Monday, 15 February 2010

Hezzlewood Writes..

Not content with merely being possibly the finest sculptor to ever grace our little hobby the late Steve Hezzlewood was also capable of writing engaging and informative articles. The article featured here comes from the Battle for wargamers 'Wargames Manual' of 1983 and is an account of a FIW skirmish game with John Ray. The article is illustrated with some of Hezzlewood's early designs - instantly recognisable to fans of his Pax Britannica and Hinchliffe figures no doubt.

As far as i know Hezzlewood had only two other articles published in the mainstream wargames press - 'Table-top Movement' and 'The Melee in Wargames' both of which appeared in Issue 6 of Miniature Wargames (which should still be available as a hard copy or PDF from the publishers, so i won't be posting those articles).

That same year the Hezzlewood and Ray partnership was also responsible for one of the great Mil Mod covers - of which more anon.


johnpreece said...

A real breakfast treat to read that article again after all these years.

A great sculptor and a very nice man, as indeed is John Ray. His early death was a great loss. The hobby is ful of what ifs.

What if their collaberation had led to a full scale company, what if Les Higgins had not died so young.

Ah well, we can enjoy what they did do once more thanks to those who have revived the figure ranges.

Stokes Schwartz said...

Agreed! And ion each of the three articles you mention, Mr. Hezzlewood talked briefly about his preferred battalion size (BIG) and organization. Nothin like large units of RSM (nee Pax Britannica) figures!

Best Regards,

Stokes Schwartz

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

A brilliant read!