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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-WGAFRB5 Priestley, Rick

BEYOND THE GATES OF ANTARES: Freeborn Mhagris Feral Squad
The Freeborn are great merchants, traveling between worlds and civilizations, exploring for new worlds and races, and always looking out for new opportunities to rise in wealth and power amongst the peoples of Antarean space. And power itself is a commodity that they are more than willing to trade!

The Freeborn can supply weapons and technology to those who have need of it - or complete armies and fleets if the price is right! From a small continent of fighters to vast hordes - the Freeborn can facilitate the dreams of any would-be conqueror, or perhaps fulfill the desperate need of those faced with annihilation by forces beyond their power to resist.

To ensure a continuous supply of troops the Freeborn recruit savages from feral, degenerate or primitive worlds before training and equipping them ready for sale to the customer.

The Feral squad is typical of these war-like savages. They are armed with relatively simple and cheaply made mag weapons that spray splinters of metal at their target. Each squad includes a magnetic X-launcher, which can hurl shot over the heads of enemies and drive targets from cover.

Feral troops wear a version of the typical Freeborn undersuit. In their case this often a second-hand or surplus example, and many troopers cut down their suits to afford more freedom of movement. It is very common for these degenerates to wear tribal marking, warpaint, or primitive decorations that hark back to their savage origins.

Contains the following metal models:
* 1 Feral leader with mag gun
* 4 Feral Fighters with mag guns
* 1 Feral Fighters with micro X-launcher
* 1 Beyond the Gates of Antares Orders Dice1 vol, 6 pgs 2015 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-219050 Taylor, David

ARMIES & LEGIONS & HORDES
10,000 miniatures and more! That's how many wargaming models Dave Taylor has painted over the last 27 years. That's dozens of armies, for some of the most popular wargames systems (and some of the most obscure, too!) Some of these have been commissions and others have been personal projects. During that time, he has had a LOT of conversations about the what, why, and how of the inspiration, preparation, and motivation for such large projects.

The book also contains contributions from some of his favorite army painters including: Brandon Palmer from GMM Studios, Ash Barker from Guerrilla Miniature Games, Teri Litorco from That Teri Girl, Mel Bose from The Terrain Tutor, Joel Moon from the Mordian 7th blog, John Cadice from Ninja Division, Brian Carlson from the Brian Carlson Miniatures blog, and John Lyons from Beasts of War.1 vol, 172 pgs 2016 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-908375 various

WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue #375 with Cruel Seas PT Boat
Theme: Empire Building

* FOUR CORNERS OF THE WORLD: Rise of Persia under Cyrus the Great
* THE ULTIMATE EMPIRE?: Rise of Roman Empire
* THE PUNISHMENT OF GOD: Representing Genghis Khan and his Mongol hordes on the tabletop.
* MANDEN KURUFABA THE MALIAN EMPIRE: A pre-gunpowder African empire.

Other Articles:

* OBSERVATION POST: News and recap of Crisis show in Antwerp
* PAINTING CRUEL SEAS TORPEDO BOATS: How to paint MTBs, PTs and S-Boats.
* OF SCAFFOLDS AND ALCOHOL BATHS: 4Ground and 3D printing.
* DESIGNER'S NOTES: ALBEDO COMBAT PATROL, ACP164: Buck Surdu's Combat Patrol system meets Steve Gallacci's comics.
* THE RACE ACROSS IDLIB PROVINCE: WWI scenario covers Dunsterforce in Middle East.
* HOW TO MAKE MINES: 1/300th mines for use with Cruel Seas or any other naval wargame.
* THE BATTLE OF OUDENARDE, 1708 - Part 2: 15mm Scenario on the battle of Oudenarde.
* ARNHEM IN ARNHEM: Visiting the Netherlands for on-site Bolt Action games.1 vol, 116 pgs 2018 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
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1-908377 various

WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue # 377 with one free sprue of either: French Chasseurs, Hussars, or Line Lancers Plastic Frames
Theme: Modern Warfare
* Irish Army's Forgotten Battle
* Focus: Eyes and Ears
* Wargaming the First Chechnya War
* Dien Bien Phu
* Modern Warfare Miniatures
* Indo-Pakistan War 1971
* Designer's Showcase -The Zone
* Modern Warfare Rules 92

Other Features:
* Observation Post
* Why I Love Of Gods And Mortals
* Rules Showcase: Warlords of Erehwon
* Three Days in Gettysburg (Part 2)
* Agincourt Mounted Knights -- In Miniature
* How To Make Cruel Seas Wreck Markers
* Battle of Aong, 1857
* Return to Jock's Landing
* Insider Interview: Armies & Legions & Hordes 1 vol, 116 pgs 2019 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
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1-914136 various

VAE VICTIS # 136
Game: Summer of the Boxes

Recreates the siege of the Legations, the great colonial power at the end of the 19th century, in Beijing in the summer of 1900 during the Boxer Rebellion. In this one-player game, the player controls the soldiers who defended the legations against the hordes of Boxers, controlled by an original system that manages their actions and combats. The player's goal is to hold on until the arrival of the rescue column, sent by land to lift the siege.

The map represents the Legation Quarter on a scale of 15cm for 500 meters. A turn represents one day and the same day can be divided into several combat phases that represent the Boxers' assaults. There is no turn counter and a deck of 54 cards must be used; each card drawn represents a day. Nine of the cards are combat cards. Once the phase system has been assimilated, it is simple to use. Plan on 3-4 hours for game play.

Articles - Reviews
* Fields of Despair (GMT)
* Baptism by Fire + Batallion Combat Series (MMP)
* 13 jours (Matagot)
* Hold the Line (PSC Games)
* Urban Operation (Nuts !)
* Blitz, a World in Conflict (Compass Games)
* The Emperor Returns (CoA)

Scenarios
* ASL, Nam 65, M44, Trump's War (pour NW Korea)

Figurines
* Construction d'un fort pour Guerre de Trente Ans
* La prise de flanc a AdG 1re partie
* Skirmish Sanguin
* Rommel
* Assaut a DBP1 vol, 84 pgs 2017 FRANCE, CERIGO EDITIONS
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1-210673 Bollands, Wayne

THE ZONE: The Cold War Turns Hot -- Supplement
Supplement is adapted from the Living on the Front Line: A Winter of '79 Game rules -- Skirmish rules that represent an alternative history of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

In November 1983, the NATO Exercise Able Archer was perceived by the Soviet and Warsaw Pact governments as being the prelude to a full nuclear strike against their nations. Consequently, as NATO blithely carried on 'playing' at war, the Soviets prepared for the real thing. They activated missile batteries, put bombers on standby, and sent ground forces to the East-West German and other borders ready to carry out Operation Seven Days to the Rhine. As the NATO forces called 'end - ex' and began to return to their bases, the specter of full-scale nuclear war receded. The message flashed around the nuclear missile silos, bomber crews stood down and Warsaw Pact nation states began to relax.

However, on the morning of 11 November, a tired, stressed Soviet Armored Division commander makes a fateful decision, prompting a full scale Soviet and Warsaw Pact invasion of West Germany. NATO forces, many of them without live ammunition, are initially overwhelmed. In a desperate attempt to slow the advancing hordes, NATO high command authorizes the use of biological and chemical weapons. Many Soviet military personnel and West German civilians are killed. The Soviets deploy a tactical nuclear weapon in response, with yet more carnage amongst NATO military and German civilians alike. The international outrage leads to the tacit agreement to not use these weapons again. A conventional war ensues, fought over the battered fields, towns and cities of West Germany.1 vol, 56 pgs 2019 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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3-10003 Nik Gaukroger and Terry Shaw

FIELD OF GLORY List 3: Army Lists Book 3 - Early Medieval to Late Medieval 3rd Edition
ARMY LISTS - BOOK 3 is the third book of Field of Glory Companions for Field of Glory 3rd Edition. This fully edited and updated companion provides players with the opportunity to expand their gameplay with a large selection of armies covering the High Medieval period from the 11th to the 15th centuries. While the Crusades raged in the Holy Land, Europe too was torn apart by war, with the kings of France, England and Spain consolidating their power. When the Mongol Hordes were conquering most of Asia and Eastern Europe, the Turks were building their strength in the Middle East. China rose, fell, and rose again while the Samurai became the ruling elite in Japan. Command new troop types, including French knights, English longbowmen, Swiss halberdiers, Hussite war-wagons, Turkish Janissaries, and the Japanese samurai.

From China and Japan, through the Steppes of Asia to the mighty empires of the Middle East and Europe, and even to the distant empires of Mexico and Peru, lead your armies to compete against your opponents and prove that you can rule supreme.

ARMY LISTS - BOOK 3 is a companion to Field of Glory Version 3, the historical miniatures tabletop wargaming rules system for ancient and medieval wargaming. To play the rules you will need a copy of Field of Glory Version 3.1 vol, 152 pgs 2018 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-10011 Scott, Richard Bodley

FIELD OF GLORY -- List 11: Empires of the Dragon
Far East at War. If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and know Earth, you may make your victory complete (Sun Tzu, The Art of War).

Companion book for Field of Glory reveals the secrets of the armies of Asia, from the samurai of Japan and the forces of the Qin to the elephant hordes of India and Thailand. With historical overviews, maps, artwork, and details for hundreds of new troop types, generals now have everything they need to know to command or crush the empires of the Far East. 1 vol, 100 pgs 2009 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-10012 Scott, Richard Bodley

FIELD OF GLORY List 12:Blood and Gold
The Americas at War. Far from the influence of the powers of Europe and Asia, the jungles, plains and mountains of the Americas saw the rise and fall of many mighty empires built upon blood and gold, from the bloodthirsty Aztecs and the bronze-armed Inca to the enigmatic Maya.

This new companion volume for the award-winning Field of Glory table-top wargaming rules, complete with new troop types, historical overviews and supporting maps and specially commissioned artwork, gives players the chance to step into the role of one of the warchiefs of the Americas and command hordes of ferociously brave warriors in the pursuit of slaves, sacrifice and conquest.1 vol, 92 pgs 2009 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-984061 Nossov, Konstantin S and Illust. by Peter Dennis

061 MEDIEVAL RUSSIAN FORTRESSES AD 862-1480
According to Russian legend, in the year AD 862 the Slav tribes of what is now European Russia invited a number of Scandinavian princes to rule over them. However, on the death of these princes, Prince Oleg seized Kiev and united the Northern and Southern Russian territories, building extensive fortifications to protect its borders. The rise of feudalism in the 11th century lead to the development of individual fortified sites and the extended border defenses fell into disrepair.

Consequently, Mongol hordes poured over the border introducing the siege warfare techniques of the East, heavily influencing the fortification styles thereafter. Using a wealth of archeological evidence and first-hand sources, Konstantin Nossov charts the history of the medieval Russian fortress from its early beginnings until the 14th century, paying special attention to the development of one of the most iconic fortifications in the world: the Kremlin.1 vol, 72 pgs 2007 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-970025 Delaitre, Fabrice

LES CHAMPS CATALAUNIQUES 1ER-2 SEPT.451: ATTILA VAINCU DEVANT TROYES
Huns, led by Attila invaded Gaul in 451 and were defeated in the Catalauniques fields. But we know exactly at what time, what (s) location (s) and how the Romain Aetius and barbarian allies inflicted this crushing defeat the wild hordes? Many scholars have tried to reconstruct this clash of titans, which took place under the walls of Troyes. The author realized the synthesis of current work by retaining their most relevant elements and then together, in order to create a coherent and complete picture. 60 color & b/w and illust.1 vol, 88 pgs 2016 FRANCE, HISTORIC ONE
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1-192250 Dougherty, Martin J

Warriors of the World: The Ancient Warrior 300BC - 500 AD
The first book in a new, lavishly illustrated series on the weapons, uniforms, and other key details that defined the world's most legendary warriors

Spanning some 3,500 years of history and moving from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age, Warriors of the World describes the armies that fought on the battlefields of the Classical World. The book shows how the composition of those armies changed as different cultures rose and fell from prominence-such as the peasant levies of the Egyptian Pharaohs, and the well-drilled citizen soldiers of the Roman Republic-and as tactics and technology advanced, allowing better armor and weapons to be used to greater effect in battle.

From the first organized armies of the Ancient Near East to the so-called 'barbarian' hordes of Goths, Huns and other non-Romans who caused the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Warriors of the World explores the development of ancient soldiers and how they fought through the ages. With detailed color illustrations and fact-filled accompanying text, the book is the essential guide for any enthusiast of the period
1 vol, 224 pgs 2010 US, THOMAS DUNN BOOKS
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1-81560 Mahon, Lord intro by Jon Coulston

LIFE OF BELISARIUS, THE
Mahon's biography, the only one on this brilliant Byzantine General who against great odds defeated the Persians, Vandals, Visigoths and other barbarian hordes, biblio, index.1 vol, 256 pgs 2005 US, WESTHOLME PUBLISHING
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1-949036 Various

PRETORIEN # 36
Contents include: L'histoire fourmille d'exemples qui montrent que, quelle que soit son importance, un avantage n'est jamais durablement acquis. Nous avions laisse, dans Pretorien # 34, le puissant roi de Sparte, Agesilas II, au lendemain de ses victoires de Nemee puis de Coronee. Dans un Peloponnese divise, ce grand roi parviendra a confirmer sa domination sur les cites grecques. Mais, helas, la realite finit par prendre le dessus.

Trop peu nombreuse et meme alliee aux autres Argiens, l'armee spartiate ne peut vaincre les puissants hoplites de Thebes. La defaite de Mantinee est la consequence de cette situation. Mais, le beotarque de Thebes etant mort durant l'affrontement, la paix profitera tout de meme a la ville de Sparte. C'est sur le declin de cette ville, desormais affaiblie et isolee, que nous ouvrons cette revue.

Cette regle vaut egalement dans bien d'autres domaines. Par exemple, lors des croisades provoquees, Pretorien l'a deja evoque, par les Byzantins qui craignaient pour leur existence face a la progression des Turcs seldjoukides. Las, la quatrieme croisade se retourne contre Constantinople dont elle chasse la dynastie grecque pour la remplacer par Baudouin Ier, premier empereur latin d'Orient. Un chef-d'oeuvre Deugene Delacroix, disseque dans ce numero, permet de comprendre le sens de cette lutte fratricide tres eloignee de l'enjeu initial des croisades.

Autre nation dominante, les Romains opposaient une organisation parfaitement huilee face aux hordes barbares. Comme ils l'ont fait ailleurs, ils ont bati un mur infranchissable, le formidable limes dont les traces existent encore de nos jours. Le site d'Abusina, situe sur le Danube entre Ingolstadt et Regensburg, montre qu'il etait vain d'esperer contenir la progression des Germains. Les raids ennemis se multipliant, les Romains durent progressivement abandonner la region a partir de la fin du IIIe siecle de notre ere. Pretorien vous presente ce site et l'ingeniosite de ses batisseurs.

Comme nous le faisons regulierement, Pretorien revient sur l'equipement et l'organisation des armees de l'Antiquite en presentant, dans ce numero, le fantassin pretorien du Ier siecle et les suites armees de la meme periode. Paradoxalement, chefs barbares et generaux romains avaient recours aux memes unites d'elite puisees dans les rangs germains. Etrange anecdote qui prend toute sa saveur dans la suite de l'histoire.

Comme il le fait dans chaque numero, Pretorien vous propose a nouveau ses rubriques desormais traditionnelles. Notamment, pour notre page cinema, une evocation de l'admirable film de Laurence Olivier consacre en 1955 au terrible Richard III de Shakespeare. 1 vol, 68 pgs 2015 FRANCE, LCV
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1-200010 Decker, Michael

THE BYZANTINE ART OF WAR
Explores the military history of the thousand-year empire of the eastern Mediterranean, Byzantium. Throughout its history the empire faced a multitude of challenges from foreign invaders seeking to plunder its wealth and to occupy its lands, from the deadly Hunnic hordes of Attila, to the Arab armies of Islam, to the western Crusaders bent on carving out a place in the empire or its former lands.

In order to survive, the Byzantines relied on their army that was for centuries the only standing, professional force in Europe. Leadership provided another key to survival; Byzantine society produced a number of capable strategic thinkers and tacticians-and several brilliant ones. These officers maintained a level of professionalism and organization inherited and adapted from Roman models. The innovations of the Byzantine military reforms of the sixth century included the use of steppe nomad equipment and tactics, the most important of which was the refinement of the Roman mounted archer.

Strategy and tactics evolved in the face of victory and defeat; the shock of the Arab conquests led to a sharp decline in the number and quality of imperial forces. By the eighth and ninth centuries Byzantine commanders mastered the art of the small war, waging guerrilla campaigns, raids, and flying column attacks that injured the enemy but avoided the decisive confrontation the empire was no longer capable of winning. A century later they began the most sustained, glorious military expansion of their history.

This work further sketches the key campaigns, battles, and sieges that illustrate Byzantine military doctrine, vital changes from one era to another, the composition of forces and the major victories and defeats that defined the territory and material well-being of its citizens. Through a summary of their strategies, tactics, and innovations in the tools of war, the book closes with an analysis of the contributions of this remarkable empire to world military history.1 vol, 320 pgs 2012 US, WESTHOLME PUBLISHING
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1-54260 Fritz, Stephan G.

FRONTSOLDATEN:The Gernan Soldier in WWII
Drawn from letters, diaries and memoirs the authordescribes the daily life of the 'Landser' theordinary German Infantryman, notes, bbiblio, index1 vol, 300 pgs 1995 EXINGTON, KENTUCKEY UNIV
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1-197370 Parritt, Brigadier Brian

CHINESE HORDES AND HUMAN WAVES: A Personal Perspective of the Korean War 1950-1953
The North Koreans' attack on their Southern neighbors shocked and surprised the World. The conflict rapidly escalated with China soon heavily involved on one side and the United States and United Nations on the other.

The author, then a young Gunner officer, found himself in the midst of this very nasty war. He describes first hand what it was like to be at the infamous Battle of the Hook, where UN troops held off massed attacks by the Communists. Few outside the war zone realized just how horrific conditions were.

As a qualified Chinese interpreter and, later, a senior military intelligence officer, Parritt is well placed to analyze why the Commonwealth got involved, the mistakes and successes and the extreme risk that the war represented. This is not only a fine memoir but a unique insight into a forgotten war.1 vol, 224 pgs 2011 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-207450 Parritt, Brigadier Brian CBE CNI

CHINESE HORDES AND HUMAN WAVES: A Personal Perspective of the Korean War 1950-1953
The North Koreans' attack on their Southern neighbors shocked and surprised the World. The conflict rapidly escalated with China soon heavily involved on one side and the United States and United Nations on the other.

The author, then a young Gunner officer, found himself in the midst of this very nasty war. He describes first hand what it was like to be at the infamous Battle of the Hook, where UN troops held off massed attacks by the Communists. Few outside the war zone realized just how horrific conditions were.

As a qualified Chinese interpreter and, later, a senior military intelligence officer, Parritt is well placed to analyze why the Commonwealth got involved, the mistakes and successes and the extreme risk that the war represented.

This is not only a fine memoir but a unique insight into a forgotten war.1 vol, 224 pgs 2014 UK, PEN & SWORD
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