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ABBREVIATIONS: dj-dust jacket, biblio-bibliography, b/w-black and white, illust-illustrations, b/c-book club addition.
rct - recent arrival or pending publication, spc - OMM Special Price
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1-219550 Stanley, Paul MODELLING AND PAINTING FANTASY FIGURES Whether modeling a single fantasy miniature, a handful of warriors for a warband or tackling a huge army for a mass battle game - this book provides wargamers with a wealth of information to achieve the best result. Includes 272 color plates.

A wide array of fantasy miniatures is available to wargamers and modelers, manufactured from an increasing number of different materials each with their own unique modeling challenges. From the multipart hard plastic 28mm miniature to the metal and resin models common in all other scales, this provides wargamers with a wealth of information to achieve the best results. 1 vol, 192 pgs 2019 UK, HAYNES PUBLISHING UK
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1-908378 various WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue #378 - Includes one of either AZW Married, unmarried or natal native contingent zulu plastic frames Theme: Rising to Glory
* Shaka's Bloody Ascent
* Horatius of the Tyrol
* Johnny Clem: Drummer Boy of Chicamauga
* Trooper to Marshal
* A Gamer's Progress

Other Features:
* Observation Post
* Rules Showcase: Seven Days To The River Rhine
* How to Build a 1/300th scale harbor
* Not Another April Fool
* Purists Look Away Now
* Show Report: Tactica 2019
* Saga: Book of Battles
* Tribes Of The Omo River
* Designer's Notes: Battle Ravens: The Shieldwall Boardgame
* Wargames Spaces: Dave Tuck
* Making Movement Trays
* Fighting Talk: Taking the Offensive1 vol, 116 pgs 2019 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
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1-916432 various MINIATURE WARGAMES: Issue # 432 Articles include:
* Forward Observer: New Releases by Kallistra; V&V Miniatures; Gunfighters Ball; Caliver Books; Victrix; Osprey; Antediluvian; Lancashire Games; Perry Miniatures; Stoessi's Heroes; Dishdash Games and more.
* Send Three And Fourpence: Screen Time: the best of wargamers' YouTube videos.
* Ultracombat Normandy: New small action rules, Carentan (scenario), and an interview with the author
* Command Decision 15: The Causeway at La Fiere, Cotentin Peninsular June 1944
* Alexander: Conquest Fulfilled - hypothetical Battle of the River Dan 320 BCE.
* Fantasy Facts: New products in F&SF gaming from Crooked Dice; Mantic; Deep Cut; Maelstrom's Edge; Sally 4th; Brigade and more.
* Stars & Lasers II: Spacegoing piracy scenario.
* Mos Espa: Scratch-building 'historically accurate' 28mm Star Wars terrain.
* Morocco: Scenarios for French forces and the Berbers: The Zaian War of 1914-1921.
* Robin: Editor visits this Nottingham show.
* Recce: 10 book reviews
* Wargames Widow: How to build bocage1 vol, 96 pgs 2019 UK, WARNER PUBLICATIONS
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1-219570 Murton, Charles and Cartmell, Craig THUD & BLUNDER: Fantasy Skirmish Wargames Rules Thud & Blunder is a set of generic fantasy skirmish wargaming rules from the Ministry of Gentlemanly Warfare, whose authors have previously brought you In Her Majesty's Name, Daisho, and Blood Eagle.

With just five to 15 figures a side, you can play a party of brave adventurers, a knight and his retinue, a college of powerful wizards, a company of dwarven prospectors, a patrol of elven rangers, a warparty of orc raiders, a foul necromancer and his undead minions, and so many other classic fantasy warbands.

The book provides numerous example warbands and all the tools you need to create almost any warband that you can imagine, including a detailed and open points system. The rules cover a wide range of armor and weapons, including magical versions. You will also find statistics for a variety of beasts and legendary beasts, rules for flyers, a comprehensive system of magical powers and much, much more. Thud & Blunder is not tied to a specific world; this means you can play your games in any fantasy setting you choose, including realms of your own devising.1 vol, 164 pgs 2019 UK, MINISTRY GENTLEMANLY WARFARE
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1-219610 Crawford, Peter ROMAN EMPEROR ZENO: The Perils of Power Politics in Fifth-Century Constantinople Examines the life and career of the fifth-century Roman emperor Zeno and the various problems he faced before and during his 17-year rule. Despite its length, his reign has hitherto been somewhat overlooked as being just a part of that gap between the Theodosian and Justinianic dynasties of the Eastern Roman Empire which is comparatively poorly furnished with historical sources.

Reputedly brought in as a counter-balance to the generals who had dominated politics at the end of the Theodosian dynasty, Zeno quickly had to prove himself adept at dealing with the harsh realities of imperial power. Zeno's life and reign is littered with conflict and politicking with various groups -- the enmity of both sides of his family; dealing with the fallout of the collapse of the Empire of Attila in Europe, especially the increasingly independent tribal groups established on the frontiers of, and even within, imperial territory; the end of the Western Empire; and the continuing religious strife within the Roman world. As a result, his reign was an eventful and significant one that deserves this long-overdue spotlight.1 vol, 384 pgs 2019 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-219620 Esposiro, Gabriele ARMIES OF THE LATE ROMAN EMPIRE AD 284 to 476: History, Organization & Equipment This guide to the Late Roman Army focusses on the dramatic and crucial period that started with the accession of Diocletian and ended with the definitive fall of the Western Roman Empire. This was a turbulent period during which the Roman state and its armed forces changed. Includes 150 illustrations.

Gabriele Esposito challenges many stereotypes and misconceptions regarding the Late Roman Army; for example, he argues that the Roman military machine remained a reliable and efficient one until the very last decades of the Western Empire. The author describes the organization, structure, equipment, weapons, combat history and tactics of Late Roman military forces. The comitatenses (field armies), limitanei (frontier units), foederati (allied soldiers), bucellarii (mercenaries), scholae palatinae (mounted bodyguards), protectores (personal guards) and many other kinds of troops are covered.

The book is lavishly illustrated in color, including the shield devices from the Notitia Dignitatum. The origins and causes for the final military fall of the Empire are discussed in detail, as well as the influence of the 'barbarian' peoples on the Roman Army.1 vol, 208 pgs 2019 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-219640 Hughes, Ian ATTILA THE HUN: Arch-Enemy of Rome Rising to the Hunnic kingship around 434, Attila the Hun dominated European history for the next two decades. Attila bullied and manipulated both halves of the Roman empire, forcing successive emperors to make tribute payments or face invasion. Ian Hughes recounts Attila's rise to power, attempting to untangle his character and motivations so far as the imperfect sources allow. A major theme is how the two halves of the empire finally united against Attila, prompting his fateful decision to invade Gaul and his subsequent defeat at the Battle of the Catalaunian Plain in 451.

Integral to the narrative is analysis of the history of the rise of the Hunnic Empire; the reasons for the Huns' military success; relations between the Huns and the two halves of the Roman Empire; Attila's rise to sole power; and Attila's doomed attempt to bring both halves of the Roman Empire under his dominion. Includes 12 black and white maps and 8 pages of color plates.1 vol, 240 pgs 2019 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-914144 various VAE VICTIS # 144: The Eagles of the Danube Includes game The Eagles of the Danube. Austria goes to war against France in 1809, invading Bavaria on March 30 while the French Army is preoccupied with Spain.

Game
* Complexity : 5/10
* Duration : 1 hour
* One unit : 1 division
* 1 strength step equals approximately 2,500 men
* Modules : 1 tactical module
* 1 game turn equals 2 days

Magazine Contents
* Boardgames: Heroes of Black Reach; Smolensk; Stalingrad: Inferno on the Volga; 1066; Black Cavalry Normandie; Apocalypse in the East; Albuerra
* Scenarios: Advanced Squad Leader; Memory 44
* Miniatures: De l'or pour les braves; Cruel Sea; Bataille Empire; Pacte de Varsovie vs Otan; Les batailles d'avril 1809; Les jeux de David Mersey chez Osprey
* Technic: Les decors desert (suite)
* Hobby: Ecole de Guerre et Serious Games; Les jeux de roles a theme historique
* Art of War: Les Aigles du Danube1 vol, 84 pgs 2019 FRANCE, CERIGO EDITIONS
NEW-softcover, available late March 2019 [French text, rules also in English] ......$26.00 rct

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1-219581 Mugnai, Bruno WAR AND SOLDIERS IN THE EARLY REIGN OS LOUIS XIV: Volume 1 - The Army of the United Provinces of the Netherlands 1660-1687 Prolific Italian artist and author, Bruno Mugnai, introduces the Dutch Army of the third quarter of the 17th century in the first of a new eight-volume series that covers the armies of early years of Louis XIV reign. France and the United Provinces represented opposite models of state government during the 17th century. Includes 50 black and white illustrations and maps and 8 color plates.

The contrary nature of their political structure led to conflict on several occasions during this period. Military Historians have focused research onto the final phase of the conflicts such as the Wars of the Grand Alliance and the Spanish Succession, which coincides with the beginning of the long decline for both countries. Mugnai examines the evolution of the Dutch Army, its equipment, weapons and tactics, along with its uniforms and flags and ensigns. The book is lavishly illustrated and contains eight specially commissioned color plates that depicts the Army of United Provinces during the nation's 'Golden Age'.1 vol, 184 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-219580 Paoletti, Ciro WILLIAM III'S ITALIAN ALLY: Piedmont and the War of the League of Augsburg 1683-1697 The Nine Year often assumed that the conflict was fought solely in Flanders and the Rhineland, and by mainly North West European Armies. This was not so. William of Orange, the driving force of the Grand Alliance in the fight against the French, considered the Italian aspect of the conflict to be of the greatest strategic importance.

Piedmont, in north western Italy bordered France, and Italian armies were able to threaten the south of France with invasion. For the first time too, the nature of late 17th century warfare in Italy is considered and the author examines organization, training and logistics. Military artist Bruno Mugnai enhances the book's text with 8 specially commissioned color plates that illustrate the uniforms and flags of this highly visual period. Includes 25 black and white illustrations and maps and 8 color plates.1 vol, 184 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-219650 Harper, Rob FIGHTING THE FRENCH REVOLUTION: The Great Vendee Rising of 1793 In 1793 France was facing foreign invasion along its borders and a fierce political war was raging in Paris when a large-scale revolt, centered on the western Department of the Vendee, suddenly erupted, almost bringing the new-born French Republic to its knees. Includes 20 black and white illustrations, 54 maps, and tactical diagrams.

The immediate trigger for this Great War of the Vendee, barely known outside of France, was the attempted imposition of conscription but the region seethed at the erosion of its traditional values and way of life. The persecution of the Catholic Church and killing of the king symbolized to the Vendeens how dangerous the new Republic had become; in a matter of weeks tens of thousands had flocked to fight for the 'Catholic and Royal' cause.

This is the story of the new Republic's ferocious military campaigns against the armies of the Vendee, which fiercely defied them between March and December 1793, tying down hundreds of thousands of troops desperately needed on the frontiers. Napoleon later called it 'The War of Giants' and it directly led to the implementation of some of the Republic's most extreme laws.1 vol, 400 pgs 2019 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-dj, available late March 2019 ......$43.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-219590 Griffith, Robert RIFLEMEN: The History of the 5th Battalion, 60th (Royal American) Regiment - 1797-1818 The 5th Battalion of the 60th (Royal American) Regiment was the first rifle battalion in the regular British Army. Raised in 1797, it marked a significant step in the development of British light infantry and rifle corps. Lieutenant Colonel Francis de Rottenburg, the battalion's commander for almost 10 years, formulated the first British Army light infantry manual. Includes 11 color illustrations, 41 black and white illustrations, 36 black and white maps, 5 tables, and 3 figures.

After serving in Ireland during the 1798 rebellion, in the West Indies, and in the Americas, the battalion rose to fame during the Peninsular War. It was one of only three battalions to be present from the initial landings in Portugal through to the invasion of France, and victory six years later. Divided between the brigades of Wellington's army to provide specialist rifle and skirmishing capability, the riflemen often formed advance or rear guards, patrols and outposts. Frequently praised by Wellington and his divisional commanders, the battalion won 16 battle honors.

Drawing on official records, memoirs, court martial transcripts, inspection reports, and unpublished letters, Riflemen recounts not only the campaigns in which the battalion fought, but also many personal stories of the soldiers who served with it. Riflemen includes tales of murder, promotion from the ranks, desertion, prisoners of war, and small actions that are often overlooked. 1 vol, 464 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-219601 Townsend, Ben FASHIONING REGULATION, REGULATING FASHION: Volume I - Uniforms and Dress of the British Army 1800-1815 This book is the first part of a two-volume investigation into the clothing orders of the British late Georgian army, combined and contrasted with an analysis of fashion in the same army- comparing the regulated dress with the 'modes of the army' as revealed by contemporary writing and illustrations. Includes 21 color plates, 47 black and white illustrations, and 7 tables.

The first quarter of the 19th century witnessed a refinement of fashionable masculine dress that has not since been surpassed. Military tailoring inspired a parallel flowering of uniform splendor that continued into the 1830s and sparked an enduring fascination with military costume that still rages today.

The army that operated in these cumbersome uniforms managed to achieve fame as one of the most effective British fighting forces ever recognized, and is still remembered and honored for its achievements.

These three strands: the flowering of late Georgian civilian tailoring; of its martial equivalent; and of military excellence on campaign, have gripped the interest and the imagination of the public, and are endlessly revived and recycled through popular culture, on television, film, through books and all of the other new media.

The reader then might properly ask why another book on uniforms of this period is necessary. Quite simply, it is because the amount of material available to the researcher has increased exponentially since the advent of the internet, especially in regard to the now widely available digital archive files of institutional collections. The huge amount of accessible material makes the task of assembling accurate information much longer and much harder, but the results are consequentially more satisfying and accurate than hitherto.1 vol, 362 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-219600 Watt, Robert N HORSES WORN TO MERE SHADOWS: The Victorio Campaign 1880 This study commences with Victorio's return to New Mexico in January 1880. The US army's January to February campaign illustrates the operational decoy strategy employed by Victorio to protect his own logistic support whilst simultaneously undermining that of his opponents. Includes 109 black and white photos, 25 color maps, 2 black and white sketches, 29 tables, and 8 figures.

The Hembrillo Canyon operation in April 1880 saw the largest battle of the Victorio Campaign. By the end of May 1880, Victorio's warriors have rendered the Ninth Cavalry unfit for field service. This was achieved through the Apache strategy of directly and indirectly targeting the US army's horses and mules. Yet the Apaches also suffer their first major defeat of the campaign at the end of May. After regrouping and engaging in widespread raiding in northern Mexico, Victorio engaged the Tenth Cavalry in Western Texas during July-August 1880.

Failing to break through that regiment's defenses he retreated back into Mexico. This allowed the US army in New Mexico to rest and recover. By September 1880, the US army had negotiated a cross border operation of questionable legality. Known as the Buell Expedition, the aim was to coordinate with Mexican state troops to destroy the Apaches. This volume will end with Mexican state troops, led by Colonel Joaquin Terrazas', inflicting a major defeat upon the Apaches at Tres Castillos.

It will be argued that the setbacks in Western Texas and at Tres Castillos demonstrate the employment of strategies and tactics by the Apaches which came very close to succeeding.1 vol, 500 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-219630 Jouineau, Andre and Mongin, Jean L'ARMEE DE NAPOLEON III: Dans La Guerre De 1870 Even though the formidable war machine which Napoleon III's army had become had already been through several campaigns in Europe, Asia, Africa, and also in America, and made a good impression on European general staffs, was it really ready to face a modern army like Prussia's on its own soil?

The uniforms, equipment and weapons of all the Imperial Army corps are presented here with extraordinary uniform plates by Andre Jouineau, the famous illustrator-researcher. The texts are by Jean-Marie Mongin and go well beyond the customary details, delving into the organization and the strength of this formidable force, which quite unpredictably suffered what some people in many ways still consider a humiliating defeat, even today.

Discover the campaign clothes - and the great parade uniforms - of the Cent-Gardes squadron, the Guides, the Cuirassiers at Reichshoffen, the Marsouins at Bazeilles, the Hussars, the Turks, the Zouaves, but also that terrible year's 'Moblots' (conscripts), the heroes of Bourbaki's army, and the volunteers of the last months of this war which was, when all is said and done, a foundational conflict. This volume is for the uniform and figurine buffs; it's a small, practical tool, precise, clear, logical and visual. Includes almost 140 uniform plates, maps, and more than 1000 infantry, artillery. and cavalry drawings.1 vol, 0 pgs 2019 FRANCE, HEIMDAL
NEW-hardback, [French text] available late March 2019 ......$58.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-219560 Dockterm D.B. TRIUMPH OF CHAOS: The Russian Civil War 1918-1921 - Volume 2 Deluxe Card Game Triumph of Chaos: The Russian Civil War 1918-1921 Volume 2 Deluxe is a two-player card driven strategic board game wherein the players assume the roles of the Red (Communist Forces) and the White (reactionary forces). This epic conflict resulted in the toppling of three centuries of Romanov rule and its replacement by a totalitarian communist regime. Belligerents included the various Russian republics, anarchist and independence movements, adherents of the old regime, foreign contingents of volunteers and the overt intervention of the Major Powers.

Originally published in 2005, Volume 2 enhanced the game to provide more Social Revolutionaries, eastern warlords, and a gaggle of obscure personalities and entities, a bigger map (enlarged 40% and including the Trans Siberian rail line all the way to Vladivostok), better play aids and redesigned cards (setting the stage for more player angst).

The basic structure of the original game is still there with three phases to a turn: Political (players compete to push or pull fractions to their side), Action (players alternate playing cards to move, fight, enact events and build up their armies) and Logistics (replacements and a variety of new intriguing game mechanics).

Contents: A beautiful 44x34-inch double map, 220 cards (action, leader, political decks), three sheets of counters (including approximately 400 military units, 40+ leaders and a bundle of other game tokens), rulebook and supplement, very helpful play aids, and few game bits (wood and dice).1 vol, 1 pgs 2019 US, CLASH OF ARMS
NEW-softcover, available mid March 2019 ......$120.00 DISCOUNT:10% rct

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1-COM1064 Bomba, Ty STALIN'S WORLD WAR III: Wargame Stalin's World War III is a two game package: Volume 1 - Operation Pincher & The Soviet Offensive in Europe; Volume 2 - Operation Sandown & The Soviet Offensive in the Mid-East.

This is an alternative history monster-size wargame, designed by Ty Bomba, intended to investigate the strategic parameters that would've been in place during the first 10 weeks of operations had that dictator lived long enough to put in motion one of his many plans to start a global conflict in 1953. Had he lived, the most likely start date would've been one coinciding with the signing of the Korean War armistice in July, in order to achieve maximum surprise.

Each two-map volume can be played separately by one to four players or they can both be combined into on Grand Campaign Scenario covering all four maps.

Volume 1's twin-maps (34x33-inch) cover Europe from the East German-Polish border south to Belgrade and Sarajevo and west through Rome to France's Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts. Each hexagon represents 20 miles (32.4 km). Volume 2's twin-maps (34x44-inch) cover the Mid-East from Ankara in the northwest to Tehran in the northeast, and south from there to Kuwait City and Suez. Again, each hexagon represents 20 miles (32.4 km).

Product Information:
* Complexity: 6 out of 10
* Solitaire Suitability: 8 out of 10
* Time Scale: 10 one-week turns
* Map Scale: 20 miles (32.4 km) per hex on all maps
* Units of Maneuver: regiments, brigades, divisions, corps, and armies
* Players: one, two, three, or four
* Playing Time: three to five hours1 vol, 1 pgs 2019 US, COMPASS GAMES
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1-219660 Plowman, Jeffrey GREECE 1941: The Death Throes of Blitzkrieg This new study of the campaign in Greece in 1941 looks at the effectiveness of Blitzkrieg operations. The Germans overran Greece in three weeks, but the author claims that at no time did the Germans gain ascendancy over the token British and Anzac force sent to bolster the Greek defenders. They came close to doing so, but the Anzac troops and their Greek allies put up a spirited defense that sometimes turned the Germans' own methods against them.

This perceptive new account should prompt a reassessment of the Greek campaign. It also offers a fascinating insight into the weaknesses of the Germans' all-conquering method of warfare which became increasing apparent during the later stages of the war.1 vol, 240 pgs 2019 UK, PEN & SWORD
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