Review of ‘Discovering Wargames’ book

Jonathan Aird reviews another classic book by John Tunstill, “Discovering Wargames.” It’s on the Reviews page.

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5 Responses to Review of ‘Discovering Wargames’ book

  1. Mike Crane says:

    Immediately after reading Jonathan Aird’s review of John Tunstill’s “Discovering Wargames,” I went to Amazon and ordered the book. I have heard of it for years and reading Jonathan’s article made me believe that I needed it. I already have two similar booklets by Shire Publications (“Rules for Wargaming” by Arthur Taylor and “Discovering English Wargaming” by John Tunstill) and if it is anything like them it will be an important resource. Thanks for the review, Jon.

  2. Paul Le Long says:

    I don’t have this book but I will look out for it. I have Arthur Taylor’s Rules for Wargaming and absolutely love it – it has a really distinctive feel to it.

    I recently borrowed Tunstill’s Discovering English Wargaming from the library and was really impressed by it. I wished I’d read it when developing ECW rules as it would have saved me a lot of trouble. I was struck by the fact that it tells you all the things that other – perhaps more sophisticated – books don’t bother to say, perhaps because they think it’s too obvious. But some things are only obvious if you know them.

    The Airfix guides are the same – I bought the Ancients one after Jonathan’s review & got the WWII one from the library – they tell you the basic stuff that you need to know, no matter how experienced a wargamer you might be.
    Paul.

  3. JAird says:

    I admit that I am inordinately fond of the Airfix guides – the wargaming ones the most of course but also the modelling ones. Some, like the 8th army and Afrika Corps books gave great ideas for figure conversions and kit bashes to make the “not available anywhere” items that now, of course, we have choices for in plastic, metal and resin.

    In those days though the Airfix guides seemed like the ultimate books of hobby material – and they stand up well today.

  4. Norm Smith says:

    This was the book that started it all for me. A chance discovery on the shelves of an independent bookseller all those years ago. Nice to see it being given life again.

  5. George Arnold says:

    Welcome to the blog, Norm. Feel free to add your comments to any of the discussions here.

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