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A mythical beast - a female wargamer! I got back into wargaming in the summer of 2011 after a very, very long break. My current interests are Ancients, ACW, 30YW and SciFi gaming.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Henry Hyde's "The Wargaming Compendium"

Bzzzzzzzz Bzzzzzzz
Bzzz Bzzz Bzzzz

"Hello!?"
"Postman = I've got a big parcel for you"
"On my way down"

That was the bleary-eyed and scraggy-tailed conversation I had this morning, a few minutes before heading off to work.

"But what was in this heavy parcel?" you ask. Well, obviously this was:



but also a few Ospreys, "Achtung, Schweinhund!" and an ultra-sonic cleaning bath. the last will be used for a number of purposes - cleaning jewellery, assisting with stripping paint from minis and if I ever get into airbrushing for cleaning the parts. But let's return to the main event.

After a much prolonged gestation (how many times did Amazon put it up for pre-order then take it down again?) and then delays in actually getting the printed copies to the publisher, Henry's masterpiece is finally available for sale to the great unwashed grateful public. How Henry found time in between editing issues of MW to buckle his swash and wrest the shipping containers from the pirates that held them up is beyond my knowledge.

I've got to admit that so far I've only had a quick leaf-through of the book, but I'm definitely impressed. As one would expect from Henry, the illustrations and photographs are superb (and lots of them). The text is printed in a large enough font that it should be easy for everyone to read comfortably, with good line spacing. Equally impressive is the "heft" of the book - 1.47kg of glossy goodness. And it is just the right height to slip under that wonky table leg (just kidding Henry!).

I'm definitely looking forward to reading this at home over the next few weeks. It certainly looks to be well worth the wait, the weight and the full cover price of £35 (although it is available for £16 on Amazon).

27 comments:

  1. This is exciting. I got an e-mail last Fri from Amazon saying that it's been dispatched, but no sign of it yet...

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  2. Thanks for the heads up on this, Tamsin. I'll have to pick up a copy.

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  3. Looks good, I may even have to shake the moths out of my wallet!!!

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    1. They have been there that long Ray they now have squatters rights you cant just shake em out now :)

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  4. Well, thinking about buying it, but still not convinced (Now £22.40 0n Amazon). I'm an old curmudgeon, I know. Nevertheless, here's an extract from one review:

    "Henry shows the world that some wargamers are erridite"

    Maybe not in everything . . .

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    1. Well, that reviewer may not have been among the "some" to whom he referred ;)

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  5. Tamsin,
    YOU'RE BACK!! First, I thought you were kidnapped by a roving band of itinerant bloggers. Then I re-thought and realized that you, more than likely, were fixated by the first two week long game of SAGA. Surely that would be so memorable that Henry would include it in the next magazine. But then I realized that the heat had probably robbed you of the strength to type anything up to your consistently funny and high standards. Glad you're back.
    I'm expecting my issue of the issue in a day or so from Barnes & Noble. Glad you liked it.
    Jerry
    A/K/A The Celtic Curmudgeon

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    1. Your final guess was pretty much spot on. I just didn't feel like painting or blogging last week. As for the roving band of itinerant bloggers, I managed to see them off with a swift parry and a witty riposte :)

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  6. Well thanks for posting, I was just wondering about the book this morning and there is your post.

    John

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  7. The book does look and feel great. several of my fellow gamers had a look at it the other night. Most very favourable only one against. I'm happy with my purchase.

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  8. What in the Name of all things sacred is an Ultra-sonic cleaning bath?

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  9. Good stuff, I'll be heading over to Amazon in two shakes of lambs tail....

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  10. It appears to be a great book; very good reading for the summer!

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  11. Looks like I've got a new order to place with Amazon

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  12. Now that's something to add to the shopping list! Nice one Tamsin!

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  13. You're a bad person, to be flaunting such temptations . . . .

    FMB

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  14. "Achtung, Schweinhund!"
    Just finished reading that, and absolutely loved it!

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  15. I love getting books in the mail. Very cool.

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  16. Thanks all - for those who are buying it, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

    @ Whisk - books in the post are always a pleasure :)

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    1. So true. Tim just ordered a cookery book for me from the UK. They don't have it here and if and when they do, it won't be in metric. I love metric, so I order the books I like.

      So fun to get them in the mail.

      Hope your weekend is going well. Cheers and boogie boogie.

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  17. You're such a tease and a buzzer sound genius!

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  18. Phil, a friend from the club, gifted me a copy at work today! looking forward to reading it too!

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  19. Very timely head's up! It's on my Amazon Wish List!

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  20. Its good you have something to fix the table now and it does look like a good book

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  21. Sounds good. Let us know how it reads

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  22. A nice surprise in the morning: the book is really magnificent!
    But.. you really have a buzzer that rings with: "Bzzzzz"?

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