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Weasel08 Feb 2017 1:14 p.m. PST

This might be a tall order but any one or two book recommendations specifically for the military aspects of the 30 years wars?

Ideally something that both covers basic tactics, equipment and the various battles?

I guess what I am after is a thirty years equivalent to the Napoleonic sourcebook or some such.

nickinsomerset08 Feb 2017 2:17 p.m. PST

Waiting for Daniel S to finish his book,

Tally Ho!

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2017 2:24 p.m. PST

I have found nothing better than "European Weapons and Warfare 1618-1648 by Eduard Wagner" Octopus Books, ISBN: 0 7064 1072 6 Printed in 1979. Every page is illustrated in color showing things from how they fought with swords, polearms, how they moved cannon up steep cliffs, fortifications, sieges, etc. Cavalry and infantry formations are especially well done in graphic descriptions and explainations of tercios and infany formations as well. Laced with useful snippets of famous people as well.

Hope you can find a copy. IIRC, it was recently reprinted and in the discount bins of Barnes and Nobel (about 2 years ago?


Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2017 2:43 p.m. PST

Ivan. Do you have a set of rules in mind?


DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2017 2:49 p.m. PST

Amazon has them new and used


Weasel08 Feb 2017 3:14 p.m. PST

That sounds fantastically like what I am looking for. Thanks!

Tom. To write or to play?

No to the former but I'd like to some day.
For the latter, probably just going to mess with the rules from Warlord games a bit.

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2017 3:16 p.m. PST

Decent prices IMHO! If you are (or want to be) into the period, this will keep you coming back to it time after time. I have a HC version I got in a trade years ago. Nothing wrong with a SC edition as it should be way cheaper.

Weasel08 Feb 2017 3:19 p.m. PST

The original hardcover seems to go for well over a hundred bucks, so the softcover it is. Very cool.

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2017 3:19 p.m. PST

Thanks, Ivan. It's a period I would like to do one day, but a rehash of ECW just doesn't seem do the period justice. Let me know if you find anything more centralized on the continent.


(P.S. Let me know what you think about this book if you get your hands on a copy.)

Weasel08 Feb 2017 3:25 p.m. PST

I'll give you a shout for sure.

Phillius Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2017 6:50 p.m. PST

Weasel, the Wagner book was recently reprinted by Warlord Games and should be available from them. Soft back of course.

walkabout09 Feb 2017 10:21 p.m. PST

I love how someone is selling a paperback copy in acceptable condition for $5,399.00 USD and still asking for $3.99 USD postage

Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member10 Feb 2017 10:22 a.m. PST

Internet shopping--"it's like a box of chocolates".

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