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Tabletop Battle Tactics Book 1

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Based on a series of articles written by the author for Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy magazine, this is the first of two volumes that pull together all that tabletop tactical advice under a single cover for easy reference.

Wargamers interested in any period from ancients to WWII will benefit from the oversight and advice contained in these pages, outlining how each troop type evolved its own tactics to counter its enemies and make best use of new technologies as they arose.

The advice contained here will help you make the best of your infantry, cavalry, artillery, chariots and elephants, through to the radical changes brought about in, for example, artillery from the late 19th century onwards. Most of the information is completely generic, with a few examples to help you understand how different arms and tactics are represented in popular rulesets like Black Powder, Hail Caesar, Chain of Command, Warhammer Ancient Battles and others.

The content spans the globe, launching you from ancient Greece, Rome and Byzantium, soaring across medieval and renaissance Europe, and taking in the conflicts of more recent times that might be in Russia, the Western Desert, Iraq or Afghanistan.

And you don't have to be a historical wargamer to benefit from these tactical lessons: mass battle fantasy players will find useful information here too, realising that a regiment of dwarves armed with spears really isn't that different from a regiment of ancient Romans!

Informed by Henry's more than five decades of experience in the hobby, in which he has suffered both victories and defeats, this book effectively summarises that vast experience and condenses it into a series of lessons that you will find informative, entertaining and, most importantly, extremely useful when planning your next battle!

This version of the book has deliberately been designed in black and white to facilitate easy and cheap printing at home if your want your own hard copy. Further versions in colour and as print-on-demand are planned.

Note that the number of photographs varies between formats owing to the differences in layout restrictions with Kindle and other ebook variants.