With more time now to enjoy the Collection, I thought this morning would be a goodtime to set-up a small SYW skirmish.
So on came the troops onto a 6x6 table. I still like this size table, yes, I can do the 18x6 but the smaller table settings are just as good. I remember in the late 70's seeing a demo game on such a table using Peter Gilders AWI collection and I often think back what a great little game it was.
Anyway, back to the scenario. Somewhere in Bohemia a small Prussian force is sent forward only to 'bump' into an Austrian force of a similar number.
It is three years since we published ' A Military Gentleman of the 18th Century '.
At some point in the very near future I will STOP selling the book after three successful years. As we only have 4 copies of the 500 printed available for sale it might be time to put these future valuable copies into storage. Hopefully like a good Vintage Port, in time, they will become more valuable.
I was informed a few days ago that a single copy is now available on the second hand market at £95. So the book has held its price of cost + postage, which is most pleasing for those who purchased the book at a lower price than that mentioned but paid a high postal cost to have it shipped overseas.
For those who purchased AMG of 300 pages and took advantage of the free Pdf's 130 pages, hopefully it was an enjoyable and valued purchase.
As I mentioned on a previous post I have not shown photographs from the book, but as this is an anniversary post I have taken a photograph of the page that Henry Hyde kindly showed in MW with Battlegames, November 2013.
As readers of this blog will have realised, previous months posts are deleted. Trawling through old blog posts can be rather boring. The first entry in 2013, advertising the book is the only long lasting post.
Since the first blog entry, none of the photographs in the AMG book are shown on this Blog.
I have another 200+ photographs unseen on this Blog and not included in the PDF's and it is my intention at some stage to work again with John H. and commit many of them to print. Not a second AMG but a 'best of the rest' photographs taken since the book was published. Loads more figures and regiments have been added during the three years since the book was finished.
In addition, I hope to start a new forum ' Campaign in the Colonies'. This will see France, Spain, Britain and Dutch forces fighting for supremacy.
However, I still have Mollwitz pencilled in for March 2017. Kozludzha, which is Russians vs Ottomans still requires two more Ortas in order to game.
Will this Blog continue after the last book is sold.....YES.
Some years ago, following a series of articles shown on the internet of a campaign that I had completed, an American lady called Marcia contacted me regarding her ancestor who had been mentioned in a number of the engagements. This led to many conversations, emails and paperwork crossing the ‘big pond’.
It soon became apparent that, as a result of our correspondence, we had the material and the background to this character to turn his story into a publication. And so, with Marcia’s blessing, ‘The Travels and Adventures of an Officer of the 18th Century’ was born. The work, which is written as an adventure story, covers the earlier part of his military life.
The second part of the book is an extensive gallery of over 100 pages, including a number of double-page landscapes, allowing many of the models in the collection to be shown separately, along with photographs of other miniatures that are not included within the main story.
The project has taken about seven years, from concept to publication. Figures had to be made and painted, and models constructed to create the period backdrops in keeping with this amazing story. With the help of many friends, I have now completed the book, and it is now available.
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The book has 300 pages, and this first limited edition (of 500 numbered copies) will be produced in large format (305mm by 230mm), on high quality 170gsm silk paper, cased in wibalin over 3mm boards, for a high-value production.
The binding is sewn litho to ensure stylish reproduction and because there are a number of double-page spread photographs. The unique inclusion of two ribbons will allow you the reader to keep an eye on the gallery section whilst at the same time enjoying the main story!
About the Photos
The pictures shown within the text of this webpage are merely "snaps" and do not appear in the book itself. (For an example of the professional photographs within the book, see the picture of the flags at the foot of this page).
Most pages of the book are illustrated with original pen and ink drawings, specially commissioned military artwork, and professional photographs of model soldiers. In total there are more than 500 images throughout the book, covering:
the Russian /Ottoman Wars,
Wars in Western Europe,
the Bavarian Succession,
and the conflict in America, culminating in the Wars with France and Spain.
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Within the book, there are:
full-scale, pitched battles
involving regular troops from the main protagonists of the 18th century world; and irregular troops, from Ottomans to North American Indians.
This book is not for those who want a set of games rules, or a series of "how to" articles; but it is for those collectors who appreciate the fine art of beautiful model soldiers and armies in wonderful settings, including extensively detailed model towns and cities.
How do I acquire the book?
Go to the Book Order tab/button on the navigation bar above, and follow the process on that page, and you will receive the book within just a few days.