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
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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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 ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cos it was cheap and I was a bit bored
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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 2 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 6 months ago by J. F. Conybeare
Even better than expected from the sales info I read online. Very pleased with this comprehensive volume.Published 7 months ago by Robert Kerley
Purchased as a gift. All arrived on time and as described. Good introduction to an interesting area of study.Published 8 months ago by Nigel Barron
This book has such a wealth of knowledge and advice that I strongly believe that it will benefit both new gamers and old alike. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Everything you ever wanted to know about war gaming but were to afraid to ask, collected in one volume. And you get a complete set of war games rules included in the book as well!Published 11 months ago by Thomas Nissvik