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Wargaming Compendium, The [Kindle Edition]

Henry Hyde
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Book Description

This book gives a complete introduction to the hobby of wargaming with miniatures, especially suitable for the newcomer but also containing sufficient depth and breadth of information to attract the more experienced gamer. Packed with color photographs, maps and diagrams, the book is a visual treat, but one built on the solid foundations of a highly literate and engaging text that does not ‘dumb down’ the hobby. Every aspect is explained clearly and in a way that both informs and entertains, with plenty of personality, gentle humor and a lightness of touch.

The contents include a brief history of the development of wargaming, choice of periods from ancients to sci-fi, the question of scale (not only of miniatures, but the size of game from the smallest skirmishes to epic battles), terrain, buying and painting miniatures, creating scenarios for wargames, running a campaign, solo wargaming and so on. It also incorporates simple wargaming rules covering all periods of history as well as fantasy and science fiction gaming. These rules will have optional mechanisms allowing them to be used for very small games with just a few figures, or much bigger games with several regiments or brigades on each side.

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"It is as complete a guide to the hobby of wargaming as you can currently get. Provides some excellent clarity for the newbie. Beautifully illustrated with 26 illustrations by Bob Marrion of troops of the period. Layout and production values of the book are quite superb. Lavishly illustrated with colour photographs which cover every detail discussed by the author. The rules have lots of diagrams and counters as required and there are a number of maps from the author's campaigns. It all adds up to a great package." Wargamer

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 64726 KB
  • Print Length: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword; 1st edition (19 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,872 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Introduced to model soldiers, Airfix kits and a toy fort when he was a small boy, Henry has been playing wargames ever since, his interests ranging throughout the annals of history. Whilst his first love will always be grand, European-style land battles, he also dabbles in skirmish, naval and aerial wargaming and even confesses to a lively interest in fantasy and science fiction - of which more later.

An honours graduate in European History and languages from Sussex University, Henry's interest in wargaming is firmly rooted in a passion for history. He has a special love of campaigns, the eighteenth century battles of Marlborough and Frederick the Great and siege warfare.

Henry is the well-known Editor of monthly "Miniature Wargames" magazine for Atlantic Publishers (ISSN 02663228). In 2013, it was successfully merged with his own, originally self-published "Battlegames", which he had used as a vehicle to turn his hobby into a career in 2006. The resultant, combined publication has been exceptionally well received.

Besides writing, he is a professional graphic designer (laying out every issue of "Miniature Wargames", as well as "The Wargaming Compendium" and for other clients) and enjoys painting watercolours, pushing the boundaries of digital photography and dabbling in music. One of Henry's greatest passions is for cooking, which has resulted in his current waistline.

When not frantically trying to meet deadlines, Henry fills his 'spare' time with blogging, podcasting, tweeting and all those other modern-day activities that prevent us from truly relaxing. Somewhere in the midst of this madness, he is also working on at least two novels (one fantasy, one sci-fi), some short stories and another book on wargaming. With luck, some of them may eventually find their way to be here on sale on Amazon!

Henry lives in the beautiful county of East Sussex.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Digital Edition is Good Value 22 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Henry Hyde writes in the conversational style of 'Old School' Wargamers such as Charles Grant senior and Donald Featherstone and is easy to read. He clearly has a passion for, and deep knowledge of, the subject.

Has he provided 'something for everyone' as has been suggested in earlier reviews? The answer is 'Yes' although there is more in this book for the newcomer to the hobby than the seasoned veteran. For this reason I might be cautious about paying list price for a paper copy and I wonder whether newcomers would feel the same.

Where the book comes into it's own is the fact that I was able to buy it as a e-book (discounted to boot!). Whilst there were some issues with the layout of some pictures and diagrams, these were frustrating but not insurmountable and can be rectified with relative ease should the publishers wish. This was the cause of the mid range rating for the book.

What did work were the annotations and hyperlinks which took you to the intended locations. As a reference guide this book has more to commend it than you may think and I would recommend the digital version for this extra functionality that additionally increases the books appeal to a wider audience.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wargaming Compendium 2 Sept. 2013
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Its sad I know, but I can say that I bought my first wargames figures on 1st January 1974. They were Hinchliffe ECW pikemen; so I have seen a fair number of books, magazines, figure ranges, fads, periods and what might reasonably be termed "tribal allegiances" come and go. One thing that the Hobby has lacked is a reference work that will be of value to anyone involved or interested in wargaming that is of general application , rather than "period specific", yet not so broad brush as to be of little use. This book provides, in one place, an exceptionally useful and helpful source of information for anyone interested in the hobby whether they are just mildly interested or have been involved for some time. It is not only the individual chapters on collecting armies and choosing periods or scale that are interesting and useful but the "Resources" chapter which will help the reader to track down figure and terrain manufacturers. Overall this is a book that I have already used for reference and will undoubtedly do so again. One for the Christmas list, if you haven't already bought it
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all in there! 6 Aug. 2013
By Sigur
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've been waiting for this book for a while and now that it arrived it didn't disappoint. You can see that the guy is not only an incredibly knowledgable and well-connected wargaming afficinado but also a competent graphic designer because the book looks current and pleasant through and through. The writing style is rather smart and casual; certainly not a dry read, and if you heard the author talk about the subject you can easily imagine him speaking the words written in the text. It is a very UK-centric work but then if you are familiar with miniature games you are used to that.

There are chapters to cover almost every aspect of wargaming in such a way that it's basic (as in "not getting lost in a certain aspect or detail") but thorough. In this regard it's as much the one-stop, go-to collection of wargaming concepts as can get. It certainly does what it says on the tin - it's a compendium. If you will you could think of it as a collection of actually useful articles from a loooooong run of a wargaming magazine. And I think I'm not too far off given that the author is the editor of Miniature Wargames. Still, it's all original content, compiled for the book especially with original photos and illustrations even.

I think it's not meant to be read in one go (even though a few very nice days could be spent doing so) but rather than that you go to a specific chapter for reading up on specific purposes. I tried to read the whole thing from beginning to end but didn't manage to do so because I got distracted by the gorgeous pictures.
I think that it's very handy for newcomers to the world of miniatures wargaming just as much as it is to people who just want to take a peek beyond the big "mainstream" GW/PPP/Battlefront games.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For All Wargamers, Young and Old 6 Aug. 2013
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This book was eagerly anticipated but the product more than lived up to my expectations. It is a quality product, in both look and feel, and a must have for wargamers of every age, experience and ability. It will be viewed as a wargaming classic with the likes of Featherstone and long after Mr Hyde has shed his mortal coil.

Definitely, undeniably, it would be more useful to beginners but its actually nice to have everything in one book for us veterans and there is stuff in there about painting figures, making terrain and scenery and even some rules plus lots of other gems. It is a veritable fountain of knowledge.

I rationalised it as I spend up to £20 on rules that I might or might not play, here is a useful book which I will dip into for years to come. A no brainer really for me. I've read the book cover to cover and it now sits by my bedside to be dipped into when my wargaming enthusiasm might wane.

Inspirational, at times witty, but essential.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 27 July 2013
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I have not enjoyed a book about wargaming so much, since discovering Donald Featherstone and the 'Airfix' book range in my local library some 40 years ago. I would spend many happy hours studying those books as a 12 year old and now I have the book that will allow me to obsess once again (although now, as a fifty-something obsessive). An absolutely beautiful book that will be a source of reference for years to come.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars good
Bought for somebody else, good price
Published 1 month ago by Mrs S.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
Well the worth the purchase as the digital version is so much cheaper than the paper one. A really good read !
Published 1 month ago by Mme Nadine Jenkins
4.0 out of 5 stars A full tour
I have been wargaming for over forty years but still found this "introduction" an interesting and enjoyable read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by G. B. Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for wargamers
Superb book, a real soup to nuts guide to the hobby. A really enthusiastically and knowledgeably written book, really reminds me of the inspirational Donald Featherstone books that... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Steve Goss
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good and comprehensive guide to the hobby of wargaming
Very good and comprehensive guide to the hobby of wargaming. Just wish I had found this volume in the library when I started in 1974.
Published 6 months ago by Avidreader
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
A great resource for wargamers of all stripes. Covers wide range of games, figures etc with good photographs throughout. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alan Paterson
5.0 out of 5 stars So much great information in here
So much great information in here, it's a real must for any wargamer's bookshelf. I wish I'd picked it up sooner!
Published 8 months ago by sam_acw
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wargaming Compendium by Henry Hyde
Superb book for beginners and more experienced alike. Lots of interesting stuff contained between the covers, even a set of rules.
Published 8 months ago by Ian Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Covers nearly everything. Superb bit of work
Published 9 months ago by Mr D P Sore
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very good and involving introduction with a lot of quality pictures to inspire.
Published 9 months ago by mjpr
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