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Wargames Terrain and Buildings: North Africa and the Middle East (Paperback)

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By Tony Harwood
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 152
Illustrations: 350 colour
ISBN: 9781526716439
Published: 5th March 2020


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The Middle East and North Africa have been the backdrop for many conflicts through the centuries, making them a popular setting for miniature wargames. Whether you are fielding your Parthians against invading Roman legions, Crusaders against Saladin’s Saracens, recreating Lawrence’s exploits in Arabia, or trying to halt Rommel at El Alamein, this book will help you set the scene for your games.

Expert terrain modeller Tony Harwood takes the reader through a range of projects step by step, from selection of materials to the finished items. Each stage is illustrated with colour photographs. The projects have been selected to provide a useful range of features but also to introduce materials and techniques the reader can then apply to further buildings and terrain pieces. Included are a range of traditional mud-brick dwellings/shops, mosque, well, palm trees, well, rocky outcrop, Bedouin tent, El Alamein railway station, Sudanese huts, colonial river gunboat. They are easily adaptable to different scales. Suited to novice and experienced modellers alike.

We are facing another very useful manual by Tony Harwood after his excellent debut with the book dedicated to the buildings and land of the Napoleonic Wars. Obviously here we are faced with buildings and land that can be used for a very large period of time, given that some buildings have remained unchanged for 3000 years . This only makes this book even more useful to the model maker and diorama maker as well as to the simple wargamer.

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On The Old Barbed Wire

The popularity of wargames has been increasing and it is a part of the total process. This book provides a beautifully illustrated guide to modelling terrain and buildings that is suitable for the most experienced and the novices. It covers the Middle East and North Africa from Ancient History to Modern History. – Highly Recommended.

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To my novice eyes this looks to be a rather useful guide to the topic, and it certainly has me inspired to give it a go. All I need now is an excuse to build a model hut!

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History of War

When I first saw this book, I thought "Why would this be of interest to me?" However, after reading it from cover to cover and making extensive notes, I realised that this is just the sort of book every modeller needs. It is written in plain speech, making it easy for the beginner and expert alike, starts with simple projects and gives hints on what and where to obtain materials. The author is not afraid to include items that have been " donated" from other models, which I am sure most of us do anyway.
I am really impressed with this book and would certainly recommend it to others. I would add one note of caution, the author does not include any interior detail in the models. He builds them "in block". I am happy with that, but others may feel the need to add extra detail, in which case, this book will only be a beginner's guide. Most of us though, will find it thoroughly enjoyable with plenty of "now why didn't I think of thats" and "I think I can use that". I know I definitely did!

If you get the chance, buy this book and any of it's companions, they are well worth it.

Rating; an excellent 5/5

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

This is one of the books that most war-gamers who like building their own terrain from scratch should have this gem on their bookshelf.

This is one of the reasons why I like this book and Tony’s previous edition, because in this age of great MDF kits the art of scratch building terrain seems to be loosing its appeal and with it the skills required to build scenic pieces for the tabletop.

I’m tempted to have a go at building a 15mm gunboat, though I’m not sure what I’ll do with it, once I’ve built it. Yet it does look like a fun project to get my teeth into.

This book will appeal to both the beginner and the more advanced hobbyist as there’s plenty to offer both in this book.

Irregular Magazine, Spring 2020 – reviewed by Jason Hubbard

Each build is well described and every step illustrated with photos of the builds in progress. All have a listing of the resources used in each build, some excellent examples of scratch building. These are not only cheaper than buying fully finished buildings but it will give more originality to your collection and of course, the fun of making your own. Another excellent book for wargamers and modellers.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

Having ‘got into’ 28mm figure painting this book is part of a natural expansion into terrain and buildings to accommodate the eclectic troops accumulating on display and waiting for a campaign! This very useful book explains techniques to create buildings common in North Africa and the Middle East and shows how simple (sic) it is to create the necessary stock from readily available materials. Of course, the constructions are finished with exceptional painting and this book is a very welcome addition.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

About Tony Harwood

Tony Harwood (aka Dampfpanzerwagon) is a very experienced maker of miniature wargame terrain and buildings and well known in wargaming circles for his informative ‘how-to’ articles and books. He lives in Droitwich near Worcester.

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Wargames Terrain and Buildings The Napoleonic Wars (Paperback)

Any miniature wargame is greatly enhanced by realistic and evocative scenery and buildings, but commercial ready-made pieces can be expensive. Building your own can be a cost-effective and very rewarding alternative, another hobby in itself, but it can be hard to know where to start. Wargames Terrain and Buildings is a series of books aimed at giving wargamers the skills, techniques and guidance they need to create their own stunning and practical model buildings. In this volume, master modeller Tony Hardwood shares his years of experience and presents the reader with a wide range of projects…

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