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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848846290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848846296
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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A book that fits our period perfectly! Do not be put off by the number of pages, the 'rules section is only eight pages long, but covers the mechanics of playing a game using figures from 2 to 42mm size. They are simply presented and easy to use, indeed I have already used the format in preparing the rules used at our game at Salute. Neil is no novice at wargame rules, having written books on 'Ancient and Medieval Wargaming' and 'Napoleonic Wargaming'. He writes in a clear and readable style giving background information where needed and giving the reader options to develop his (or her) own way of playing the game. Highly Recommended. - The Foreign Correspondent

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Mark W. Stephens on 18 Mar. 2012
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I'm the first to admit that I wasn't a huge fan of Mr Thomas's first book on wargaming. His subsequent, more focussed, volumes were, in my oponion, better, but still "not quite there" (not that this seems to have made a huge difference, as all three sit on my bookshelves). The Nineteenth century is far from one of my favourite periods, and, given my opening statement, I felt that I would be unlikely to purchase this particular offering, and I flipped through it with little more than idle curiosity. I have to say that I am glad that I chose to look, as I think that Mr Thomas has finally found THE period for his style of game. He has made it a more attractive option by dint of some clever additions to his rules. He has chosen to base games around a small number of specific scenarios (pitched battle, meeting engagement, rearguard action, flank attack), rather than a straight "line 'em up and go". Whilst the organisation of his units remains recognisable to those who have read his previous efforts, the fixed army size of his other books has been abandoned in favour of a more random, scenario-driven determination of both number and composition of opposing forces, with further modifiers such as unit and command quality. All the usual features of Mr Thomas's books are present: the sketching in of the history of the period, the extensive army lists, and careful explanation of his thinking behind the rule mechanisms, as well as a selection of historical battles interpreted as scenarios. I believe that this time the whole package comes together in a way the his other books did not.

My main gripe is once again related to the choice of photographs.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By RedCoat on 31 Mar. 2012
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Neil Thomas has made a name for himself in the wargaming world for simple but entertaining and practical rule systems. In his previous books he has tackled ancient, medieval and Napoleonic warfare all using the same basic mechanisms. In this volume he give the conflicts of 19th century Europe the same treatment. As well as providing an elegant set of rules he discusses the historical background in some detail and in a new departure he provides historical scenarios. Some of these are what you might expect ie Crimean or Franco-Prussian, but there are several comparitively unknown ones.
Many wargamers dismiss Mr Thomas' approach as over simplistic and deride his rules as 'unrealistic'. He has dealt with these criticisms in his previous volumes and I find his arguments convincing. The aspect of his work that appeals to me most is its resemblance to the 'old school' wargaming books I read as a boy. This is not something produced by a team, with a carefully researched target audience. He is not trying to sell a range of figures or a set of rules, or even the book itself. He merely describes his own likes and dislikes and the rational behind them. Those who do not appreciate this approach will not like this book. Those who liked the earlier books or who like simple 'old school' rules will. I am happy to count myself as one of the latter.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Morris on 9 Oct. 2012
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I have been a wargamer since 1967, when I discovered a copy of Donald Featherstone`s book `Wargames` in my local library and found what to do with my Airfix soldiers, and models.
Since then I have seen almost every development in war-gaming, where games have often fluctuated between simplistic knock`em downs, to complex mathematical equations where every game move seem to involve hours of reference to endless charts designed to simulate `real` command. The experience that I had seemed to suggest the measure of fun reduced directly in ratio to the increase in the complexity of the rules.
Amongst many other things, I have seen volumes of print over `unit frontages`, when the most casual observer of military history will appreciate the fluctuations of military strengths. I remember reading how one regiment in the Crimea could parade 30 fit men for duty, how do you account for that?
I have come across Neil Thomas` previous volumes, and have been impresssed on how his rules managed to cover a tremendous amount of complexities, but within a simple, and enjoyable rule system.
Additionally, I was impressed with his `Army Lists` which must be a boon to any young war-gamer looking at the number of products available and wondering how he, or she, should organise their forces.
When I found Mr. Thomas` latest book on nineteenth century Europe, I could not get my hands on it soon enough.
I was not to be disappointed. Initial reading suggests that the rules are quite simple, and in using them, they are. However, further reading of the volume shows how deeply Mr. Thomas has considered his subject and just how successful he has been in creating a tremendous set of rules, scenarios, and suggestions, many of which are additionally suitable for the solo-wargamer.
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