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  • Hardcover: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military; 1st edition (17 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184884221X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848842212
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 3.6 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

Henry Hyde is the well-known and respected Editor of Miniature Wargames with Battlegames. Launched in 2006 and published in English, it currently sells to subscribers in more than 20 countries worldwide. His Battlegames Blog and regular podcast appearances are enjoyed by large audiences and the ongoing Battlegames Combat Stress Appeal on behalf of the charity for ex-services sufferers of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has received widespread support, raising thousands of pounds. Henry has been passionate about military history and wargaming for as long as he can remember, and has a degree in European Studies (History) with German, which included dissertations on military subjects. He lives and works in Hove, East Sussex.


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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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An extremely interesting, informative and useful book for both the experienced and the novice wargamer. Having bought the paperback I just had to get the hardback. It covers every aspect of wargaming from wargaming periods, scales, figures, manufacturers, basing, terrain and buildings, Also included is a set of wargames rules and a listing of wargames clubs and much more. I wish this book had been available when I started wargaming. Very highly recommended.
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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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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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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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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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