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Geat value for money, but...
on 16 June 2012
The slight delay in delivery only whetted my appetite to have this book in my hands. It is great value, there is a wealth of information on the armies and uniforms of the period and the battle maps with orders of battle are well done and very useful.
However, colour in the 21st century is no longer a luxury, and replacing the extensive use of line drawings coupled to text on the opposite page by colour images and short captions à la Funcken books would have been be a joy here, too, especially as this is clearly aimed at wargamers. Colour images of flags and standards rather than dry descriptions would have been welcomed, as would colour images of each nation's artillery equipment. A great text is never spoiled by great colour illustration, and this is what wargamers are really hoping for. Welcome as the two colour sections are, they are reminiscent of dated approaches to this kind of production. I realise that this would have made this book much bigger and pricier - bring it on, say I!
Also welcome would have been a further reading list. The bibliography is astonishing for its omissions - no Duffy, no Bleckwenn, no Cecil Lawson, no Parkman, not a single title from French authors. So a reading list that beginners would have found truly useful is an unforgivable omission from such a work. However, much can be forgiven for mentioning the incredible web-pages of kronoskaf - my recommendation to any wargamers looking for a model resource. If only that were available in book form - web pages so often disappear off the face of the Internet.