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The Last Conformist04 Sep 2023 3:57 a.m. PST

Osprey has two titles I can find about pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, Warrior 32 Aztec Warrior and Men-at-Armes 239 Aztec, Mixtex and Zapotec Armies. There's also two Conquistador titles that deal to some extent with the natives, Warrior 40 The Conquistador and Men-at-Arms 101 The Conquistadores.

Is there anything else in a similar vein out there that I've missed?

Griefbringer04 Sep 2023 5:03 a.m. PST

Foundry Publications in the late 90's put out two volumes of Ian Heath's "Armies of the 16th Century" series, and the second one of these focused in American continents circa 1450-1600. Lots of material, though only part of it focused on the Mesoamerican area.

Might be a bit tricky to find these days, since Foundry sold off their remaining stock at discount years ago.

Deucey Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2023 9:26 p.m. PST

Ian Heath's book is worth searching for. It's complete beyond anything you could expect. Try libraries.

That guy was a great author btw.

Griefbringer04 Sep 2023 11:51 p.m. PST

I checked my copy of Ian Heath's book, and there is almost 60 pages on Mesoamerica alone, and that is with really lots of text per page. There is also a decent number of black and white illustrations of the various kinds of warriors.

The name of the book is a bit of a moouthful, being "Armies of the Aztec and Inca Empires, Other Native Peoples of the Americas, and the Conquistadores".

The Last Conformist05 Sep 2023 5:10 a.m. PST

Thanks :)

I see that used copies are available but go for a pretty penny.

Griefbringer05 Sep 2023 5:26 a.m. PST

I was lucky to buy my copy of Ian Heath's book back in the day when Foundry was emptying out their remaining stock at discount.

If you can find a used copy at a remotely reasonable price, I would suggest investing. The book contains more text (of generally high quality) than a small stack of Ospreys – though there won't be any colour plates or photographs contained within.

As for Osprey, IIRC they at some point did a compilation book ("Conquest of Mexico"?) that put together three or four thinner books and was sold at an affordable price, but I am not aware of it having been easily available lately.

Deucey Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2023 10:34 a.m. PST

Ian Heath is worth more than every osprey book on the subject combined.

I have them. I know!

Atheling11 Sep 2023 3:35 a.m. PST

I think Ian Heath's Armies of the 16th Century, Aztecs etc is available on kindle now.

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The Last Conformist18 Sep 2023 6:48 a.m. PST

Yes, there's a Kindle edition:

It's not really the type of book I want to be reading on an e-reader, but the price is certainly easier on the ol' wallet.

Marcus Brutus19 Sep 2023 8:50 p.m. PST

This book is on Scribd. Sign up for a free 30 day trial and then download the book and print it. All free.

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