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ABBREVIATIONS: dj-dust jacket, biblio-bibliography, b/w-black and white, illust-illustrations, b/c-book club addition.
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1-223150 Singleton, Andy PAINTING WARGAMING FIGURES: WWII in the Desert Andy Singleton has been modeling and painting most of his life and has been a professional commission figure painter for some years now. Here he shares his experience and tips of the trade with those collecting figures for the North African campaigns in WWII. 200 color illustrations

The four main sections of the book cover British, Italian, German and US troops, as well as tips on assembly and painting camouflage uniforms. Each section is divided into three levels of complexity, 'conscript,' 'regular,' and 'elite,' allowing the reader to build up an array of techniques as they gain confidence and experience. The emphasis is on achievable results and practical advice that is applicable to painting units or whole armies for wargaming purposes in a reasonable time frame, not on spectacular individual display pieces.
1 vol, 168 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-908390 various WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue #390 Contains 'How to...' modelling guide

With a theme of 'Assassins and Spies' this issue is full of reviews, articles, and everything you need from the best monthly table top gaming magazine.
1 vol, 116 pgs 2020 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
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1-195039 Hail Caesar Army Lists: Biblical to Early Medieval This volume consolidates Hail Caesar army lists from the dawn of civilization up until the early thirteenth century into a single volume. These army lists bring special rules and army compositions that are not necessarily found within the main Hail Caesar rulebook, thus allowing players to use a list that pertains to their personal collection of miniatures. Within, you'll find no fewer than 123 army lists ranging from around the 30th Century BC up to the early 13th Century AD. Army lists included

Old and Middle Kingdom Egypt
Nubian
Akkad and Sumer
Early Arab Raiders
Early Achaemenid Persian
Early Carthaginian
Hoplite Greek
Thracian
Samnites
Later Hoplite Greek army
Pauravan and Mauryan Indians
Celtiberian
Early German
Maccabean Jewish
Sarmatians
Feudal French
Feudal Germans
Feudal Polish
Early Hungarian
Ayyubid Egyptians
Crusaders
Later Welsh
Teutonic Crusaders
Mongol


1 vol, 160 pgs 2020 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-2231000 Victory at Sea - Battle for the Pacific Victory at Sea is a 1:1800 scale game of naval combat during the Second World War Victory at Sea includes capital ships, aircraft carriers, submarines, aircraft and more, allowing you to play out skirmishes involving single destroyers hunting down merchant men, to the clashing of massive fleets against implacable enemies

The starter set includes 1/1800 scale US and Japanese cruisers and destroyers as they fight for supremacy in the Pacific Ocean

Contents:
A4 Battle of the Pacific Rules manual
Die-cut game tokens sheet
15 Warlord Resin model ships:
USS Indianapolis 1944
USS Northampton 1942
USS Chicago 1942
Mogami 1939
Kumano 1944
Furutaka 1939
Fubuki-class Destroyer x3
Fletcher-class Destroyer x 6
Ship Cards and damage sliders x 15
Ten-sided dice x 4
Six-sided dice x 12
A0 Sea Mat x2

Ships are in Warlord Resin
1 vol, 1 pgs 2020 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-2231000B Victory at Sea - Pre-Order Exclusive Bundles Victory at Sea is a 1:1800 scale game of naval combat during the Second World War Victory at Sea includes capital ships, aircraft carriers, submarines, aircraft and more, allowing you to play out skirmishes involving single destroyers hunting down merchant men, to the clashing of massive fleets against implacable enemies

Bundles Available: All will include Battle for the Pacific- Victory at Sea Starter Game
Either the US Navy, Royal Navy, Kriegsmarine or IJN Fleet Box Set
Either the USS Idaho, HMS Warspite, Bismark or Yamoto Ship
Will include (2) free ships that maybe the USS Arizona or the Altmark or others
since Warlord cannot guarantee which ships.1 vol, 1 pgs 2020 UK, WARLORD GAMES
NEW-box, available mid April 2020 ......$233.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-2231001 Victory at Sea - Royal Navy fleet box Contents:
Eagle-class Carrier - HMS Eagle 1940
King George V-class Battleship - HMS Duke of York 1943
Leander-class cruiser - HMS Neptune 1941
Edinburgh-class cruiser - HMS Belfast 1942
Dido-class cruiser - HMS Dido 1940
Tribal-class Destroyer x3
Torpedo-Bomber Aircraft - Fairey Swordfish x4 flights
Ship Cards and Damage Sliders
Assembly Instructions


Ships are in Resin and Warlord Resin
1 vol, 1 pgs 2020 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-2231002 Victory at Sea - Kriegsmarine fleet box Contents:
Scharnhorst-class Battleship - Scharnhorst 1939
Admiral Hipper -class cruiser - Bl1 vol, 1 pgs 2020 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-2231003 Victory at Sea - US Navy fleet box Contents:
New Mexico-class Battleship - USS New Mexico 1941-42
Essex class Carrier - USS Essex 1944
Northampton-class Cruiser - USS Houston 1940
Northampton -class Cruiser - USS Chester 1941
Portland-class Cruiser - USS Portland 1942
Clemson-class Destroyer x3
Fighter Bomber Aircraft - F4-U Corsair x4 flights
Ship Cards and Damage Sliders
Assembly Instructions

Ships are in Resin and Warlord Resin
1 vol, 1 pgs 2020 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-2231004 Victory at Sea - IJN fleet box Contents:
Kongo -class Battleship Kongo 1941
Shokaku-class Carrier - Zuikaku
Mogami-class Cruiser - Suzuya 1944
Mogami-class Cruiser - Mikuma 1942
Agano-class Cruiser - Yahagi 1943
Kagero-class Destroyer 1941 x3
Fighter Aircraft - Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero x 4 flights
Ship Cards and Damage Sliders
Assembly Instructions

Ships are in Resin and Warlord Resin
1 vol, 1 pgs 2020 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-2231011 Victory at Sea - USS Idaho USS Idaho, the third of three ships of the New Mexico-class of Battleship, was the fourth vessel to bear the name. She was launched in June 1917 and commissioned in March 1919. She was armed with a battery of twelve 14' guns in four turrets and was protected with heavy armour plate (13.5' thick in the main belt).1 vol, 1 pgs 2020 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-2231012 Victory at Sea - Bismark Two Bismarck-class battleships were built for the Kriegsmarine. Bismarck was the first, named for the Chancellor (Otto von Bismarck). The battleship was laid down in July 1936 and launched February 1939. She and her sister ship, Tirpitz, were two of the largest battleships built by any European power, and certainly the largest built by Germany. Whilst the physical power they held was tremendous, they also wreaked psychological havoc amongst the allies. Churchill was determined that the two battleships not be let loose upon the Atlantic.1 vol, 1 pgs 2020 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-2231013 Victory at Sea - Yamato Yamato 'Great Harmony' and her sister ship, Musashi, were constructed shortly before the outbreak of World War II. They were the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever constructed; armed with nine 18.1 inch Type 94 main guns - the largest guns ever mounted on a warship.1 vol, 1 pgs 2020 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-2231014 Victory at Sea - HMS Warspite HMS Warspite was a Queen Elizabeth-class battleship of the Royal Navy. Built during the early 1910s, she served in the First World War, including at the Battle of Jutland. Modernized in the 1930s, she went on to serve in the Second World War.1 vol, 1 pgs 2020 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-223100 Blake, Mike BLOOD AND VALOR A notable difference to Blood & Valor is the unique initiative system. Each round, players simultaneously and secretly bid points in order to determine who will act first. Strong forces can increase the number of points a player has to bid with, thus giving the player a better chance to act quickly. Players will take this into consideration when building their armies.

As always, our highest priority is historical accuracy and a large range of settings and options to choose from. The scope of this game is not limited to the western front! These rules allow for battlefields set in the Alps of northern Italy, the open spaces of the eastern front, the Gallipoli peninsula, and much more. The choice is up to you and your imagination.
1 vol, 156 pgs 2017 US, FIRELOCK GAMES
NEW-hardback, available late March 2020 ......$35.00 rct

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1-BRIG368 Bunde, Peter 368: Kingdom of Wurttemberg: Mounted Jaeger Regiment K Another in the terrific series. Uniform plate with 20+ color figures, flags or standards, facings, etc. Descriptions on reverse side.1 vol, 1 pgs 2020 GERMANY, PETER BUNDE
NEW-pb, available late March 2020 ......$14.00 rct

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1-BRIG369 Bunde, Peter 369: Kingdom of Prussia: Infantry Regiment No.8 1806 Another in the terrific series. Uniform plate with 20+ color figures, flags or standards, facings, etc. Descriptions on reverse side.1 vol, 1 pgs 2020 GERMANY, PETER BUNDE
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1-223140 Lagos, Constantinos and Katyanos, Fotis Who Really Won the Battle of Marathon? - A bold re-appraisal of one of history's most famous battles The Battle of Marathon in 490 BC, where an Athenian-led Greek force defeated a Persian invasion, is one of the most decisive battles in Antiquity and has been studied for centuries. It is famed as a triumph of the Greek hoplite heavy infantry phalanx against massively superior Persian numbers. But this exciting re-assessment of the evidence, including new archaeological findings, overturns many long-held assumptions. In particular the authors argue that the Greek numerical inferiority was less marked than previously thought, largely because the hoplites were accompanied by many light infantrymen who are given unprecedented credit for their role in the fighting. The contribution of these poorer citizens, it is argued, led to the immediate strengthening of democracy in Athens.

The authors also tackle the much-debated mystery of the whereabouts of the Persian cavalry, generally thought to have been absent on the day of battle. Their bold answer is that it was not only present but played a central role in the fighting. However, the Greeks managed to defeat the Persian cavalry by their ingenious use of the terrain. Karyanos and Lagos also claim to have located the site of the Greek camp. This thoroughly researched and compelling re-assessment is an exciting new take on this justly famous event.
1 vol, 320 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-954135 Various ANCIENT WARFARE: Volume 13.5 Ancient mercenaries for hire Theme: Ancient mercenaries for hire
Murray Dahm, 'Mercenaries in the ancient world - Soldiers for hire'.
Sean Manning, 'The Amathus Bowl, ca. 700 BC - World of mercenaries'.
Marc DeSantis, 'The 250 BC Siege of Lilybaeum - Defying Rome'.
Sean Manning, 'The Achaemenid Empire's Jewish soldiers - Serving the Great King'.
Nicholas D. Cross, 'Sparta's mercenaries in the 4th century BC - Hiring the legend'.
Nicholas L. Wright, 'Mercenary pay and the risk of forgery - Provincial profiteering'.

Features:
Murray Dahm, 'Roman military fibulae and what they can tell us - The meanest of things'.
Ross Cowan, 'Dreams and visions in the Roman military - Views of the supernatural'.
Viktor Konczi, 'Psyops techniques in Republican Rome - Manipulating the mind'.
Duncan B. Campbell, 'How were hungry soldiers fed - The Roman army's diet'.
Tacticus, 'Techn1 vol, 84 pgs 2020 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-223130 Abram, Andrew More Like Lions than Men - Sir William Brereton and the Cheshire Army of Parliament, 1642-46 Based on primary archival research (much of which remains unpublished), supported by fieldtrips to battlefields and castles, More Like Lions than Men represents the first focused and sustained study of the recruitment, organisation, payment, equipping, leadership and war service of the forces raised and maintained in the service of parliament in Cheshire between 1642 and 1646. The Cheshire army of parliament was commanded by the devout, energetic and strategically astute Sir William Brereton, MP for the county. 33 b/w photos/ills, 3 maps, 16pp color plates

As a important 'regional' force it undertook the extended war aims and strategy of the parliament in Cheshire (and in particular, its primary objective, the reduction and capture of the royalist stronghold of Chester). Led and trained by a number of officers of experience and ability (including Michael Jones, Robert Venables, and some professional soldiers, such as James Lothian), it often operated in conjunction with other forces and under various regional commands throughout the northwest, as well as the Midland counties, North Wales, Lancashire and Yorkshire, wherein its troops and companies served together or were 'brigaded' with others. These were bolstered in 1644 by the absorption of high quality, veteran troops of Charles I's army in Ireland, who had been captured at Nantwich and Liverpool.

Cheshire and the northwest were no backwaters during the first civil war, and on occasion Brereton's forces became embroiled in events of a more national complexion, such as the landing of the royalist army from Ireland in late 1643, the advance of Prince Rupert through the Welsh Marches, Cheshire and Lancashire during the summer of 1644, and the arrival of Charles I in a temporary relief of Chester 1645.Like other parliamentarian forces, the Cheshire troops were noted for their religious fervour, partly in that they were raised, shaped, motivated and led by radical independent and Presbyterian officers, as well as godly ministers. Yet despite its effectiveness and military experience, parts of the army suffered from pay arrears and subsequent mutinies, as well as organisational problems that stretched resources, and at points created breakdowns in discipline and moral. Moreover, Sir William Brereton's authority as commander-in-chief in Cheshire came under threat in 1645 in the form of divergent war aims and rivalries among subordinates.

1 vol, 402 pgs 2020 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-223160 Duffy, Christopher INSTRUMENT OF WAR V1: The Austrian Army in the SYW How did an 18th Century army work? This book is the most important examination of such an army yet done, written by the premier military historian of the era. 72 b/w ills, 6 b/w maps, 3 diags, numerous tables & graphs

Maria Theresa had seen her inheritance almost lost to unprovoked attacks from her neighbors. Her army had stood by her then, and was now trying desperately to improve, as it had to face Frederick the Great, the master-soldier of the era. But she and her ministers soon faced the dilemma of how to fight a war without sacrificing what they were fighting for.

The structure of the army, the life of its soldiers, its strengths and weaknesses, the personalities that gave it such a unique character, from top to bottom, are all considered. Not only is the Austria of Maria Theresa examined, but fascinating views appear of Prussian opponents and French, Swedish and Russian armies. Efforts were made to reshape the army, the state, and the world of diplomacy. Maria Theresa wanted to be a mother to her army, to serve it as faithfully as it served her. This is a study of what problems they faced.

The army and its needs affected all around it. Conscription, taxation, constitutional change, bureaucracy, logistics, all of these dominated countries that never witnessed a campaign. To most of the inhabitants of Central Europe the army was the state, and their lives cannot be understood without examining it. Conscription tells us much about the homelands of the soldiers - the languages they spoke, the professions they served, their willingness to serve what to many was an alien monarch. The army provides an important view of 18th Century Bohemia, Hungary, Croatia, Lombardy, Belgium and Austria. Even the distant Irish played an important role in this army.

But this is no dry commentary. The 18th Century is brought to life not only in the words of Christopher Duffy, but also of the perceptive diplomat Kaunitz, experienced generals like Daun and Loudon, Prussian spies and foreign attaches, a cynical Belgian prince and a young Italian officer, and many others. Their firsthand accounts explain the successes and failures of Austria at war.

The battles and campaigns of the Seven Years War cannot be understood without knowledge of the instruments necessary to conduct such a war. Every serious military historian should read this book.
1 vol, 608 pgs 2020 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-COM1099 Moeller, Christopher Napoleon's Eagles The events of Autumn 1812 to Autumn 1813 marked a pivot point in the history of 19th Century Europe. Despite ominous setbacks in Spain, Napoleonic France before 1812 was at the height of its expansion. The continental system was holding, if imperfectly. Monarchs friendly to the Empire (several, members of Napoleon's immediate family), ruled in every capital of the continent. Only Britain remained unbowed. By the end of 1813 the story had changed dramatically.

Napoleon's Eagles is a highly playable, action-packed card game set during the wars of 19th Century Europe. Two battles are featured: Borodino, the sanguinary clash before the gates of Moscow featured in Tolstoy's famous novel War and Peace, and Leipzig, the great 'Battle of Nations' which marked the beginning of the end of the French Empire.

Two smaller battles are included (Shevardino and Lieberwolkwitz), as well as two campaign games that cover multiple days of battle: September 5th-7th, 1812 at Borodino and October 14th-18th, 1813 at Leipzig. The game includes rules for cavalry charges, artillery bombardment, army morale and army commanders. Emphasis is placed on the role of reserves and the judicial commitment of infantry and cavalry. Key terrain pieces are featured, such as the city of Leipzig and the famous Great Redoubt at Borodino.

Product information
Complexity: 5 out of 10
Solitaire Suitability: Low (card-driven game)
Time Scale: abstract (one full day of battle is 6 turns)
Unit Scale: Infantry and Cavalry Corps
Players: Two
Playing Time: 30 to 90 minutes; 4 hours for large campaign
Designer: Christopher Moeller


Components
225 Poker-sized cards which include 89 Unit Cards, 32 Terrain and Info Cards, and 104 Playing Cards
Two Player Aid Cards
Three Scenario Set-up Cards
One Rules and Scenario Book
1 Box and Lid set
1 vol, 1 pgs 2020 US, COMPASS GAMES
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1-914150 various VAE VICTIS # 150: Bautzen 1813 Boardgames

Stalingrad '42
Fortress Europa
Kernstown
Command & Colors Medieval
Tinian
Black Orchestra
Front Toward Ennemy
Civilisation of the Inner Sea
Soleil Noir
Fate of the Reiter


Scenarios
Advanced Squad Leader
Memory 44
What a Tanker

Miniatures

Le si1 vol, 84 pgs 2020 FRANCE, CERIGO EDITIONS
NEW-pb, available late February 2020 ......$26.00 rct

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1-223120 Prefer, Nathan The Conquering 9th - The Ninth U.S. Army in World War II The Ninth Army came into existence in May 1944, under the command of General William Hood Simpson, himself a rather unknown but highly successful ground commander. By late August, the Ninth Army was ready to join the crusade in Europe. Known by its radio call sign 'Conquer,' they landed at Utah Beach, France, on August 28 and 29. They were now at war and ready for their first assignment. It entered the fray in Brittany, taking over from the Third Army. The biggest port in Brittany was Brest, and operations to capture it began mid-August, with the Ninth Army completing what General Patton had begun by late September. 25 images and maps

The Ninth Army then moved to the Siegfried Line alongside the First Army. After some inter-army political maneuvering, it was moved to the north flank of the American lines and was the only American army to fight under British Field Marshal Montgomery's command for several months, until the Rhine River was crossed, playing a small supportive role in the Battle of the Bulge.

It went on to be involved in the reduction of the Wesel Pocket in cooperation with the British; the Rhine Crossing, including Operation Varsity, the airborne drop across the Rhine, the reduction of the Ruhr Pocket, and then the 'Race to Berlin.' The Ninth reached the Elbe River before it was stopped not by the enemy, but by high command. Following the end of hostilities the army was eventually dissolved, and the book covers the dissolution and the subsequent fate of some of its leaders.

This new history of the Ninth places the contribution of this unsung army into a full history of the war in Europe in 1944-45. It covers all levels of the army's activities from the responsibilities and duties of the higher echelon, the commanders through to combat stories of the units under its command and Medal of Honor actions.
1 vol, 264 pgs 2020 US, CASEMATE
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