Wargaming on a Budget: Gaming Constrained by Money or Space

Published: January 8th, 2011     
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Author: Iain Dickie
Reviewed by: 
Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Company: Pen and Sword Books Ltd
ISBN #: 978-1-84884-115-4
Other Publication Information: Paperback, 6 x 9.5, 176 pages
Price: $29.95
Product / Stock #: 9781848841154

This new book from Casemate Publishing is on how to Wargame on a budget because of how expensive it can be or when you don't have a lot of space. Ian Dickie shows you how you can enjoy this hobby without the large expense and a smaller amount of space if need be.

The book is divided up into 10 chapters not including an introduction. They are:

  1. Resources
  2. Basic DIY      
  3. Making a Table
  4. The Playing Surface
  5. Figures
  6. Terrain
  7. Man-Made Features
  8. Ships and Planes
  9. Storage and Transportation
  10. The Game

This book is a great guide for someone who is thinking to start out with wargaming and isn't sure whether they would be able to do it because of money or space. The author starts out right from the beginning and seems to answer every question I could think of about what to do. He really knows the subject and also adds a little humor in the telling so that the subject matter doesn't get boring.

This book is also a great reference to use later, when you want to mold figures, run campaigns, or make buildings. One example I have was when one of my friends was having a hard time molding a nose for one of his airplane kits. I told him about this book and he was able to review the section on molding figures and the information helped him put the vent holes in the proper places on his mold (pages 37-38). The result was a bubble free nose. Another section I was really interested in was chapters 6 and 7, not only is it good for wargaming but it will also help on your diorama skills.

I highly recommend this book for wargaming and also for different aspects of model building as well. Not only was it informative but it was enjoyable to read. I'm very pleased to add it to my model reference shelf.

Thanks to IPMS/USA and Tara Lichterman at Casemate publishing for letting me review this book.

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