A must-have book for wargamers, but highly desirable for a wider readership. This is well-written and lavishly illustrated guide book that provides important tips for painting wargaming figures, but also for larger display figures – Highly Recommended
NAME: Painting Wargaming Figures, WWII in the Desert FILE: R2936 AUTHOR: Andy Singleton PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword BINDING: soft back PAGES: 157 PRICE: £14.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, North Africa, 8th Army, 7th Armoured Division, war gaming, display figures, metal models, plastic models, soft plastic models, paint techniques, scale model vehicles
IMAGE: B2936.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/yxg4tbbz LINKS: DESCRIPTION: A must-have book for wargamers, but highly desirable for a wider readership. This is well-written and lavishly illustrated guide book that provides important tips for painting wargaming figures, but also for larger display figures – Highly Recommended The wargaming hobby goes back into ancient history. In its modern form it continues to attract a growing number of enthusiasts, even though the reducing costs of high performance computers and simulation software provides serious competition. There are however some big differences between the two forms of simulated combat and many enthusiasts will follow both options because the experiences are complimentary. Computer wargaming started with closed gaming on a single machine but has now expanded into on-line gaming where enthusiasts can join a war game with others scattered across the World. It is already migrating into true virtual reality gaming where the images are approaching the level of filmed people. What it does not do is provide the rich functionality of planning tabletop battles with scale model figures, vehicles and equipment, resembling more closely a chess game, where detailed knowledge, gained from painstaking research, is combined with strategies and tactics. A key element of wargaming is the acquisition of accurate figures and equipment, together with the construction of accurate scale dioramas. Anyone developing an interest in wargaming can purchase completed figures and other items from specialist retailers and from auctions, but it is clear that many wargamers find the completion of these items an important part of the hobby and a source of interest and satisfaction. This book provides a very nicely written advisory with many tips for the modeller. Although the book deals primarily with painting WWII Desert figures, it also includes matching scale models. The book concludes with a list of suppliers which is extensive but, perhaps, not fully comprehensive because some wargamers augment their incomes but producing very small numbers of specialist subjects for other wargamers. The mainline suppliers often offer a wide range of figures in metal and in both soft and hard plastic. The level of assembly can vary with some suppliers offering kits of many parts and other providing fairly complete figures. Most of these require painting and also offer scope for modification. Model soldiers have always held a fascination for collectors. Typically this type of modelling is based on larger scale sizes, where the collection develops in a relatively narrow field, such as single models of soldiers from all of the units engaged in the Battle of Waterloo. Although this is a different hobby from the one directly addressed by this book, the techniques of painting can be successfully applied to exhibit figures which may form part of a diorama that centres on one or more military vehicles.