Osprey Publishing has just released three new books that might interest the wargamer, military modeler, and dioramist. They kindly sent me review copies of the new titles. Here are my quick takes on each.
Painting and Finishing Techniques: Typical of Osprey’s books for military miniature enthusiasts and wargaming hobbyists, this book offers several full color plates and illustrations, and is chock full of tips, advice, and lessons learned from some of the finest painters of military miniatures, model airplanes & tanks, vehicles, etc. It goes through set-up, tools, work spaces, painting tips, weathering, dry brushing, detailing, highlighting, shading and various other tips that are of great value to the novice painter, and even can help more experienced veteran painters and modelers. Well worth a look if you are into model military machines.
Hatamoto: Samurai Horse and Foot Guards 1540-1724: Hatamoto is typical of Osprey Publishing’s Elite series of titles. Lavishly illustrated (as usual) by English artist Richard Hook and written by Dr. Stephen Turnbull, the book gives a very nice overview of the Hatamoto, who were Samurai warriors in the 16th through the 18th centuries. Turnbull has drawn from his tremendous knowledge of Japanese history, culture, and customs to research and write a compelling overview that is certain to add to the casual reader’s understanding of this legendary group of warriors. Hook’s illustrations are colorful, vivid, and useful for wargamers wishing to recreate the period on the miniature battlefield. This book will be a useful addition to the bookshelves of gamers and modelers, as well as those military buffs looking for something out of the ordinary. Well done in Osprey’s usual style!
Pike and Shot Tactics 1590-1660: Keith Roberts presents a very useful overview of the typical battlefield small unit and large army tactics employed by generals and commanders during the war-torn pike and musket period of the late 16th century through the late 17th century. Well illustrated by Adam Hook, the book is typical of recent fine efforts of the Osprey Elite series, and is a fine addition to the bookshelves of miniature wargamers in particular, as well as to anyone wanting a good overview of European military tactics from the period.
All three books are available on amazon.com and of course a few dealers will be carrying them at Historicon and other similar major wargaming conventions, as well as at most leading military hobby stores and shops.
Look for them wherever Osprey books are sold!