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Title: Books
Post by: willie on October 17, 2013, 10:19:45 PM
 Once again it is October and most of the shows are done and now we begin to look towards Christmass . Over the few months I have gotten some very interesting books. But before I start this let me take a moment to explane a few things. I enjoy buying books and writing them up for this forum. Most of them are on uniforms and a few on military History, Art, Aircraft and Ships. If I can help someone in getting the right book for his painting then I have done my job. I am not an expert but one who keeps on learning every time I pick up a new book. Second there is no such thing as the all knowing book on this subject, some are better then others. Third there are books priced for every taste. There was one member who said how luck we where to have all these book. I can remember when I first started out and it took a lot of time to get here and you can do the same thing. Also it helps when you have a loving wife who goes along with you even when she thinks all you get them for is the color pictures.  So lets get started.
            Historie & Collections
           1.Germany in Uniform By Paul Gaujac. From Reichswehr  to Wehrmacht.  A paper back book with a lot of  Knotel drawings in it. It covers a lot of the different organizations in the 30s. For a starter book on the subject it is nice. They Could have done a better job on the printing of uniforms in the book.
           2. Officers and Soldiers of  France. Paper back. So fare there have been 23 in the series the last two being Carabiniers 1679-1871 French Artillery 16871815 There are lot color plats in these books and one the thing I like is you use them for painting and if you get paint on them it does not cost you a arm and leg. Osprey look out.
           Andrea Publishing
           1. Deutsche Luftwaffe Hard Back. By Gustavo Cano & Santiago Guillen. These books are great books geared towards the collector with lots of pictures of uniforms and equipment, the other ones I recommend are Deutsche Soldaten  Heitai Japanese Army Inside the Allgemeine  SS.
         So now enough on World War II . Are next series will be on Romans Greeks  Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on October 19, 2013, 05:22:05 PM
So I am back again with the Greeks and Romans. The first two are really good for information and color prints. Early Aegean Warrior 5000-1450 BC by Raffaele D'Amato . If anyone has a Minoan bull set you can get lots of ideas on how to paint them. Second by the same author is Bronze age Greek Warrior 1600-1100 BC I can see a nice set about Troy the color is great and lots of information. There will be third on Bronze age Carthage.  Roman Centurions 753-31 BC, Roman Centurions 31BC-AD500  Now the last one An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Uniforms of the Roman World by Kiley it has been out a year but still a good one to get lots of prints to work from Willie  The above books are printed by Osprey
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on October 19, 2013, 10:10:09 PM
Just a correction to the Carthaginian title . It is called Carthaginians 6th-2nd century BC by Andrea Salimbeti  will be out in April 2014 osprey publishing. Also another title is Le Soldat Lagide de Ptolemee ler soter a Cleopantre  deals with Hellenistic Egypt from casemate
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on January 11, 2014, 10:41:41 AM
I recently received 3 new books from

        1. Australian Military Uniforms 1800-1982, By Monty Wedd. It is a outstanding book lots of color prints and B& W drawings of equipment. So if you are in a rut here's your chance to bark out.
         2. Dress & Insignia of the British Army in Australia & New Zealand 1770 1870 By Ronald Montague. Nice book filled with lots of  information about the troops uniforms.
         3. The Indian Army and the Kings Enemies 1900-1947. By Charles Chenevix  Trench. A good book on the military history of the Indian Army from that period change of pace from uniform books   Willie   
Title: Re: Books
Post by: Brian on January 12, 2014, 07:03:58 PM
Keep them coming Willie, it's good to have an idea of books to get ;)
Title: Re: Books
Post by: Roger on January 13, 2014, 01:21:10 AM
Yes definitely, keep them coming. :)
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on January 22, 2014, 10:26:37 AM
 Good morning.  Since the society is painting World War I figures for the anniversary of the start of the War. I have come up with a list of some books that might help.
         1. The two Funkin books on the First World War.  For a starter set they are good covers all the countries.
         2. Osprey series. The 3 volume set on the British Army is nice but the prints are a bet washed out, but we all know that uniforms never fad in the filed :o
         3. Verlag  Militaria  nice books covers Germany Austria. French Armies
         4. Turk Askeri Kiyafetleri this book is about Turkish Army in World War I and is in Turkish. The things we do for are hobby ::)
         5.  Schiffer Publishing. American Expeditionary Forces in World War I , The Imperial Russian Army Uniforms.
         6. An Illustrated Encyclopedia of World War I Uniforms by LB publishers.
         7. La Guerra Italo,Austriaca 1915-1918 covers the Italian army and its uniforms and Equipment.
         8. Almark Publishing if you can pick up these books they are great to have to paint with ;D
         9. Histoire & Collections  French Army 1914-1918 French Tanks brand new, and the German Army 1914-1918 not printed yet.
       Now my latest addition from Military Mode Publishing is Campaign 1914 volume 1 this is going to be a outstanding book it covers the equipment of the Tommy . Lots of color pictures of the real thing. I will give a review next week when it arrives.   So if you have any Christmas money left have fun. Also for those who do not like to shop there is the web lots of good stuff they too.
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on February 03, 2014, 06:18:49 PM
Ok. Ever once and while the book fairy drops a great book off to me. This time it is Campaign 1914 By Chris Pollendine This book covers the British Tommy at the start of the war up to 1915. Lots and lot of pictures of uniforms and equipment in color. Who every collections it is it's outstanding. The second will deal with British and American made service jackets and trousers. Royal Navy square Rig, Royal Flying Corps, Gas Masks and Anti Gas equipment. Metal  helmets and gifts and rations. Yes even Bully Beef. The book is printed by Military Mode UK. This book is well worth the price. I brought mine at UK. If any of you get this book let me know let me know Willie 
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on March 01, 2014, 01:04:35 PM
 OK folks here we go ;D  First off I received a book that I had wanted for a very long time. Hungarian Army Uniforms 1939-1945 by Dr Tamas Baczoni. It is a paper back book in English and German. Lots of very nice color pictures in it. It is just enough information for painters like me to use. Also the price is right. This fills a hole in the World War II area. There is another book on this subject witch starts from 1926-1945 and is in Hungarian. Osprey has one witch is nice. While we are on the subject of Osprey I just got the following. Third is from Concord.
                                                         1. Hitler's Blitzkreig enemies 1940 Denmark, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium for a starter book is great.
                                                         2. 42cm Big Bertha and German Siege Artillery of World War 1
                                                         3. The Age of the Crusades. It is a nice book in that the art work is great who else but Angust McBride  ;D   I myself like the Mongols Russians and many more. While we are on the subject of color remember that most of the dies where natural and will range on very dark or light Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on March 07, 2014, 08:36:06 PM
 Now for you knight painters ???   A book that will help you in painting Heraldry, or drive you Nuts on trying to paint them. :P  The Dictionary of Heraldry By Joseph Foster. This book covers Feudal Coasts of Arms and Pedigrees. It has been out for some time and when you get one get the hard back version because the paper back one does not have the color in it. So if you paint knights let me know how you like the book Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on March 19, 2014, 05:48:17 PM
 After a very long wait my book on The Armies Of Warlord China by Philip Jowett arrived today. This is the second in the series on the Chines Army the first being Soldiers of the White Sun. Lots of pictures of the period. A nice set of prints in the book. Its nice to get books like this ;D It brakes up the same old run of the mill books on Military History and Uniforms. Now a nice set of flats would be nice. Now for those who have a small pocket book or on a budget Osprey has 3 books on the Chines Army of this period 1900-1950  Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on April 03, 2014, 07:47:44 PM
  So here we go :)  Die Uniformen des osterreichischen Bundessheeres 1918-1938 By Rolf M. Urrisk. When the imperial Monarchy collapsed there was no money for a new army so they used what was at hand. This book covers the changes that took place in that 20 year period. Lots of nice color pictures in the book. There is a series of 7 books and this one is #6 covering uniforms. It is well worth the money for a book like this.  As for other books not much has come out.  :-\ It seems that publishers are not listening to what the public wants ???  I know they have to make money and they fall back on the good old German Army 1933-1945 :P but I am over that. So if any of you have an idea about a book let me know in the form. Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on April 27, 2014, 03:41:41 PM
Ok wake up ???   After almost a year some of my book have arrived ::)  First we start with a small paper backs The Uniforms of the British Yeomanry Force 1794-1914 printed years ago, but with lots of information in them They are by L.Barlow  and  R.J.Smith . Another older book is War on The Nile by Michael Barthorp about the Sudan. Next two Osprey subjects. The first is The Carthaginians 6th-2nd Century BC. This is a great book to have for painting and lets hope that someone makes a set of these. Second Forces of The Hanseatic League 13th-15th Centuries. I am getting more and more interested in medieval armies. Third and last Histoire & Collections. I know what I stated before about the German Army and World War II  :P  First  is German Combat equipment in the Militaria  series, its a nice little paper back with lots of photos of equipment, it well not brake your pocket book. Second is Stonne 1940 in  the Men and Battles series. This book gives  you a over view of the battle and there are lots of good photos in it for the modeler . I am still weighting on French Artillery and Dragoons in the Officers and Men Series. So by the end of this year I just might have them. Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on May 12, 2014, 10:43:38 PM
 This is a change from what I write about in books. While at MFCA show this weekend I bought a very nice book, from a very nice lady who was selling her husband flats and books, he had passed away. The name of the book is Medieval Costume Armor and Weapons by Paul Hamlyn printed in 1958. It is a very outstanding book on the subject. So if anyone could tell me more about it. Let me know Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on May 20, 2014, 09:38:53 PM
The New Journal has a group of Yeomanry Drum Figures from Western Miniatures. It was stated that it would be nice to paint them and did any one know what the drum banners looked like. Will its your lucky day. The Uniforms of the British Yeomanry Force 1794-1914  #14 Yeomanry Drum Banners and Mounted Bands has the answer. The book is by R.G.Harris. printed in 1991. Nice B/W pictures and a fold out section of the drum banners in color. I picked my book up at Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: Brian on May 21, 2014, 02:49:03 AM
Now that will be handy ;) thanks Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on May 24, 2014, 04:11:59 PM
Some years ago I had seen a set of Apache Indians. Also we have had talks about how the planes Indians Dressed . Well I just received a book today that I think is one of the best on the subject of the Apaches. It is called The People called Apache, large format book by Thomas Emails 1993. This will give you a idea on what the Apaches where and how they lived. Also the  Osprey books are good to have . The Apaches and American Indians of the southwest. So this should help out in painting and engraving . Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: gerry Larkin on May 26, 2014, 07:40:43 AM
Ive got this book,  Willie some years back, its about the best book on the subject, I also recommend Mystic Warriors of the Plains by Mr Mails, same format , so thats a big Book, got mine From Amazon many years ago, still be best book IMHO.
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on June 07, 2014, 10:19:41 PM
 First of all an up date on the yeomanry uniform books. I now have all but two of the series and hope soon to get them. Gerry yes I have Mystic Warriors of the Plains great book .  Now I am going to switch the tables around. Ok fellow members of this Society what are you guys & gals looking for in books. Let me know your ideas ??? Also does anyone know where I can pick up the post cards of the Indian army by Major A.C.Lovett I have some already but there are some I would like to get for my collection  Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on July 20, 2014, 04:05:28 PM
 So time to dust of the book shelve and come up to date. I must say it has been very slow in new books.  :-\   Some of the stuff I have ordered have taken a whole year and still not here. Are friends at Historie & Collection have some what been dragging there feet :o . So here we go. Also does anyone have a answer about those prints I asked about.  Willie
              1. Grunt Illustrated History of the US Infantry in  Vietnam  Uniforms, Equipment, By Antonia Arques
              2. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War I By Chris Bishop
              3. French Artillery #23 Historie & Collections
              4. French Dragoons #24  Historie & Collections
Title: Re: Books
Post by: zinnmartina on July 22, 2014, 05:57:42 AM
For World War I and other periods I think

is of some interest.
I have a book about the austrian-ungarian army in WW I and the book of Frederick the great.
Really great books.
About this two books the important part for me is that they show photos of originals.
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on August 02, 2014, 01:13:21 PM
 Zinnmartina . Yes you are very right the Verlag Militaria  are some of the most outstanding books printed on the subject. I also agree on pictures of the real thing ,its a great help when you are painting.  The Following publisher are out standing Verlag  Militaria  Histoire & Collections, Andrea Publishing, Military Mode Publishing. Now for the paper backs, Osprey, Crowood, Concord,   Almark, Amber Squadron for planes and Armor. So this should keep you looking and in the used books stores a lot. Now what's new  ???  The first one is called Grunt By Antonio Arques A Pictorial Report on the US Infantry's Gear and Life During the Veitnam War. 1965-1975. Once again Andrea has come out with a very out standing book. It covers everything they used in the war from Jungle boots to Playboy its in there. So if you are interested in the war this is a good book to have. Second would be Fight Gear 1942-1945 By Mathieu Bianchi Histoire & Collection it covers everything you need to fly your B17 P51 P47 and uniforms. All most forgot Uniforms of the Sea Services By Colonel Robert H Rankin USMC The book is old printed in 1962 By the Naval Institute covers Navy uniforms from 1776 to 1960 it covers a lot of periods.  Now the shocker after redoing my book list I went into shock 850 books  :o this does not cover the Traditions, Osprey, and I am running out room. :-[  Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on August 17, 2014, 07:53:09 PM
Well after almost a year my Histoire & Collection  Officers and Soldiers of France showed up. Artillery and the Gribeauval System 1786-1815 By Ludovic Letrun  Vol #1  #23 Its a nice book with lots of information and nice plates of Uniforms and equipment. The only thing I have a question on is the flags of the King, some of the color on the regimental flags looked washed out. One of the  things I get mad >:(  about is this company does not proof read there stuff before it goes to the printer or the printer checking on his color run >:(  I just notice that they print the book in Spain. So maybe both the French and Spanish Brush up on there English and how to lay out a print set up and check the color ::) . I like these books you can use them in your book rack while painting and the cost is good. Now before anyone gets there underwear in a wedge I feel that Histoire & Collections has a responsibility to the public and its self to produce the best material they can. If I am wrong about the color I will say I am sorry. So if any of you have this book let me know. Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on August 23, 2014, 09:30:55 PM
 After talking with friends on the Napoleonic Artillery flags in the Artillery and the Gribeauval System that the color was called pigeon green or orange on cantons on the flag and this was do to the way the flag was made at that time and the material they used. So I was wrong and like I said I would say so.  Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on September 11, 2014, 07:37:24 PM
Well here we go again.  :o  Dragoons Vol # 1 1669-1749 arrived yesterday. The book is by Histoire & Collections  Officers and Soldiers of France. by Veronique & Ludovic Letrun. So fare I do not see any problems with the printing and English. The color plates are out standing and I cant weight to see the Vol #2. Now if are German & French friends produce sets of these :o  We will be painting long hours into the morning. Now for are World War I  Group. The Somme 1916 Crucible of a British Army By Michael Chappell. This is a old book printed in 1995 by Windrow & Greene. It is a large book and the color plates are outstanding,  For are colonial subjects The Aanglo Boer Wars By Michael; Barthorp a medium size book the fourth in a series by him about the British Army. Its a nice book to read about this period, and you get a overview of this war. I like his books because I can fit them into my book cases for I am running out of room :-[  Now for the Navy types Rank and Rate Vol # 2  By E.C.Coleman brand New  Covers Naval Ratings WRND Royal Marines Qarnns and  Auxiliaries . Now for the US Navy group we have Uniforms of the Sea Services By Colonel Robert Rankin this is a old book but one of the best I have seen printed in 1962  So let me know what you think  Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on September 29, 2014, 10:22:16 AM
 Once again the BOOK Gods have smiled on me. I now have the Encyclopedia of French Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles 1914-1940 By Histoire & Collections. It is a big book and has lots of information in about tanks and vehicle types and lots of color prints in it so if you want to paint French Tanks go out and get it. Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on November 06, 2014, 04:15:26 PM
So lets start with The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War I . This is a new book and it covers Weapons Systems, Tanks Small Arms, Warplanes Artillery, Ships, Armored Cars, and Submarines. Ok the book is By Chris Bishop printed by Amber publishing. The book is a collection of various books on this subject. For me it just what I wanted . I can use it to paint by and it fits into my collection nice .I know that there are other books out there on these subject, but this is what I need and the price is right at Amazon. Second is for all you Indian Army fans The Military in British India By T.A.Heathcote set down with a Brandy or Tea and read. Third and one of the best used books I ever got Warriors of Eurasia from the VIII Century BC to the XVII Century AD. by Mikhael V Gorelik, printed in 1995 it is paper back like a Osprey Men At Arms Series lots of color work in it. I would say that is was first printed in Russian and then English. Printed by Monvtert Publications. Last Osprey #496 The Prussian Army of The Lower Rhine 1815. so only 49 days until Christmas  ;D  Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on November 23, 2014, 11:36:46 AM
  As already stated about my birthday on the 15th I received a couple of books . The first one is Semper FI for all you Jar Heads out there. The Definitive Illustrated History of the U.S Marines a revised and updated edition. Lots of nice color pictures in it and uniforms and weapons. Most of all of it comes from the Marine Corps Museum at Quantico VA, if you get a chances to visit it by all means do so. Second is Smithsonian World War I  The Definitive Visual History by Richard Overy printed by DK. So there you go 8)  Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on December 02, 2014, 05:34:45 PM
Today my Vladimir Douchkine book came and I am very impressed with the book. I must say that he did a lot of things in his life and his art work is outstanding. Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on January 09, 2015, 05:16:43 PM
OK hope everyone got lots of nice books and if you are still look for yours to show up welcome to the club. The Encyclopedia of Warfare By Dennis Showalter. Nice fat book covering from 2500 BC to 2011 printed in 2013. Now for the harden military Historian this book is not what you want. I like it because when I start to look for different flats to paint  I  go to this book and I come up with the most interesting wars. Second The US Army Soldier By Morel printed in 2012 by Histoire & Collections. This covers the uniforms and equipment being used today in Afghanistan. Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: Nicholas Ball on January 09, 2015, 05:48:59 PM
You certainly like your books Willie, the Douchkine's  book is excellent, when things go haywire with my painting, I get it out and it inspires me to have another go. I must say,  you do  have a wide verity of interests. I'll know who to ask if I need a certain reference.   

Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on January 11, 2015, 11:06:44 AM
Thanks Nick.  If you have a question I will be glad to see if I have a book on it ;)  I started this love with books when I was a kid and that would go along with model soldiers also. From my first book by Bob Bard to today with Histoire & Collection.  I forgot to ad another one The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II by Chris Bishop. The Author produces a lot of books for Amber publishing and this book is a collection of several books already printed. Like his first World War I book it dose not go into a lot of information on the weapons system, but just what I want. One of the great things about it is the price Amazon has them cheap.  As I set here I had a idea come into my mind. What do you all think of starting a listing of books on various periods some of these are in print and out of print. We could also include prints and post cards. Besides it give me a chances to see what I have :o  At last count I have 980 books Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: Nicholas Ball on January 11, 2015, 12:20:47 PM
980!!!! thats more than my local library!!!!  perhaps we should call you   'The Librarian'  hahaha
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on January 13, 2015, 03:45:28 PM
 So here we go with a listing.  ;D   The first list will not be on Uniforms or History but Color Mixing and painting. ???  I think that these should be a help to all of us in the society. They contain lots of information on mixing colors. The first are the Color Mixing Recipes By William F.Powell. Nice books with lots of information for over 500 color combinations. Second and one of the best books on skin colors is How to paint Skin Tones By James Horton printed in 1995 . Third is Color Mixing for Artists By John Lidzey printed in 2002 . Also Horse Color witch I have talked about before. This should keep you at your work bench Willie
                                                           Color Mixing Recipes
                                                        1. Color Mixing Recipes for Oil and Acrylic paints
                                                        2. Color Mixing Recipes For Portraits
                                                        3. Color Mixing Recipes for Landscapes
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on February 13, 2015, 04:53:03 PM
981 My list of books just went up .  :P  Now for the US Army Uniform lovers comes a book that will help you out. U S Army Soldiers and  Their Chevrons By William K Emerson printed in 2013 and James Bender publishing. So if you are interested in this area of military you should get this book Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on February 19, 2015, 04:07:45 PM
 Like I just stated in another part of this form :o  This new Osprey book is a outstanding work on this subject but what is even better is the art work :o .  Now to hunt down the figures and get started painting
                1. Sea People of the Bronze Age Mediterranean C.1400 BC-1000 BC. 2015
               2.  Early Aegean Warrior 5000-1450 BC  2013
               3. Bronze Age Greek Warrior 1600-1100 BC  2011
               4. The Carthaginians 6th-2nd Century BC  2014
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on February 23, 2015, 05:00:42 PM
Hi for all you British Colonial people out there I just got this little book today The British Army from Old Photographs By Boris Mollo. Not bad for being 40 years old. Lots of B/W pictures in there and the Indian ones are great.. Makes me want to have Dubar right now  :o  Just think of all the Lancer regiments you could paint  :P  The Elephant Artillery and Indian Regiments you could have and model nice forts in the Northwest frontier. Picture 18 is interesting they are loading elephants on a train at Mooltan 1893 . So you could have the Indian Army of the Queen Empress. Just remember mad dogs and English Men Don't go out in the noon day Sun.  8)  Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on March 06, 2015, 09:59:22 PM
So I had to come threw the back door since Google does not have the web page she had this morning and now its gone :(  Ok Another book for the colonial people in the group. The Frontier Ablaze the Northwest Frontier Rising 1897-98 By Michael Barthorp. This book is about 19 years old but it is one of the best ones I have seen . Lots and lots of very outstanding B/W photos and the color plates are out standing. it is printed by Windrow & Greene I also have the Somme 1916 witch is another out standing book from this publisher.  I was wondering if anyone of  would be interested in me doing say a list of say Indian Colonial books and if this was received well I could do others different periods Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on March 09, 2015, 07:24:44 PM
  Ok here we go with the Indian Army listing
              Uniform guides
                      1. An Assemblage of Indian Army Soldiers & Uniforms By Michael Glover nice book lots of color.
                      2. Indian Army Uniforms Infantry By W.C.Carman  I would say it is the bible of  Indian Army Uniforms
                      3. Indian Army Uniforms Cavalry By W.C.Carman   This goes for this one also .
                      4. The Ackermann Military Prints Uniforms of the British and Indian Armies 1840-1855
             Osprey Series
                      1. 219  Queen Vitoria's Enemies # 3 India
                      2.  324 The North-East Frontier 1837-1901
                      3. 421  The Sikh Army
                      4. 453 Armies of the East India Company 1750-1850
                      5. 67 The Indian Mutiny
                      6. 268 The British Troops in the Indian Mutiny 1857-59
                      7. 41 The Gurkha Rifles
                      8  72 North-West Frontier 1837-1947
                      9. 91 Bengal Cavalry Regiments 1857-1914
                    10.  31 30th Punjabis
                    11.  92 Indian Infantry Regiments 1860-1914
         Elite Series
                      1. 49 The Gurkhas
                      2. 75 The Indian Army 1914-1947
                     So this is a start I have still pull out my Traditions and Almark series and next the history of the Indian Army  Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on March 09, 2015, 09:42:30 PM
Ok Now I have the flowing Traditions
                      1. #45 The Gurkha Issue
                      2. #29 Indian Mutiny Part 1
                     3. # 30 Indian Mutiny Part 2
                     4. # 50 Indian Cavalry Part 1
                     5. # 73 Indian Cavalry Part 2
     Almark Publishing
                     1. Indian Cavalry
                     2. Skinners Horse
      History of the Indian Army
                    1. The Indian Army By Mollo
                    2. The Indian Army  and the Kings Enemies 1900-1947 By Trench
                    3. The Indian Army of the Empress 1861-1903 By Harfield
                    4. The North West Frontier By Barthorp
                    5. Rivals of the Raj By Peter Abbot
                    6. The British in India 1825-1859 By John French
                    7. The British Indian Army 1860-1914 By Shire publishing
                    8. The Military in British India 1660-1947 By Heathcote
                    9. The Indian Army the Garrison of British Imperial India By Heathcote
                  10. The Frontier Ablaze Northwest Frontier Rising 1897-1898 By Barthorp
               This is what I have in my bookcases I hope this will be a help to the society when you paint figures Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: JerryMort on March 10, 2015, 06:48:58 AM
Could add 'So They Rode and Fought' by Major General S.Shahid Hamid.
Title: Re: Books
Post by: johnr on March 10, 2015, 07:33:24 AM
To complete your Indian army collection you must add" The Armies of India" by Major C.F. MacMunn and illustrated by Major A.C.Lovett. I think it's one of the best around.

John R
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on March 12, 2015, 02:40:55 PM
John R yes its is and I have it just forgot about it. Also looking into They Rode and Fought. What I would like is the series of post card by A.C.Lovett  I got some of these cards many many years ago and I would like to get some more. I tried the National Army Museum and I found nothing. So if you guys know let me know where I can get them Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on March 25, 2015, 08:40:20 PM
 Just received this book today and I think this would make some interesting figures to paint. Armies of the War of the Triple  Alliance 1864-70 By Osprey Publishing Men-at Arms #499 :o . Also  Armies of the 19th Century; The Americas The Paraguayan War by Foundry Publishing lots of black and white drawings . Another book would be Uniformes de la Guerra del Pacifico 1879-1881 by Partizan  Press lots of color plates and my book is in Spanish but I believe  they are now in English . Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on April 14, 2015, 10:00:04 PM
 Well the oxcart arrived today with some new books. After 8 months My Royal Navy Uniforms 1930 -1945 arrived today. The book is published by Crowood Press written by Martin J. Brayley .This is the third in the series of British Military Uniforms in World War II the book covers lots and lots of uniforms and ranks. So if you are looking for inspiration on painting British sailors then get this book. The next book has been on the New York Times bestseller list. Elephant Company is a story about James Howard Williams and his units of elephants in Burma, I started to read it and can't put it down I like it 8)  The third is Camouflage & Markings of Canadian Military Vehicles volume 1 &2 nice art work in both.
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on April 16, 2015, 09:40:24 PM
For those World War II painters out there . I found this book on the polish army in World War II. Wojsko Polskie 1939-1945 By Barwa i Bron  printed in 1990.  The book is in Polish and it covers the uniforms of the Polish Forces in the war. Some of the art work could be improved on but others are great for information on uniforms and rank. This will fit in nice with my other books in French, Finish, Russian, Italian. Japanese, Chinese, Romanian, Hungarian ::)  Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on May 14, 2015, 02:56:41 PM
Well back from the Valley Forge Show with some interesting books ???  The first one is a gem printed in polish it covers the Huns and the Medieval periods. The Black and White drawings are outstanding of all the equipment and weapons. The title is Wyprawy Krzyzowe  Armie Lodow Tureckich. By Andrzej Michalek  printed in 2001.  This ought to drive the painters of Knights and old guys with 30mm vision nuts when painting ;D  Second is The Mongol Warlords By David Nicolle. Nice little book on the Warlords. Third is another Polish book on the polish Army from 1914-1947. Lots of prints and information on the equipment, Weapons, Ranks, Tanks, Trucks, Not to much on Artillery  37, 75, 40mm are the only guns shown. The title is Ksiega Kawalerii Polskiej By Henryk Smaczny printed in 1989 Third on the list are two books in Italian  La Cavalleria Di Linea Italica 1796-1814  By Galliani printed in 1973 . Next Uniformi military italiane dellottocento dalla restaurazione allunita nazionale  :P  I do not know the author could not fine it, was printed in 1979 Willie 8) Now a little note to you all my wife and I are planning to move to FL so I have been packing my books away so we can show the condo . I believe the floor has risen about 6 inch ::)  If any of you guys are going to move let me tell you how to do it. ::)  Get your kids Grandkids to move it for you  ???  no work no eat ;D . I  will still be talking about books,  8) and flats.    Willie 
Title: Re: Books
Post by: Nicholas Ball on May 14, 2015, 03:19:28 PM
some interesting sounding books there Willie.

looking forward to Patrick putting on  the photo's from Valley Forge.

Are you retiring to FL.?  will you be at Valley Forge next year??  I think my Wife is tryingto get rid of me, I mentioned last night about attending the show next year, and she said OK, you had better go!!

YIPPEEEEEE  !!!   I need some new Cowboy Boots    hahaha
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on June 03, 2015, 04:49:05 PM
For all you 30 years war people out there I received this book today. European Weapons & Warfare 1618-1648 By Eduard Wagner. This is a reprint of the original  Hard Back Book witch runs about $60.00 I first saw this book advertised on the miniatures page or the war games page. This book is geared to the war gamer but there is a lot information for the flat painter, most of the prints are copies from the Hard Back Book. It is still a good deal . It is printed by Winged Hussar publishing Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on June 12, 2015, 03:27:49 PM
 Arrived today Officers and Soldiers of French Dragoons Volume 2 :o  Lots and lots of color plates Histoire & Collections did a great job.. If I where a betting man I would say that Volume 3 should be coming soon Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on June 26, 2015, 09:59:54 PM
 So now to bring you all up to date. I have packed up some of my books and put them in storage and  the man cave floor raised about six inches  :o. The Condo is on the market. But not to get sad I am still picking up reading material ;D The latest is in my Indian Army section.  Sons of John Company The Indian & Pakistan Armies 1903-1991 By John Gaylor lots of information in this book about the regiments of the Indian Army. While I was out visiting my daughter I happen to go into a small shop that had military items from around the world and I came across two very interesting items witch  I bought.  :o  They go on your shoulder straps . 1  92 Punjabis infantry. 2 K.A.R.  I know what they are lets see if you know what they are ::). Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: alfsboy on June 27, 2015, 04:20:17 AM
I have the Eduard Wagner book though the German version .Its a great book for 30 years war right down to cooking utensils .
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on October 23, 2015, 12:18:40 PM
Hi gang ;D Just one more month and we are in the Condo  ;D,but this has not stopped me from ordering books and having them delivered  to my step Daughters house in FL. First off for all you British Army Equipment fans out there British Military Respirators & Anti Gass Equipment of the two World Wars brand new . Second and a very nice book is Das Kuk 1895 The Imperial Army by Oska Buch in German but the color work in the back of the book is great. Now the last one is By Andrea publishing about the US Special Forces in Vietnam outstanding book with lots and lots of color on uniforms and equipment. Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on December 04, 2015, 03:09:26 PM
Just one week left and I am in my new man cave. It has been a long year and I wish everyone in are club a Marry Christmas and a great new year. Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on January 05, 2016, 03:51:37 PM
 Happy New Year to you all  ;D I am now in the Man Cave smaller then I had before but it will do. Last year was a strange one for new books coming out :o It seemed like they would never come and some it took almost a whole year. My next thing well be a talk about the Union Navy in the Civil War at the Civil War Round Table.  I will let you know how that goes. At the end of this month will be the South Florida Toy Soldier Club show. Willie 
Title: Re: Books
Post by: gerry Larkin on January 06, 2016, 06:48:49 PM
Hi Willie
You will have the pleasure of myself and young Nicholas Ball at Valley forge in May
 so looking forward to catching up you  and talking books flats etc!!, and if the Hawaiian
shirt mob are on line, Patrick and co, chime in!!  Now tell me Young man is that man cave you  have, enough room for all your vast  book collection?,  Happy new Year Willie ....   Gerry.
Title: Re: Books
Post by: Roger on January 08, 2016, 07:16:32 AM
Willie, you don't happen to have this book in your collection do you?

Title: Re: Books
Post by: Erich on January 12, 2016, 06:12:04 PM

can this be helpful to you  (Paperback)  ?? (

Title: Re: Books
Post by: Roger on January 13, 2016, 02:09:07 AM

can this be helpful to you  (Paperback)  ?? (


Thank you very much indeed Erich.
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on January 15, 2016, 11:51:49 AM
  Roger and Gerry. The man cave took a bet of time and is a bet of a tight fit but it came out good :o My work bench had to move to the garage witch  worked out well. I have a nice table witch I covered with a sheet of plexiglas :o so if I spill anything I can clean it up. I have small desk draw box where I store my tools and paint. So when I am done painting its packed away and I cover my lights and Put my work under a large glass cloche to keep the dust of it :o. For the book I do not have it, but I would like to get it. I have one on the Mexican Army called the Mexican Soldier 1837-1847 by Joseph Hefter  was print in 1958 and reprinted in 2008. While I was staying at my wifes daughter house weighting to move into are condo. I received some books that I had on order.
  The first one An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Uniforms of World War II. The book is  designed to take a look at uniforms of the different powers. Do too space limitations ,Air forces and Navies ,Partisans, Guerrillas, where left out.  Other wise I think its is a great book to use when painting. I wish these guys would come out on one about the 7 years war. Second from Andrea is US Elite Forces Uniforms, Equipment and personal Items Vietnam 1965-1975. This is a outstanding book lots of stuff in it about uniforms, some of which I had when I was over there and witch are now in the Virginia War Museum at New Port News. Third and one of the most interesting books I have read it War on the Waters by James M. McPherson . I was reading this book for a talk I was going to give at the Civil War Round Table Society of Pam Beach FL. If any of you are interested in the Civil War this is the book covers the Union and Confederate Navies 1861-1865. Also I checked it out from the Libray :o :o Willie     
Title: Re: Books
Post by: Roger on January 15, 2016, 01:39:19 PM
Thanks Willie. I've located a copy of the book here in the UK and for a good price too.  :D
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on February 08, 2016, 11:15:54 AM
  I have a question for are members who live in Hungary? Do you know of a series of books by Gyozo Somogyi they say that there are like Ospreys both in Hungarian and English. How would rate them. Second question is The Chota Sepoy still being printed? it was a series on the Indian Army it was from The British Model Soldier Society.  Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: snagy on February 08, 2016, 02:11:03 PM
Hi Willie,
yes you are right.
Gyozo Somogyi is a well decorated Hungarian graphic artist and painter and really he made a series of richly and vividly illustrated booklets that cover the main periods of the Hungarian warfare  (dresses) up to 1848.
E.g. on this link you can find a vendor (or course there are several ones):
They are English.
The prices vary about 8-10 Euro each.
According to my  judgement they are useful for those who are interested in these topics.
The booklets have more pictures and less text than the Osprey.
Unfortunately a part of the booklets are sold out, so one can hunt up them second hand only.
If you have some particular interest I can check or help to find the book.
Best regards-

Title: Re: Books
Post by: snagy on February 09, 2016, 01:49:13 AM
In the meantime I've found a better vendor.
Almost all the booklets of Gyozo Somogyi are available here, furthermore on 15 % discount price: (
Best regards-
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on February 18, 2016, 02:29:02 PM
 Sandar  :D First of all thank you  8) for the information on the books. I ordered two and they came today very fast  :o  These are some of the best ones I have seen lots and lots of color plates 8)
      1. Warriors of The Hungarian Frontier 1526-1686
      2. The Army of King Matthias 1458-1526   
       I plan to be get the others in this series  Willie. Also I will be send my dues to you all again Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on March 03, 2016, 11:51:44 AM
So now to get back to work. :o The third book by Gozo Somogyi  arrived yesterday and I am very pleased with it. This covers the Hungarian Soldiers in the World Wars 1914-1918,1939-1945 . It covers a lot of information and lots and lots of color plates. Not only uniforms but the Navy, Trains , Planes, River Guard, Red Regiments from the 20's World War II is covered very well. The next ones are going to be The Army of Transylvania 1559-1690 :o wonder if that comes with fangs or look into my eyes ??? . The Hungarian Military 1768-1848, Royal Hungarian Defense Force 1868-1914. Hungarian Flags. So we have a wide range of stuff for the painter. Most of these are paper back if you want a hard back, Then try the hardback book by Verlag Militaria and have deep pockets :o Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: PJDeluhery on March 04, 2016, 10:29:50 AM
Willie, I nominate you as the Society's "LIBRARIAN". Your knowledge of printed resources never ceases to amaze.

BTW, will you make it to MFCA this year?
Title: Re: Books
Post by: marko on March 04, 2016, 02:28:39 PM
Yes do and bring your library... ::)   Perhaps a converted bus or 30 foot moving van.

mark  8)
Title: Re: Books
Post by: Nicholas Ball on March 04, 2016, 03:12:13 PM
30 foot!!!  I hear he's got an extended  ( Jumbo ) Jet, 3 welded into one. Six wings and 12 engines. ;D

0 to 180 in 14 minutes  :o

Willie does love his elephants, trust him to get a plane with the same name! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Books
Post by: Roger on March 08, 2016, 04:45:49 AM
I have this one on the way which will be very useful when I eventually get around to painting my von Droste Hussars.  :)

Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on March 08, 2016, 07:04:46 AM
Roger I think you will like it  8) Willie.
Title: Re: Books
Post by: Roger on March 08, 2016, 07:06:53 AM
This will be the third one I have bought in the series Willie, it would be a shame not to collect them all.  ;D
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on March 19, 2016, 10:18:07 PM
 You know, you Guys your not fare off about moving my Library. :o  We had 4000 weight allowance and we went over it . MY weight was 2500 pounds just in boxes of books :P . I packed 25 moving boxes , books, magazines, Flats, Militaria, Prints, . I wish I could bring it and a elephant to the show.  Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on March 19, 2016, 10:54:36 PM
 I thought that I might go threw my Library and start a new series on different army's . I have a set of Indian Army figures from I would say 1890-1900 and the Elephant Artillery set.  I was thinking that if any one else has these I would like to recommend some books to help you paint.  So here it goes.

                            1. Indian Army Uniforms Cavalry By W.Y. Carman printed in 1961 Out standing book lots and lots of information.
                            2. Indian Army Uniforms Infantry By W.Y. Carman printed in 1969 Both these books have lots of B/W and some color, but the information is out standing
                            3. An Assemblage of Indian Army Soldiers & Uniforms By Michael Glover printed in 1973 Lots of Color by Charter Paul Charter his work.
                            4. Military Uniforms of Britain & The Empire BY Major B .Money Barnes printed in 1960 lots of Empire troops.

     So this is the first installment on this subject more will be coming.  Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on March 20, 2016, 07:19:56 PM
  Second installment Most of these are from Osprey

                1. 30th Punjabis By James Lawford printed in in  in 1979
                2. Bengal Cavalry Regiments 1857-1914 By R.G.Harris printed 1979
                3. North-West Frontier 1837-1947 By Robert Wilkinson Latham printed in 1977
                4. The Sikh Army 1799-1849 By Ian Heath printed in 2005
                5. The North-East Frontier 1837-1901 By Ian Heat printed in 1999
                6. The Indian Mutiny By Christopher Wilkinson-Latham printed in 1977
                7. The British Troops in the Indian Mutiny 1857-59 By Michael Barthorp printed in 1994
                8. Queen Victoria's Enemies India #3 By Ian Knight printed in 1990
                9. Queen Victoria's Enemies Asia, Australasia and the Americas BY Ian Knight printed in  1990
              10. The Gurkhas By Mike Chappell printed in 1993
              11. The Gurkha Rifles By J.B.R. Nicholson printed in 1974
              12. Indian Infantry Regiments 1860-1914 By Michael Barthorp printed in 1979
              13. The Indian Army 1914-1947 By Ian Summer printed in2001

       This ends the second series of books on uniforms of the Indian Army. Willie ???


Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on March 22, 2016, 02:41:51 PM
 Third installment  Indian Army

       Tradition Magazines

              #1 The Indian Army
              #5 2nd Bengal Lancers 1901 part 1
              #6 2nd Bengal Lancers 1901 part 2
              #7 2nd Bengal Lancers 1901 part 3
              #8 2nd Bengal Lancers 1901 part 4
              #10 2nd Bengal Lancers 1901 part 5
              #11 2nd Bengal Lancers 1901 part 6
              #12 2nd Bengal Lancers 1901 part 7
              #13 Bahawalpur Lancers 1897
              #15 Alwar Lancers 1897
              #16 Madras Light Cavalry 1833 and Madras Infantry & Cavalry prints
              #19 Bundelkhand Legion
              # 21 3nd Bengal Irregular Cavalry 1845
              # 22 Bhopal Lancers 1897
              #25 Bikaner Camel Corps 1897
              #29 Some notes on Military Costume worn During the Indian Mutiny 1857- 1858 part 1
              #30 Some notes on Military Costume worn During the Indian Mutiny 1857-1858 part 2
              #36 The British Cavalry of the Honourable East Indian Company
              #61 Tribes of the Northwest Fronter
              #62 Further notes on the Uniforms worn During The Indian Mutiny 1857-1858 part 1
              #63 Further notes on the Uniforms worn During The Indian Munity 1857-1858 part 2
              #50 Special Indian Cavalry Issue part 1
              #73 Special Indian Cavalry Issue part 2 
              #42 The Madras Infantry 1845 part 1
              #43 The Madras Infantry 1845 part 2
              # 45 Special Gurkha Issue
              # 46 The Gurkhas
              #48 Indian Mountain Artillery part 1
              #49 Indian Mountain Artillery part 2
              #51 Indian Mountain Artillery part 3
       Other Hard Back Books
                1. Cavalry Uniforms BY Robert & Christopher Wilkinson- Latham Blandford  Series printed in 1969
                2. Infantry Uniforms 1742-1853 BY Robert & Christopher Wilkinson-Latham printed in 1969
                3. Infantry Uniforms 1855-1939 By Robert &  Christopher Wilkinson-Latham printed in 1969
                3. The British -Indian Army 1860-1914 By Peter Duckers printed in 2003
                4. World Uniforms and Battles 1815-1850 By Philip Haythornwaite printed in 1976
                5. Indian Cavalry Regiments 1880-1914 By A .H. Bowling  printed in 1971
                6.  The Ackermann Military Prints Uniforms of the British and Indian Armies printed in 2003
      So now you have more to keep you painting for ever. Willie

Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on March 22, 2016, 03:38:53 PM
Just a short note on the Indian Army Uniform Books.

                    1. The Armies of India By Major G.F. Mac Munn DSO and paintings by Major A.G. Lovett.  This is one of best out standing books on the subject printed in 1911.  I thought I was buying one from Amazon and when it came it was small and the prints where Black and White :(  I was lucky  :o many years earlier I had been able to get the post cards of Lovett's Uniforms from the National Army Museum and need a couple more to round out the series. At present I do not know if the still have them for sale at the Museum.

                    2. I almost forgot Books by Foundry Colonial Armies, Armies of the 19th Century
                        1. Rivals of the Raj 1497-1941 By Peter Abbott printed in 2010
                        2. The British in India 1825-1859 By John French printed in 2006
                        3. Armies of the 19th Century Asia India's North East Frontier BY Ian Heath printed in 1999
       So the Raj is now going to pour himself a drink and go out on to his veranda and watch the setting sung  8) Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on March 31, 2016, 12:36:10 PM
Roger my Hungarian Soldiers of Maria Theresa 1740-1768 came today and its outstanding :o  Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: Roger on April 09, 2016, 03:37:48 PM
Sorry Willie I somehow missed your last post.
Yes that is a very good book and has fortunately answered some questions I have about Hungarian Hussar trumpeters.
The Army of King Matthias 1458-1526 should be waiting for me when I get home.  ;D

Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on April 15, 2016, 09:04:30 PM
 For those who are painting World War I figures and are really hard core making sure that you paint the uniform right down to the buttons. I recommend the following books. Campaign 1914 Volume 1 and Campaign 1915 Volume 2 By Chris Pollendine. Military Mode Publishing  8) Uniforms & Equipment of the British Servicemen. :o This is going to be a outstanding series. Lots of color pictures of real equipment and uniforms. Another one to be TBA will be WW1 British Battle insignia :o They also have a series on the Imperial German Army. Now if this does not fit into your budget :-\  I recommend Osprey easy to use when painting and they cover a wide range of Armies of that war. Historie & Collections covers the French army 1914-1918 the Officers and Soldiers series.  Also these books are great and offer the painter lots of information.  8) In my next installment I will brake down the countries. Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on May 16, 2016, 09:21:03 PM
 Well the book The Serbian Army in the Great war 1914-1918 arrived today By Dusan Babac . The book has over 500 photos covering the war. When I first saw this book I thought it might be interesting since I have the series on The British Army, The French Army Russian Army Turkish Army, The American Army and soon the Belgium . The section on uniforms could have used a bet more pictures of original uniforms in the museum at Belgrade Military Museum and the Serbian History Museum. Also more on the ranks insignia . You know the had thing about looking at new books on uniforms is you don't have large book shops like in London Where you can go and look at the thing first hand. Or there web page where they give you a peak into there books and you can judge for your self. Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on May 28, 2016, 05:34:37 PM
Well the Valley Forge show was great lots of flats. I bought two books while I was there. Justinian's Wars Belisarius Narses and The Reconquest of the West.  The book was printed in 1993 by Montvert Publishing. I have several of this series and they are based on Osprey type books good to use when painting flats.  Second is a Russian book Kiev Ruse AE Russia IX to XII. It covers the history after the acceptance of Christianity. The color work in it is great but a bet light other wise its a great book for knights and armor. So you have Turkmen Mongol Batiya, the civil wars in Sweden Germany to the time of prince Alexander Nevskiy . You will need someone to translate it for you. Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on July 28, 2016, 01:27:04 PM
 Well I am back with a new book. Hungarian Military 1758-1848 By Gyozo Somogyi  . Lots and lots of great color stuff Infantry, Hussars, and equipment, Artillery and frontier Guards. I have 4 to go in this series. For the historian I got this book for my Indian Army stuff. The Men Who Ruled India By Philip Mason very interesting. Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on August 24, 2016, 01:18:28 PM
Well it came today  Early Iron Age Greek Warrior 1100-700BC  by Osprey publishing . Its a nice little book and for painting early Greeks its great. Now the question is who does Iron age figures. Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on August 27, 2016, 06:00:31 PM
  Well I have two new books to talk about. The first is the Honved Army 1848-1849 By Gyozo Somogyi.  This covers the revolution of 1848 and it has lots and lots of color in the book. I know have 7 books in the series and will be getting the next 3 soon. The next on is a small book in German Reiter, Husaren und Grenadiere  Die Uniformen der Kaiserlichen Armee am Rhein 1754. A lot of the picture are from the time period and the detail on uniforms is not that good but still lots of information .  Willie 
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on October 27, 2016, 04:51:42 PM
It has been some time since I wrote about a book but I just got this today it had been on order for ever. .  Like Hungry Wolves Culloden Moor April 16 1746, by Stuart Reid. It explains the battle and the color plates are outstanding . Published by Windrow & Green . These series of books are out standing and well worth the price. The next one will be either Into the Valley of Death The British Cavalry Division at Balaclava 1854 or Zulu Isandlwana & Rorke's Drift. Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: willie on November 15, 2016, 08:18:45 AM
Going to take the day off :o  Today is my 69th Birthday That makes me older then rocks and mud.  ;D  . Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: marko on November 15, 2016, 10:39:04 AM
Happy birthday Willie, hopefully you get a lot of books as presents!

mark  8)
Title: Re: Books
Post by: Nicholas Ball on November 15, 2016, 10:43:33 AM
Happy Birthday Willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: Erich on November 15, 2016, 02:13:58 PM
Willie, best wishes to your birthday  from Germany too :)

To the books you have mentioned I can only say, I own Zulu War and The Last Charge (21st Lancers) from this serie
and I can  highly recommend them

Next on my list will be "The frontier Ablaze"

Title: Re: Books
Post by: marko on November 15, 2016, 03:08:35 PM
Funny thing, in the last year I have hunted them all down with the exception of the Somme which I have little interest in.

My favorite was the Zulu Wars though all of them have been exceptionally well written.  This one manages to tell the entire story of the campaign in this one volume with the major focus centered around Rorke's Drift.

I saw and ignored these for years until the Crimea Lancers cousin Charles put out sparked my interest.  Thoroughly impressed on the quality I hunted them down one by one paying far more than if I purchased over time as they were discovered.

Any way one of many guilty pleasures and another wound to my wallet cousin Charles has to answer for...

mark  8)
Title: Re: Books
Post by: nmrocks on November 15, 2016, 04:02:29 PM
Happy Birthday Wilie,
 Your choices in books is excellent!
Title: Re: Books
Post by: Mike G on November 15, 2016, 09:29:28 PM
Happy birthday willie
Title: Re: Books
Post by: socko47 on November 15, 2016, 10:41:14 PM
Going to take the day off :o  Today is my 69th Birthday That makes me older then rocks and mud.  ;D  . Willie

Happy Birthday Willie :) I had to work on mine......Yesterday! Older than rocks and mud, eh - now I know why I felt the way I did when I woke up to 69, too. :'(

Title: Re: Books
Post by: plyoung on November 16, 2016, 05:12:24 AM

Belated birthday greetings for yesterday, Willie, from another who has reached 69 (in October).  Now you have Stuart Reid's excellent book "Like Hungary Wolves", you might be considering painting some figures from that era.  I can certainly recommend the Highlanders produced by the Austrian Editor, Scheibert.  These figures are available from     
Marko and Gerhard kindly recommended the site to me when I was looking for information about Scheibert in September.  Peter oo~

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Post by: snagy on November 16, 2016, 09:29:09 AM
Let me also join the welcomers - by the way I fulfilled westerday the 61st year. :-\
Best regards-
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Post by: marko on November 16, 2016, 10:24:04 AM
Good heavens where all of the 35 year old flat painters on this site?

mark  8)  feeling relatively spry at 56
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Post by: Casper Friedrich on November 17, 2016, 12:19:05 AM
I must be one of the youngest here, turned 47 two months ago.
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Post by: PJDeluhery on November 17, 2016, 09:39:41 AM
I've been 35 - twice! Happy birthday to all you kids. Hope your present comes in a bottle.
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Post by: trevor morgan on November 17, 2016, 02:51:04 PM
we have never met willie but from one flat painter to   another happy birthday. :D
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Post by: willie on December 17, 2016, 07:13:40 PM
  As the year comes to an end  ???  I have my year end books list,  This year was not really a large amount of books on Uniforms :-\  Histoire & Collections did not come out with any in there Officers and Soldiers series. They had one on Women In Uniform but if its like the two volumes on American Uniforms in the Vietnam War forget it. Second Andrea Publishing. Grunt, US Elite Force and Hookup US Paratroops in Vietnam and the Cold War. All three of these books have loads and loads of pictures of equipment. ???  Now for those who have deep pockets there is The Belgain Army in The Great War, and Imperial German Artillery 1871-1914 By Verlag Militaria very nice books but very expensive and heavy :o  The Hungarian Army Series from Hungary is a great deal I now have all 10 of them 8)  Osprey had some great titles this year the Warrior series and  Men at Arms. 8) Military Mode Publishing weighting for there Campaign 1916 to come out and they said they where going to do, one on the patches of the British Soldier in World War I. Now for the Armor fans  Camouflage and Markings Allied Armor in the Battle for Cassino Jan-May 1944, Camouflage and Markings Commonwealth & Greek Armor in The Balkans Campaign April-May 1941 .  This year also marks a milestone for me :o  After years of buying books I have come to a halt. I no longer have the room :P  I have a collection that if there's a question I can fine the answer. ::)  I am now at the point where I can pick and choose ::) . Also I have been buying CDs on uniforms and I like them and they don't take up room. So if you have any ideas about CDs or books let me know. Willie
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Post by: Casper Friedrich on December 18, 2016, 02:45:20 AM
Just ordered Edition Krannich's new Mohr book. I am glad that I didn't buy the earlier book, ther is probably so much more new information in the recent.

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Post by: willie on January 19, 2017, 07:51:04 PM
My Journal arrived yesterday and its great ::)  Like I sated my book collecting is slowing down ???  For Christmas and my Birthday I revived two books more on the history side. The first is The Crusades The Authoritative History of the War for the Holyland By Thomas Asbridge  :o  It covers a vast time period and I really like it. The Second is The French Foreign Legion  A Complete History of The Legendary Fighting Force By Douglas Porch .  8)  Last is a new book The Imperial German Navy of World War I By Jeffrey Judge Vol 1 Warships  :o  Printed by Schiffer  Publishing . The first volume covers the ships and it is going to be a out standing series. Willie
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Post by: willie on March 01, 2017, 09:53:29 AM
After dusting of the dust :o  I am back ??? . So first thing does any one in the UK know if Military Mode Publishing is still going. I have tried to email there web page and no answer. I was trying to fine out about there series on the British Soldier in World War I . Campaign 1916 WW I British Battle Insignia   ???   Second is two new books by Gyozo Somogyi  Horse Archers Weapons Vol 1&2 this well cover Eurasia and the steps :o  So dust off you Horsemen Figures  ;D  Willie
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Post by: willie on May 24, 2017, 08:47:28 PM
  It has been some time :o  It came today Hungarian Military Flags. Lots and lots of color plates of Hungarian Flags. :o From  800-1000 AD ,1000-1800 , 1800-2016.  By Gyozo Somogyi . Now to get the two volumes  Horse Archers by this author.  Second Ribbons and Orders Decorations and Medals. By Guido Rosignoli  a Arco Color Series 1976 . Third  Hook Up US Paratroopers; from Vietnam to the Cold War. By Alejandro Rodriguez  Andrea Press. Lots of pictures of equipment.  :o  Willie
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Post by: willie on July 12, 2017, 04:14:11 PM
 Well I am glad that World  Expo was outstanding show 8) I have seen some of the photos and it makes me want to paint and paint.  I just received a new book from Amazon. The Dress of the Royal Artillery by D Alastair Campbell printed in 1971  By Arms and Armor Press. It covers from around 1642- 1960s The size is nice not big and not small in the middle. Osprey has a couple of new Men at Arms series out. The Dutch Armies of the 80 years war,  Histoire and Collections US Army Vehicle Markings in the European Theater of Operations.  :o Willie
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Post by: willie on October 14, 2017, 07:16:50 PM
 While staying at my daughters to set out the storm. I was able to go to the National Capital Model Soldier show and picked up this book  Die Formations-und Uniformierungs- Geschichte des preubischen Heers 1808-1914. By Von Paul Pietsch  Volume 2 printed in 1966. In the 60s this was state of the art on German Uniforms some color plates but most are B/W drawings with nice detail . I want to get volume 1 on the infantry. Willie.  The book is in German but with a Webster's German English Dictionary no problem . Willie
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Post by: willie on November 13, 2017, 02:09:17 PM
Well the year is drawing to an end and I have a couple of book ideas for under your tree in about 42 days :o It has been a slow year in books.  :( The first is from Military Mode Publishing and it is titled WW 1 British Battle Insignia by Kevin Beckhurst. Yes the ox train arrived :o after a year. I like what I see in the sample  pages lots of pictures of how the insignia is placed on the uniform. Second is  Horse Archers weapons Vol 1 & 2 By Gyozo Somogyi. :o I have the whole series and I like them very much 8) They are in English and Hungarian . Third is The War Of the Triple Alliance by Gabrielle Esposito printed by Winged Hussar At first I was a bit apprehensive about this publisher because of other books they printed and did not get great reviews  :o So I got on the phone talked to the owner and he stated they had worked out the problems. I think this well be a great book to have about a little known subject. This author has done Several Ospreys this year and I recommend these also  1.Armies of The Italian Wars of Unification 1848-1870 Vol 1  8) 2. Armies of the First Carlist War due on 12-19-17  3. This book well be out next year Armies of Early Colonial North America 1607-1713. As for Osprey well there are a lot of titles in the Men at Arms Series to chose from . I like these little books for painting :o I know there are a lot of more books out there that go into more detail and I have them but if you get paint on them no major lose and they are getting better in there art work and material.  An for the guys with deep pockets there are always Verlag Militaria  German Artillery 1870-1914  Belgium Uniforms of WW 1 and the latest German Pioneers 1870-1914. Willie ::)
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Post by: willie on November 24, 2017, 01:13:50 PM
Well it came today :o Horse Archers Weapons Vol 1 by Gyozo Somogyi   8) Lots and lots of color in it  and equipment clothing, harness, weapons and flags. So lets start with what it covers Scythian-Saka People  4th-1th century BC. Parthian  People 1st BC-3rd AD . Sasanian Persian Empire 3rd-7th centuries. The Hun Empire in the 5th century. The Avars in the 6th-9th. centuries. Sogdia & Khorezm 7th-8th centuries. The Turk & Uigurian people in the 8th century. Tibet in the 8th century. Chines in the service of Tibet. Last is the Kyrgyz just one print but I think it well more in Vol 2 . If you are looking for something else to paint you have a open section to choose from ::) I wish that they made some sets of these people  ;D So now off to order Vol 2 :o I think that there are two more books on medieval Knights in Hungry  :o Willie       
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Post by: Hannibal on November 24, 2017, 06:15:44 PM
This collection is gorgious, the paintings are really fantastic!! I bought two from the XIII-XIV century!!
Available via Amazon...
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Post by: willie on December 08, 2017, 05:16:18 PM
Ok today I received one of my birthday presents. Riding into the Twilight.  This book covers a lot of  information on the German Army's Last Cavalryman 1920-45 . I know that my farther would have liked this books since he was in the First Cavalry Division 7th Cav in World War  II . His division was mounted until they went over seas to Australia. They also patrolled the border  :o I like it because of all the horse equipment in great detail, and the formation information in it. It is printed by Tiger III Books ???   Its not cheap but if you are interested in Cavalry its worth it 8) Willie
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Post by: willie on December 16, 2017, 07:43:25 PM
Well it came today The War of the Triple Alliance,or the Paraguayan 1864-1870 by Gabriele Esposito.  One of the longest Wars in South America and one of the most deadliest wars in the 19th century. The art work is out standing  :o done by Giuseppe Rava who has done illustrations for Osprey. Printed by Wing Hussar Publishing. I have another one of there books about the 30 years war. They did a outstanding job on this. I hope this is the start for bigger and better books from them. The following countries are covered Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay. Along with the Osprey Men at Arms Series on this period of history you can paint a lot of interesting figures.  :o Willie
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Post by: willie on January 13, 2018, 07:46:29 PM
Does anyone  of are French members know what is going on with Histoire & Collections  ??? Every time I go onto there web page I get that they are off the web and reworking it :o I tried Casemate  in the states and they told me that they had changed owner ship. :o Also that some of there books they where advertising would not be sold here in the states. I was able to pick up a old book Military Bands and there Uniforms. It was printed in 1978 by Blandford Press. Some good information about bands. Willie
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Post by: BobLeighton on January 14, 2018, 06:12:52 AM

New Book
Otto Gottstein & the golden age of the Zinnfiguren
Adrian Forman has mentioned that he expects to publish this book this year. He has said that the book is with his Publisher now.
No details of the cost or of the exact publication date.
Some more details are available on his website, just insert Adrian Forman in Google and his is the first one that pop's up
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Post by: Hannibal on January 14, 2018, 01:28:10 PM
useful if an e-book version will exist...
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Post by: willie on January 29, 2018, 01:58:38 PM
Well my second volume of Horse Archers Weapons II got here :o   Once again Gyozo Somogyi  has done a out standing job ;D This volume covers Bulgarian, Khazar, Alan Sabre .Bridles ,Saddles Hungarian. More Hungarians from the 9th-10th century's , Pecheneg  11th century, Cumanian 12th century, Khitan 12th century,  Tatar, Mongol, Seljuk 14th century. Mamluk 14th century Persian 16th century, India 16th century, Mogul 16th century, Nogat &Crimean Tatar 14th-17th century Turkish 16th century, Sipahi 16th century, Hugarian 16th century, Polish 17th , Russian 16th century, Japanese 17th century, Manchurian 18th century, you could say the late 17th century also. So there are two new ones in this series on medieval knights. :o I will let you know how they are when I get them. Willie   
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Post by: willie on March 18, 2018, 09:50:50 PM
Hi Brain. When you where talking about things to engrave for new figure I came across Frank Frazetta  book vol 3 and the picture of Flashmen on the charge poster 101 and The Western Paintings of Frank C. McCarthy some nice ideas in there Willie
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Post by: Brian on March 19, 2018, 10:06:34 AM

Have to agree Willie, and the McCarthy paintings are so good
This is the one that has to be done!!!  ;)
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Post by: willie on June 18, 2018, 02:43:41 PM
Hi all well I am back :o Now to come up to speed. First  Samurai Warriors by Stephen Turnbull. This was printed in 1991 the Blandford series I like book and he is a great author on the subject and this series runs from Uniforms to Aircraft. In this day and age they just fit right in both for space and budget. Second is Ceremonial Uniforms of the World by Jack Cassin-Scott & John Fabb by Arco publishing ??? printed in 1977 . I like it its a nice little book with lots of ideas for painting flats  :o you could paint Life Guards ,Palaces Guards and so on ??? Second Osprey is coming out with some neat Man at Arms Series one is on the Dutch Army in the East Indies. Willie
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Post by: willie on July 11, 2018, 01:15:30 PM
All hands on Deck :o Today I received a very neat book which I ordered in June. The Fighting Ships in the Royal Navy  897-1984 by  E.H.H Archibald printed in 1987 . There are a lots of books that are printed on the Royal Navy but this is outstanding in regards to the different ships in the History of the Navy. It is a Blandford series composing to volumes  wood and Iron. I know a lot os you guy and gals are not into Naval but this book covers a lot of information color and black and white views of ships along with flags and ammunition  :o It has a lot of ideas you could use to make Diorama with flats.  So take a look and let me know what you think
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Post by: willie on July 12, 2018, 07:08:18 PM
Along with the Royal Navy book I also received a old Blandford Book Balloons and Airships . Its a small book in that series they had and I believe that there is Zeppelin set of figures. :o There series range from military uniforms to planes, trains, ships and automobiles .  ;D Willie
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Post by: willie on July 27, 2018, 10:01:21 AM
Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa  :o Just was on the Berliner Zinnfiguren  page and there is a new book out about the 30 years war all done in flats . Das Heerwesen des 30 Jahrigen Kriges Darestellt in Zinnfiguren 1618-1648 It is in Paper Back  8)   Let me know what you think about it. Willie
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Post by: snagy on July 30, 2018, 01:01:18 AM
It looks promising!
With plenty color pictures.
I order it - thank you for the info, Willie!!
Here is the link: (