Some interesting things were delivered whilst we were awayPosted: April 28, 2016
The book was one of Osprey’s latest publications, IMPERIAL CHINESE ARMIES 1840-1911.
It was written by Philip S Jowett and illustrated by Gerry Embleton and is No.505 in the ‘Men-at-Arms’ series (ISBN 978 1 4728 1427 2). It is divided into a number of chapters with the following titles:
- Conflicts with external enemies
- The Armies
- Character of the Imperial Army
- Uniforms & Equipment
This book fills a niche in my collection and will hopefully spur me to sorting out the small collection of Chinese figures that i have in my collection of 15mm-scale wargames figures.
I bought this game for a number of reasons, including:
- Nostalgia: Like so many wargamers of my generation, my first ‘proper’ wargames were fought using Airfix figures and tanks, and buying this game seemed to be the obvious thing to do.
- Interest in the period: I grew up with stories about the Second World War, and it has always been one of my wargaming areas of interest. For this reason I seem – over the years – to have collected quite a few sets of rules etc. and if for no other reason than that, I wanted a copy of this game.
- Interesting design features: I have met one of the designers at COW (Wargame Development‘s annual Conference of Wargamers) and he has promised to demonstrate the game at this year’s conference. As I know that he designs games with interesting features and mechanisms, it struck me that having a look at the game before the conference might be a good idea.
I have yet to take the components out of the box and to use them … but rest assured that when I do, I will write a blog entry about my play-test.