|Digital List Price:||$17.99|
Save $4.50 (25%)
Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Learn more
Read instantly on your browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.
Using your mobile phone camera - scan the code below and download the Kindle app.
Enter your mobile phone or email address
By pressing "Send link," you agree to Amazon's Conditions of Use.
You consent to receive an automated text message from or on behalf of Amazon about the Kindle App at your mobile number above. Consent is not a condition of any purchase. Message & data rates may apply.
The Wargaming Compendium Kindle Edition
"graphic arts extravaganza is enhanced by lively and engaging text that clearly explains things with a feel for flair and a good sense of humor. ..ranks as a great addition to the pastime's lore...comprehensive and entertaining...highly recommended to both more experienced tabletop generals and beginners."
Toy Solder & Model Figure
"I highly recommend this 519-page book to ANYONE interested in miniature wargaming. The title of The Wargaming Compendium is at least an understatement as this one volume gives the prospective gamer an insight to the beginning of this hobby that will only grow stronger with time. Also, grab this fascinating book while you can, as Wargaming Books, such as this, will sell out quickly and become a collectors editions before you know it. Get it while it's HOT."
Mataka.org --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00HESTADY
- Publisher : Pen & Sword Military; 1st edition (August 19, 2013)
- Publication date : August 19, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 29684 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 874 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #706,305 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The book includes sections on how to get started, including creation of a table and terrain, as well as a painting guide for soft plastic minis (the kind of plastic used in board game tokens). I already have a number of terrain books, so this was familiar ground, but it will be new to the book's intended audience. The painting guide was pretty meh, the author should have focused on hard plastic or metal ones as those are the standard and aren't that expensive if you don't buy GW. Again, there are other books and resources out there that cover this topic in greater detail, but this is clearly aimed at beginners.
The book also includes three sample sets of rules, one for gladiatorial duels, one for wild west shootouts, and another for linked historical musket warfare campaigns. The rules are aimed at beginners but seem to have an "easy to learn, hard to master" feel to them, which is ideal.
Lastly, the author talks about finding resources online and taking good pictures of your games to share with others. He includes a long list of manufacturers and events, noting that the table will probably be out of date by the time you read it.
The pictures are great, the author's prose is a joy to read with just the right amount of British tongue-in-cheek. I was a surprised by the guest preface grumbling about the "thought police", aka political correctness, but there is none of that in the book itself.
If you have any interest in wargaming, please grab this.
Coming from the GW background, I missed Airfix and Donald Featherstone. This book was the perfect bridge for that gap. If you are moving away from GW and into Bolt Action or Chain of Command, I strongly recommend this book as a background primer to historical wargaming.
...but it doesn't stop there! Not content to just TALK about the hobby, the book encourages the reader to give it a try by devoting chapters to miniature painting, terrain creation, and no less than THREE separate sets of rules for various eras, all written in a style that is simple, but doesn't insult the reader's intelligence.
Seriously, if you are interested in the miniature wargaming hobby, BUY THIS BOOK. If it doesn't inspire you to give it a try, your soul fell out somewhere...
Top reviews from other countries
As a wargamer of a similar vintage to the author the best I can say about this book it that it not covers many of the wargaming developments since the late 1960s to the time of writing but also passes on the best of this on into the current (and future) arena. I enjoyed the reminder of rules and books of the past and the acknowledgement of how these have all contributed to a lesser or greater degree to what wargaming is today. 'Written on the shoulders of giants' would be a great way of describing this book as the author readily acknowledges how wargaming's early pioneers have helped to fashion and forge the hobby we enjoy today.
The sections on historical periods, army sizes and figure scales are all routine fare but the author describes them simply, eloquently and with many pertinent observations - both of actual games in progress and his own set up. There is practical advice and examples of painting, terrain making, designing rules and creating campaigns for a variety of periods. A wide variety of photographs of games and historical uniforms as well as diagrams, 'how to' sequences as well as list of figure manufacturers, wargames shows and modest but useful bibliography - not to mention some of the author's own rules, complete the book.
The Kindle version is really handy to have alongside the hardback version as it means that the various links can be more readily accessed. I have not mentioned the paperback version as this is not a medium I use where other options are available. In fact I have now also picked up a hardback version for my own collection.
I really enjoyed this book for a number of reasons. There was little contained in the pages that was new but what is contained therein represents a new baseline to start from for anyone considering embarking on the wargamer's path.
In essence the author has taken what could be described as an 'old school' style of wargames book and has made it the 'new old school'.
I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to the author's forthcoming volume on campaigns in wargames (which will be of similar size!).