Posts Tagged ‘Books’

MiG Alley Update

Posted on January 20th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

I’ve been re-reading this excellent short overview of the air war over North Korea over the last couple of days, ready to start working on some game plans for both Bag the MiG and MiG Alley. I’m about half way through the painting production line now, …

Book Review: China and the West by William Edward Soothill

Posted on January 15th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

China and the West by William Edward SoothillSubtitled: A Short History of Their Contact from Ancient Times to the Fall of the Manchu DynastyI have been putting off this review for some time, I finished reading the book a couple of month…

The Life of Gordon

Posted on January 8th, 2018 under . Posted by

I had a really nice and unexpected late present from a friend of the family on New Years Day, a first edition hardback copy of The Life of Gordon, published in 1896 and written by a gentleman by the name of Demetrius C. Boulger, no less. It’s in p…

L’Armee de l’ombre

Posted on December 29th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

I have all three books in the L’Armee de l’ombre trilogy now, having popped into the local bookstore while shopping for the trip home. This series of graphic novels details the experience of a group of soldiers on the Eastern Front, so it is pretty bru…

Holiday Reading

Posted on December 23rd, 2017 under , . Posted by

I thought I’d do some background reading for the Lion Rampant War of the Roses project, so have started with From Wakefield to Towton, as a general introduction to the first phase of the conflict up to 1461. I read quite a few books on this a couple of…

Magestorm

Posted on December 21st, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Probably the last book I get finished for 2017, as there aren`t that many bustrips left, and this time it`s one from the Warhammer range written by Jonathan Green.Published all the way back in 2004, this is one of the novels that lays the seeds of the …

Grinning Skull’s End of 2017 Release Round-Up!!

Posted on December 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hello, peeps! Sorry, I haven’t been around to keep you in the loop, a combination of stress, time limitations, and festive prep has conspired against me, but never the less, I’m here now, with a comprehensive round-up of our releases up to …

The British In The Arctic: Gallant Deeds In The Reign Of Queen Victoria

Posted on December 18th, 2017 under , . Posted by

A Matomaton military history reference book.The British In The Arctic: Gallant Deeds In The Reign Of Queen Victoria, A compilation of WHG Kingston’s writings on British explorations of the Arctic during the reign of Queen Victoria.This PDF gathers toge…

Gallant Deeds In The Reign Of Queen Victoria

Posted on December 18th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Gallant Deeds In The Reign Of Queen Victoria, This special bundle product contains the following titles:The British In Afghanistan: Gallant Deeds In The Reign Of Queen VictoriaA Matomaton military history reference book. A compilation of WHG Kingston’s…

The Great Martian War: Counterattack!

Posted on December 15th, 2017 under . Posted by

Following the disastrous defeats of 1910, the Americans have fallen back to the line of the Mississippi River.This is the last natural barrier between the Martian invaders and the utterly vital and vulnerablecities of the east. To lose the Mississippi …

The Great Martian War: Counterattack!

Posted on December 15th, 2017 under . Posted by

The Great Martian War: Counterattack!

Following the disastrous defeats of 1910, the Americans have fallen back to the line of the Mississippi River.

This is the last natural barrier between the Martian invaders and the utterly vital and vulnerable
cities of the east. To lose the Mississippi Line could well be to lose the war. The Martian commanders know this, as do Theodore Roosevelt and his Chief of Staff, Leonard Wood.

Both sides mass all of their forces for the titanic clash that will come in the summer of 1912. Everyone has a part to play. Frank Dolfen leads his cavalry on risky scouting missions into enemy territory, Rebecca Harding raises a unit of women sharpshooters to defend Memphis, and Andrew Comstock rushes to complete the army’s newest weapons.

But even a war between worlds cannot avoid politics. There is serious disagreement among the Martians about the proper path to victory. And 1912 is an election year in America. Millions of people have been driven from their homes and Roosevelt knows that to win in November it is not enough to just hold the line. They must counterattack! This is the third book in the first trilogy of The Great Martian War.

Osprey Military History Hardbacks

Posted on December 14th, 2017 under . Posted by

I was in Southampton today for a fieldwork trip and, in the lunch break, decided to pop into The Works. As a result, I now have two very glossy Osprey hardback books, the first on trench warfare on the Western Front and the second on the…

Osprey Military History Hardbacks

Posted on December 14th, 2017 under . Posted by

I was in Southampton today for a fieldwork trip and, in the lunch break, decided to pop into The Works. As a result, I now have two very glossy Osprey hardback books, the first on trench warfare on the Western Front and the second on the German Army in WW2. Both are compilations of previous books with new text and additional photographs, maps, diagrams and artwork, much of which is very good indeed. Excellent material for wargaming and not bad for a grand total of £17!

Musings on Wargaming and Life 2017-12-11 16:22:00

Posted on December 11th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

With no games on and suffering from manflu for the best part of a week and a half, still not over it, things have been fairly dismal recently, much like the weather. We came back from my grandson’s birthday tea on Saturday having managed to travel to N…

Empire of the Clouds

Posted on December 10th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I found this for £6.99 in the local garden centre of all places, while choosing a Xmas tree today. I read the paperback edition when it was first published but this is the hardback illustrated version, so a very nice volume to add to the bookshelf or e…

Empire of the Clouds

Posted on December 10th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I found this for £6.99 in the local garden centre of all places, while choosing a Xmas tree today. I read the paperback edition when it was first published but this is the hardback illustrated version, so a very nice volume to add to the bookshelf or even to the coffee table, if I actually had one of those. There are some splendid photos of post war jet aircraft too.

French Naval History

Posted on December 4th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I spotted this on the digital bookshelf, so have downloaded a copy to read on the ferry over to France at Xmas in a couple of weeks time. It covers the period from 1870 to today, so should have lots of useful and relevant stuff for my various nava…

French Naval History

Posted on December 4th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I spotted this on the digital bookshelf, so have downloaded a copy to read on the ferry over to France at Xmas in a couple of weeks time. It covers the period from 1870 to today, so should have lots of useful and relevant stuff for my various nava…

Eventide – Scott McGough and Cory J. Herndon

Posted on December 4th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

The great thing about Magic The Gathering used to be that they released paperback novels of all the expansions from the game, to add some fluff together.Unfortunatly these days, those have become digital releases, and in my mind you can`t beat the scen…

Eventide – Scott McGough and Cory J. Herndon

Posted on December 4th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

The great thing about Magic The Gathering used to be that they released paperback novels of all the expansions from the game, to add some fluff together.Unfortunatly these days, those have become digital releases, and in my mind you can`t beat the scen…

The wait is almost over! “Panzerkrieg Volume 1”

Posted on November 30th, 2017 under . Posted by

The wait is almost over! The Australian shipment of “Panzerkrieg Volume 1” has arrived and orders are being despatched. The shipment bound for the US is still at sea but is due to land shortly. We had hoped to start dispatching the books in mid-Novemb…

Samurai Armour

Posted on November 30th, 2017 under . Posted by

Samurai Armour

For beauty, precision and strength, nothing has ever matched the combination of form and function found in the armour of the samurai. For a samurai, the consummate warrior, his suit of armour was so much more than ‘just’ protective equipment that could save his life in the heat of battle – it was the embodiment of his personality, social status and very soul.

This volume, the first in a two-part series on the armour of the samurai, traces first the history of the samurai themselves and then examines the history and evolution of the cuirass or dou, the armour protecting the samurai’s chest. Drawing on over 20 years of research and technical work by Trevor Absolon, a leading expert, this is a complete study of this fundamental aspect of samurai armour construction. Illustrated throughout with photographs and diagrams, this is more than just a detailed technical exploration, it is a meditation on a process that was, and still is, nothing short of an art form.

Case Red: The Collapse of France

Posted on November 30th, 2017 under . Posted by

Even after the legendary evacuation from Dunkirk in June 1940 there were still large British formations fighting the Germans alongside their French allies. After mounting a vigorous counterattack at Abbeville and then conducting a tough defence along t…

Solo Wargaming

Posted on November 29th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Following on from my recent Solo wargame I decided I would review my collection of books for advice and ideas on the subject. I have a wide but by no means comprehensive collection of books on wargaming and many of them include some advice on how to pl…

Solo Wargaming

Posted on November 29th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Following on from my recent Solo wargame I decided I would review my collection of books for advice and ideas on the subject. I have a wide but by no means comprehensive collection of books on wargaming and many of them include some advice on how to pl…