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GlacierMI27 Oct 2005 9:15 a.m. PST

I am interested in purchasing a nice uniform/information guide for the Dutch Armies under William III in the War of the Spanish Succession. I seemed to have found the following three volumes. Can anyone recommend them, or something better?

The Dutch Army of William III, Sapherson, Soft cover, 72 pages.

WARGAMERS INTRODUCTION TO THE AGE OF MARLBOROUGH, Condray, Packed with uniform detail, flags & standards etc. Covers the French, Dutch, Austrian & British. 1 vol, 40 pgs 1988 VA, EDITIONS BROKAW

Ahrnfelt, Thomas GA PA:ARMY LISTS 1 vol, 67 pgs 2001

basileus6627 Oct 2005 10:02 a.m. PST

Look the last volumes on WSS from Partizan Press. They are 'uniform friendly'


YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2005 11:08 a.m. PST

The GaPa volume is very informative, but doesn't have enough info on any one army to be valuable for that purpose. I think anyone interested in the period generally could benefit from volume.

John Armatys27 Oct 2005 11:24 a.m. PST

Sapherson's booklet was written in the late 80s, and covers 1688 to 1702. I wouldn't describe it as "nice", it is DIY publishing through Raider Games (which he was a partner in). Useful material, but early period only.

I have three editions of Condray's Wargamers Introduction:
1985 – 26 pages, very badly produced, but good material for the time
1988 second edition – 40 pages, better printed, good material, but DIY (several type faces used, most rather small)
1997 third edition – 48 pages, more professional production, with some colour pictures on the covers,
although the type is small and a bit difficult to read (an age thing!).

I'd look out for the third (or any later) edition of Condray rather than buy the second edition unless someone can recommend a more modern (and better) book.

RudyNelson27 Oct 2005 12:28 p.m. PST

I agree with Condray assortment. Always a lot of titles at conventions. I am also trying to get him to write a title on that era for the Crimson Publishing effort.

Napoleon III Inactive Member27 Oct 2005 12:49 p.m. PST

@ GlacierMI : You might also want to try to track down a copy of the Nov., 2001 issue of "Wargames Illustrated" magazine (Issue #170). It contains a really useful article on the Dutch Infantry of William III's army by master-painted (and Marlburian guru!) Mark Allen. Very "user-friendly", with colour sketches of many of the uniforms, headgear, etc., (even several flags!) of the Dutch foot regiments. I don't know if there was an accompanying issue that covered the cavalry or not. It synthesizes alot of the available info for you. Highly recommended!

Between that and the 3rd edtition Condray booklet you should be pretty well covered. I don't have Sapherson or the GaPa lists, so I don't know if they would add anything to the info you'd need, but I doubt it. Best of luck!

Mark S Inactive Member27 Oct 2005 1:18 p.m. PST


For Dutch uniforms there is a CD rom, by far the best info on this army I have it, available UK from Baccus miniatures, USA Dan Schoor do not know site address but link on afore mantioned, best small booklet is one by Sapherson try Partizan press. Also think there is a link on the Ga PA site this source is more a rule book and army list than a uniform guide, good rules though in my opinion.

Napoleon III Inactive Member27 Oct 2005 2:40 p.m. PST

Oops! Almost forgot! In addition to the Dan Schoor CD Mark S mentioned above (I don't have it, but I've heard good things about it!), there are also some online resources you maight want to check out for free.

The Baccus website has some great painting guides, including several for the WSS, here: link

Their guide to the Dutch infantry specifically is here: link
and the Dutch cavalry here: link

All very helpful! Again, a good synthesis of the info that is available, so you may not need to buy many booklets (although they are great for the additional details!

Another great page on the Dutch is here: link

Mostly infantry. Some horse and dragoons. Fantastic artwork, including flags you can just copy and print right from the page! You'll need to be able to read a little French to make best use of the page, but a French/English dictionary (or an online translation site), should serve you well if that's a problem. Definitely worth checking out!

GlacierMI29 Oct 2005 9:40 a.m. PST

thank you all for your valuable insight and information

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