The Wargaming Compendium

Listening to the latest episode of a favorite podcast (one of my top five, of course:  Wargaming Recon ), I was impressed with Henry talking about his new wargaming book, and I realized I had never ordered my own copy! Since my purchase, I’ve enjoyed both paging through and looking at pictures and also starting from the first chapter and reading the text. The tone is the familiar and friendly voice of Henry, as heard on a variety of podcasts, and the editing is clear (haven’t spotted any faulty grammar, and not even a typo yet–a rare thing in many wargaming books). And the illustrations throughout are a visual treat.

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From the first chapters, I’m learning a good deal about the history of wargaming and (finally) understanding how scales work in historical wargames. And I’ve skipped ahead to check out the chapter on painting, particularly impressed with the brief but information section about painting horses for cavalry. For the first time I understand so much more about horses–at least as far as painting realistic horses and especially markings.

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The book also provides a great introduction to understanding the different military units from the Napoleonic era–something else which has mystified me because I never wanted to delve into serious research involving lots of books–here it’s all covered in a few dozen pages.

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