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Decline and Fall: Byzantium at War (Field of Glory) [Paperback]

Richard Bodley Scott , Peter Dennis

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10 Oct 2008 Field of Glory (Book 7)
Your once mighty empire stands alone. With enemies on all sides, Byzantium, the foremost power of the ancient world must endure or die. With "Decline and Fall", the "Field of Glory" companion you can recreate the epic struggle of Byzantium commanding its Kataphraktoi, Skoutatoi and Varangian guard, or one of its many enemies including Vandals, Visigoths, Lombards, Slavs, Arabs, Turks and Moors. Enhance your gameplay with this addition to the original rulebook, complete with organisational charts for hundreds of accurately researched troop types, detailed historical overviews and supporting maps and artwork.

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"A range of wargaming experts contribute to "Decline and Fall: Byzantium at War", a gaming companion to Field of Glory. It is book #7 in the Field of Glory series for historical miniatures and offers the original rulebook with organizational charts for hundreds of troop types, complete with maps and overviews." -"The Midwest Book Review" (January 2009)

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Richard Bodley Scott has been wargaming since a very young age. Richard is co-author of wargaming rules "DBA," "DBM," "DBR" and" HOTT." "Field of Glory" is Richard's first wargaming rules system for Osprey. He lives and works as a doctor in South Wales.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Army Lists for "Field of Glory" 6 Dec 2008
By Richard Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
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As the previous reviewer stated, these are army lists to use in connection with the miniatures rule set, "Field of Glory." If you're not using that rule set, don't bother getting this book.

That said, it does an excellent job of covering the armies of the Byzantine Empire and its enemies for the period of 493 - 1050 AD. Of the two army lists the previous reviewer complained were missing, the Volga Bulgars never fought the Byzantines; the branch of the Bulgars that did is covered by the book. The Seljuk Turks are really outside this period and are covered in a previous volume, "Swords and Scimitars."

The real shortcoming of all the volumes of this series is the skimpy notes for each army. You get a brief overview of the history of the state whose army is covered, any details necessary for using the army list correctly, but little or nothing about the army itself. Why particular troops are graded the way they are, is rarely mentioned and then briefly. If the army appears only as an ally to one of the states, you get no notes at all.

If you play "Field of Glory" and are interested in the period and region covered, get this book. If you are just interested in the armies and hope to get some useful information about them, look elsewhere.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Army Lists 23 Jan 2009
By Ving Thorr - Published on Amazon.com
This book contains the following army lists:
Early Byzantine, Later Moorish, Later Moorish Allies, Later Visigothic, Later Visigothic Allies, African Vandal, Italian Ostrogothic, Early South Slav, Early South Slav Allies, Lombard, Maurikian Byzantine, Maurikian Byzantine Allies, Christian Nubian, Avar, Avar Allies, Western Turkish, Western Turkish Allies, Arab Conquest, Early Bulgar, Early Bulgar Allies, Thematic Byzantine, Thematic Byzantine Allies, Umayyad Arab, Abbasid Arab, Abbasid Arab Allies, Early North African Dynasties, Early North African Dynasties Allies, Khurasanian Dynasties, Khurasanian Dynasties Allies, Bedouin Dynasties, Bedouin Dynasties Allies, Dailami Dynasties, Dailami Dynasties Allies, Kurdish Allies, Bagratid Armenian Allies, Pecheneg, Pecheneg Allies, Ghaznavid, Nikephorian Byzantine, Nikephorian Byzantine Allies
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decline and Falll 24 Sep 2009
By K. Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
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This title is a gaming companion for Osprey's Field of Glory wargaming series, featuring army lists, gaming and historical notes, Osprey artwork, and photographs of suitable miniatures. It focuses on the Eastern Mediterranean, specifically the Eastern Roman Empire and its neighbors, including Goths, Moors, Arabs, Bulgars, and Turks.

Although a good title and providing some interesting army lists and historical notes, there is one unfortunate omission - the Rus', the mixed Swedish and Slavic state that was Russia in its earliest form. Norse, particularly Swedish warriors played a very important role in Byzantine history, fighting both for and against the Empire - the Varangians being a famous example.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A range of wargaming experts contribute 9 Jan 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
A range of wargaming experts contribute to DECLINE AND FALL: BYZANTIUM AT WAR, a gaming companion to 'Field of Glory'. It's Book 7 in the 'Field of Glory' series for historical miniatures and offers the original rulebook with organizational charts for hundreds of troop types, complete with maps and overviews. An excellent military library pick.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Missing some key armies! 30 Oct 2008
By SCOTT A. MACPHEE - Published on Amazon.com
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The book's format is the same as Osprey's other Field of Glory army lists, which means that each army gets a brief introduction, maybe some pictures from other Osprey books, and detailed lists to let you build your force. The lists don't lend themselves well to other rule systems, so unless you're playing Field of Glory, don't bother.

The book has one key flaw, though. It has army lists for Byzantines of every period, but lacks lists for two key opponents of late Byzantium: the Seljuk Turks and the Volga Bulgars. Presumably Osprey will be publishing lists in other books, but it's cheesy not to include these two very important opponents, especially since Osprey gives us a half dozen different varieties of Islamic Arab armies.
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