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  • Osprey
    military historians and I have ended up editing Wargames Forum so maybe I best doff my cap to him and ruefully give more weight to his interpretation of the facts than i did so many years ago And to be honest that is easy Although bearing the title of Auldearn this volume contains a potted history of the Campaigns of Montrose during the First Civil War so you are getting more for your money which has to be a good thing As usual with Stuarts work the account of the campaign is very readable and contains a wealth of minor detail that will prove a joy to the wargamer The many photographs and line drawings both in colour and black and white hold a multiplicity of images that are new to me including a number of standards that I have not seen illustrated elsewhere The original illustrations from Gerry Embelton perhaps the best known of popular military artists are excellent full of fine detail and character that not only provide very satisfying eye candy but are sure to provide inspiration for those thinking of building armies of the period Complete with Orders of Battle and a handy guide to visiting

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  • Brassey
    Almanac by definition attempts to be all encompassing and it will contain details that are familiar So the brief description of the roots of the conflict and the chronology may cover well trodden ground but they are well written and as you would expect from Katcher insightful There is a section on the participants which provides brief pen pictures of a host of military officers and politicians many of whom I found unfamiliar The section on Combatant Forces details the pre war military establishments of both sides including militia and the Military Schools A mate of mine who is in the midst of preparing a campaign for the section detailing the military Departments and the garrisons of particular interest as it saved him a lot of research he was doubly happy when he found that the naval establishments of both sides was in the next chapter The Chapters on weaponry will be of more limited interest to most wargamers or that has been my experience in the past far too technical an issue I suppose The bibliography is extensive and I found the details of Civil war museums of interest although I felt the list of websites was rather limited

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  • Osprey
    the recent History Today feature on the Hussites illustrate the enthusiasm and depth of academic endeavour that stood him in such good stead in his publications on Japan The latest Osprey release in the Campaigns Series will only enhance Stephen s reputation The subject is the crusading Teutonic Order and its disastrous clash with a Polish and Lithuanian Alliance The Teutonic Knights themselves are an organisation that have a fascination for many wargamers Their armies consisting of heavily armoured knights regular foot soldiers levies mercenaries and crusader knights are a potentially potent mixture on the battlefield In this publication Stephen tells the story of the campaign in great detail supporting the text with a host of illustrations ranging from photographs in the authors own collection to contemporary wall paintings later woodcuts and later paintings that emphasise the heroic and romantic elements of the story The colour plates by Richard Hook are excellent presenting an enormous amount of detail of arms and armour and even more importantly for the gamer and modeller lots and lots of examples of heraldic devices and banners I have already read this book twice and enjoyed it both times revelling in the detail As you can

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  • Osprey
    and developing French maritime and economic power The impact that the expedition had on the imagination of the European peoples and inspiring an interest in archaeology cannot be underestimated For the wargamer however whose thoughts are usually on issues that are a lot less high minded than art and paleontology the campaigns in Egypt and the Middle East have a wealth of exciting possibilities First the French expeditionary force is small in comparison with the Corps d Armee of later years putting the recreation of the campaign within the resources of the average club The campaigns themselves involved a variety of different and novel troop types and were fought over areas of a limited geographical area Terry Crowdy has done a fine job in pulling together the information necessary to inform the general reader and the dedicated wargamer to a high degree of understanding of the campaign the troops types and commanders involved Extensive use is made of contemporary source materials letters and diaries which add depth to the account of the campaigns related in the text The illustrations are technically excellent though I think for a wargaming market the subjects have not be particularly well chosen There are eight

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  • Warhammer  Beasts Of Chaos
    detailing the mythology and history of the Beastmen race and introducing special rules and amendments to the Warhammer rules allowing you to integrate these creatures into your games Particularly impressive is the section on collecting a Beastman army which as usual contains a fine selection of colour pics of beautifully painted models This section also contains brief hints on painting the models where I at least need all the help

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  • Vis Bellica
    the Vis Bellica rules on their release I was greeted by a wall of disinterest as WAB players they were put off by tables and seemingly complex calculations But now 12 months later these same folk are queuing up for a sight of these new lists and I know that there has been a certain amount or rebasing of armies going on So gamers up and down the country will be waiting for this volume and it seems to me that the wait has been worth it There are 106 armies detailed in these lists including Dacians Vandals Saxons Franks Cambodians Chinese and Byzantines However the balance of the rules encourages the use of roughly contemporay armies although historically fantasy games may also be played the more ancient the army the less likely that its traditional tactics will be successful The list are in an A4 softback format with 64 pages including army list black and white pictures of a range of miniatures from a variety of manufacturers Volume three of the lists is scheduled for release later this year and will cover the remaining years to the introduction of effective firearms Also due soon is Vis Magica a set

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  • Osprey Men
    the Balkans and the series of crises caused when the violent nationalism of the emerging nations clashed with the vestiges of Imperial authority The Austro Hungarian Empire may have been in decline and the archaic bureaucratic institutions of Vienna unable to meet the demands of the 20th Century but the Empire remained one of the premier military powers of Europe on paper at least The author Peter Jung is a departmental head in the Austrian State archives and this gives him unprecedented access to material both documentary and photographic in respect of the Imperial Austro Hungarian forces And this is reflected in the extensive examples of contemporary photographs featured in the volume These are supported by to excellent colour plates produced by Darko Pavlovic which are some of the finest I have seen from any source for a considerable time The period covered is 1914 1916 which not only marked a change in the war the early period seeing a series of reverses for the Autro Hungarian forces but also a change in the ruler with the accession of Karl 1st The second volume in the set is due to be released in November and will complete the story by

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  • Games Workshop  How to paint Citadel Miniatures
    workshop publication But it hasn t happened yet and with My blurring eyesight and shaking hands it may take a miracle for me to develop the necessary skills In the meantime I will keep plugging away with the techniques and tips from the experts and hope to get a gradual improvement in what I turn out And a decent collection of such tips has been needed for some time so this volume from Games Workshop is very welcome Some may be put off by the fact that the techniques described are used in the preparation of fantasy and scifi models but don t be the skills described in the use of colour shading techniques basing washing drybrushing etc are just as applicable to historical figures the sections take you step by step through the preparation of the model for painting whether metal or plastic There is discussion of different painting styles the use of undercoats how to use inks and glazes and apply those all important finishing touches Theree are then a series of step by step instructions where you are taken through the painting of a selection of models This I found particularly useful as you could see how

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