- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Wargaming Compendium Hardcover – 17 Jul 2013
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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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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.
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
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...
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.Read more ›
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AS an all=encompassing book on wargaming I suspect it can't be bettered. Some might find it a bit basic. It's not really for those who're already expert gamers.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Out of date. A long winded writing style which contains neither the enthusiasm nor the insight of the great authors of this hobby. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Cos it was cheap and I was a bit bored
Found bits of it quite longwinded read better
Well written, laid out, illustrated and enjoyable to read, I have immediately found this useful with my painting of figures and it has made clear some areas that have not been to... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
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. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
If your a Wargamer novice or Vet. There is something in this book for everyone. Henry Hyde is an absolute gem for putting this together. Buy itPublished 16 months ago by J. F. Conybeare
Even better than expected from the sales info I read online. Very pleased with this comprehensive volume.Published 17 months ago by Robert Kerley