After a brief break over Christmas from my ancients project. Painting of Romans began again last week. The first 3 of some 20 planned Roman units are completed and based.
|Work begins on the Roman units. All figures are HaT.|
Back in December 2020 Nundanket on the Horse and Musket Gaming blog posted about three books which had a major impact on his wargaming. See link below...
This got me wondering which three books would I chose, and what was the reason for them being influential to my wargaming.
The first book on my list is "Introduction to Battle Gaming" by Terry Wise.
|The first wargaming book I ever owned and I still have the book.|
In a sense the first wargaming book you read is in most cases going to be influential. I my case it was this book, and I still have the book in my library. It was a present from my Mother when I was 11 or 12 years old. What made it so captivating, other than the idea of moving toy soldiers around with a defined set of rules, was all the photographs of the games and figure conversions were using Airfix figures. I already had a number of Airfix figures and model kits, and they were affordable with my pocket money and readily available at the local toyshop and model shop.
The second book selected is "One-Hour Wargames" by Neil Thomas
|Get me back into wargaming|
I purchased this book in 2015 and got me back into wargaming with its pared back rule approach, gaming with a small number of units, and 30 scenarios. Prior to this book I had given wargaming a miss for some 25 years with the exception of an occasional Warhammer 40K game with my son. The complexity of wargaming rules of the 1980's had turned me off the gaming side of the hobby and I had retreated to the occasional modelling and painting project. Moving countries and having a young family also meant my focus was elsewhere.
After reading this book and enjoying the approach to wargaming rules. I finally, after some 35 years, finished painting my old Peter Laing WW1 and AWI armies and got them onto the tabletop. Since then I have slowly increased the periods I wargame.
My third book is "War Game Campaigns" by Donald Featherstone.
|The source of many campaign ideas.|
The third choice was a book I remember getting repeatedly on loan from the local library in my youth. However, it is a book I have appreciated more in recent years after returning to historical wargaming and becoming interested in stringing together a series of wargames into a campaign. It is a book with many suggestions which I enjoy re-reading and 19 campaign ideas for various war-gaming periods.