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War Games Through the Ages Vol. 1 3000 BC -…

War Games Through the Ages Vol. 1 3000 BC - 1500 AD

by Donald F. Featherstone

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This is another of the several wargaming books by Donald Featherstone, the leading British tabletop wargaming writer of his time (1960s-70s). This book describes the armies of a series of national or ethnic groups from 3000 BC to 1500 AD, beginning with the Sumerians and ancient Egyptians ad ending with the Swiss, the Hundred Years War, and the mercenaries of the late middle ages. Each army is described in terms of its weapons, formations and tactics, thumbnail account of major battles, and a statistical chart rating its strengths in numerical scores which may be somewhat arbitrary but allow comparisons between armies across time. There is also an appendix listing the miniature figures for less armies available as of that time --now mostly obsolete-- and a brief bibliography of books which have pictures of the armies --now largely superseded by the Osprey series. ( )
  antiquary | Sep 21, 2017 |
Featherstone remains a driving genius behind this wonderful little hobby. Even 35 years after this book's publication, and many changes in ancient miniature gaming, Featherstone's efforts to quantify the abilities of historical armies retains relevance. An interesting if a bit out-dated reference for the miniature wargamer and those interested in ancient or medieval warfare. ( )
  ksmyth | Nov 12, 2007 |
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