for Flames of War but now with the broader printed medium we are very excited about what the future will hold. We have plans to re-launch the magazine soon with an increased page count, a wider range of articles covering every game, scale and era of the historical hobby combined with broader distribution globally so that getting hold of the foremost historical gaming magazine will be easier than ever” says John-Paul Brisigotti, Managing Director of Battlefront Miniatures.
More details will be coming soon so keep an eye on both websites for more information.
Wargames Illustrated has been the foremost historical gaming magazine for over two decades. Based in Nottinghamshire, England the magazine has maintained a strong editorial balance covering the whole spectrum of historical wargaming bringing the breadth of miniatures and games in the market to the spotlight for 256 issues.
Visit www.wargamesillustrated.net for more information.
Battlefront Miniatures are the world’s leading historical gaming company producing the Flames of War WWII miniature game and its full range of models and products. From their head office in New Zealand, Battlefront service the demand for Flames of War from local offices in the US and Europe, manufacturing and retailing direct to stores around the world.
Visit www.flamesofwar.com for more information..