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The Wargaming Compendium Hardcover – 17 Jul 2013

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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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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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great history of miniature wargaming
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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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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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First thing I noticed was that this book was a lot bigger than I was expecting for the price, even the retail price. It is a sheer joy to read. Mr Hyde approaches his subject as a work of love, communicating the history (although from a mostly UK pov), the fashions, and the sheer pleasure of a hobby that might seem inexplicable to outsiders.

The writing style is very clear, and straightforward and manages to treat the reader as an intelligent human being. He has managed to steer the difficult path of having a book that will be of interest to newcomers as well as old hands.

In this book you can find out what has been done before, and why, and what the strengths and drawbacks were. There are lots of quite superb photographs so that you can always dip into this again for the sheer pleasure of the visual experience.

The book itself is of good, physical quality and I think that this will be one of the books people refer to in years to come when talking about the classic works on the subject
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This is the place to start if you want to know about miniature wargaming. It is, in short, a damn good read for anyone with an interest in wargames and anyone who might fancy getting started on fighting battles with "toy soldiers".

A book uses the word "compendium" sets out to reach some pretty high standards. Fortunately, if you choose to buy Mr Hyde's book, this particular compendium is indeed a collection of detailed and concise information. It meets the definition of what a compendium should be, and does so in a way that is accessible, entertaining and easy to follow, and never pompous, overly geeky or aimed exclusively at hobby insiders. From a history of wargaming to how to get the best out of the internet, the tone always feels friendly and authoritative. I'm even willing to forgive the occasional, slightly quaint "gentle reader" remarks, as they all add to the enthusiasm that Mr Hyde obviously has for his subject. The design is clean, easy to follow and encourages you to dip in and read; the photography is also excellent throughout.

The inclusion of two sets of straightforward rules for gladiator and horse-and-musket period games is a splendid bonus.

It is not, however, a book for people with weak wrists (no, really) - there are 500+ pages, and Pen & Sword have matched content quality with high production quality! Do not inadvertently drop this book on wargames figures! They will not survive the experience...
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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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