Dr. Mark W. Stephens

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Armies of the Seven Years War: Commanders, Equipme&hellip by Digby Smith
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Written by Digby Smith, who made his name (or perhaps, given that he used to be known as Otto von Pivka, somebody else's) by producing a whole host of primarily Napoleonic titles starting over thirty years ago. Mr Smith states in the introduction of this his latest work that a great deal of the information presented here was gathered during the course of researching those other earlier works.

Stylistically, this volume is very much like his previous "Armies of the Napoleonic Era". Thankfully he eschews the traditional extended historical introduction, concentrating on more specifically tactical considerations before plunging into the details of the alphabetically listed armies… Read more
Wargaming Nineteenth Century Europe 1815-1878 by Neil Thomas
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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… Read more
Build and Convert Airfix Military Models by Tom Cole
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This was a book that I'd been waiting for quite a while to actually see (there was a long delay between its announcement and final publication), and maybe it was never going to live up to my hopes and expectations. The book is based on a series of articles in "Scale Military Modeller International" and it shows. The individual chapters are short and somewhat variable in level of detail, and there is a significant amount of repetition where the same kit forms the basis of more than one chapter/article (we hear about the small size of the Sherman turret on at least three occasions, for example).

Unlike the previous reviewer, I don't have a particular problem with the coverage of… Read more