Dr Iain Werry

It is very easy to be blinded to the essential uselessness of [their products] by the sense of achievement you get from getting them to work at all. In other words - and this is the rock solid principle on which the whole of the Corporation's Galaxy-wide success is founded - their fundamental design flaws are completely hidden by their superficial design flaws.
[So Long and Thanks for all the Fish - Douglas Adams; 1984]

Wargames and Web Pages


I started tabletop miniature wargaming around 1990, and have been an avid collector since then. My involvement in the hobby has changed dramatically since that time. My taste in the games themselves has moved away from the more mainstream 28mm games towards smaller scale miniatures in larger scale battles. I find 6mm an ideal scale for my games.

In addition, a web site that I started many years ago just to keep my material online for easy access while I was studying at postgraduate level has become one of the largest 6mm supporting web sites internationally. (That's not quite as impressive as it sounds, it's a very small market. It's the equivalent of saying you own the most popular web site for statistical traffic analysis!)

As a result of this, I have become more involved with a number of smaller gaming companies, some of were formed directly on my site and forums. I have been lucky enough to be involved in game design and development, background creation, miniature concepts and other aspects of the industry.

Web Sites

I currently run two web sites in support of tabletop miniature wargaming.

The Tactical Wargames Network - This was my original website. It was started to allow me download my wargaming documents from university or where-ever I was. I added a forum, expanded it a little and promoted it, and it grew. Currently, the site attracts over 17,000 visitors each month (July 2013; 17,735 visits), but in the past has achieved more than double this number. The site was developed to support primarily two games from Games Workshop - Epic and Battlefleet Gothic - but has since shifted to encompass all small scale wargames and coverage of Battlefleet Gothic has shifted to the Specialist Arms site. The site is recognised by the gaming community as a worldwide hub, by the UK and international tournament circuit and we have worked directly with Games Workshop in support of Epic Armageddon, 4th edition.

Specialist Arms - Games Workshop used to host a seperate site dedicated to their non-core games. When this side of GW was cut down, an agreement was reached between Andy Hall and GW and myself to let me pick up the running of the support for these games. As such, the Specialist Arms site attempts to bring in players for the non-core GW games, focussed on the forums there. The site generates a lot of traffic, and currently attracts over 20,000 visitors each month (July 2013; 21,789 visits). It is hoped that future activites will allow this to grow further, using fan-driven content, and the annual GothiComp painting competition.


Game Design and Development

I have been lucky enough to design and develop my own space battle game - Hostile Stars, for Dark Realm Miniatures. It is still in the initial design stages and on beta release, but it has allowed me to get involved with not only the game mechanics, but narrative background, technology, promotion and community aspects of game design. It has been a very rewarding project, and I hope to get back to it very soon.

In addition, I have conducted development work for Games Workshops Epic Armageddon. I am the administrator and facilitator behind current fan development for the game, and have been involved with writing a number of army lists for it.


Gaming

For my own gaming, I have rules and miniatures covering almost every setting imaginable. I have miniatures for Dacia against Rome at the start of the second century, Egyptian and Hittite chariots from the 13th Century BC, 6mm Second World War tank battalions, Dark Elf armies, Greek Hoplite phalanx formations in 6mm, 10mm giant CAV robots, and a swarm of Tyranids.

In recent years, I have focussed more on 10mm and 6mm forces, with some 15mm historicals.