|One side of the wargames room has this wonderful bookcase built by fellow wargaming mate Steve|
Many years ago I decided to commence cataloguing my collection of books in my library and thought it best to start at the largest section - Napoleonic. As you can imagine it is always a task that takes discipline and a meticulous attention to detail. That can be hard when miniature figurines and fighting table top battles are calling your name sooooo close to where you are completing "homework"!
Then of course I had my eureka moment.
Digital photography can be everyone's friend, including the lazy wargamer!
So without any further adieu a few shots of the Napoleonic bookcase shelves including some generic wargaming and uniform tomes.
|A few favourites here. Eltings Swords around a Throne is a cracking read.|
On this first shelf are quite a few very good books that helped the young aspiring wargamer that was me understand the period a little better with every page. Rogers "Napoleons Army" was a pick up at an early wargaming show put on by Mike W and Phil C many years ago. A second hand book trader attended on the first night and was out of stock very early in the piece. A few here that I have only skimmed through. John Eltings book was a great holiday read by the pool in Kalabarri on an early holiday to the north of the state with Fiona many, many years ago.
|The Oman's are an interesting collection. They seem to divide Peninsular purists but I enjoyed them|
|The same applies for this wonderful Greenhill Books collection. Boffins was a godsend.|
I actually managed to grab quite a few of the Greenhill books when Fiona and I were on holiday in England many years ago. A great second-hand book agent selling from his home in Maidenhead.
|I know people have strong opinions about Peter Hofrescher and on a personal level its not good at all. His writing though is first class and the topics he covered were just as controversial.|
On the shelf above is one of my favourite books on my favourite Napoleonic General Prince Eugene. I religiously read this while still in high school while I was building the Army of Italy in 15mm for Empire III games at the Napoleonic Wargaming Society. John Gills books are so informative and the often, at that time, ignored contribution of German units during the period gets a very good going over.
|Well the Napier's are a must for anyone interested in the Peninsular chaps. Christopher Duffy's books are sensational and are so well written that the most complicated scenarios and strategies are broken down and made understandable|
|More John Gills on the 1809 campaign and those wonderful Petre's. Gosh Marshall MacDonald also gets some space!|
|Arnold's books are a sensationally written, deep in detail and some great sources. He is a wargamer as well so an added bonus. The two volume set of the KGL was a great find at a long gone bookshop in Swanbourne called Burridges.|
|Fiona bought me my first copy of Chandlers Campaigns of Napoleon and it is a favourite. The Folio Societies three volume set alongside it is a very nice piece of printing and publishing|
|Great set of books. The CS Grants are wonderful.|
|Some crackers here. The Anatomy of Glory, both first editions. One purchased at Foyles in London for 100 quid! What was I thinking. The three part 1812 volumes were great reads whilst travelling between Perth and Sydney.|
|Lots of general stuff here. Remember when Funckens and Ospreys were nearly our only source for painting guides!|
|Great shelf here - the wonderful Military History Press volumes and the Bucqouys|
|Eltings, Adkins and H&C|
|Digby Smith aka Otto Von Pivka was always a favourite book from the UWA Library. I jumped at the chance to buy my own many years later for $5.00.|
|Everyone loves a Blandford|
|Wargaming books - how much fun it was to discover these in the Midland library as a boy and then get a chance to slowly find copies for sale in second hand bookshops across the globe|
|Wargaming in History from Ken Trotman books are worth their weight in gold for we gamers|
If you are anything like me I am always drawn to another gamers bookshelves to see what absolute treasures they may have and flick through the pages of long sought after volumes. I hope that for some of you seeing the spines of some old favourites may bring some fond memories as they do for me everytime I walk up those stairs.
Best wishes until next time.