Friday, 28 May 2021

Booking a good piece of business

I saw gentleman wargamer, David Crook's blog on Monday evening.

http://awargamingodyssey.blogspot.com/2021/05/a-civil-war-too-far.html

A cheeky message on the blog, a quick exchange of e-mails and a box full of lovely books was delivered to the Schloß on Friday. Beautifully boxed and wrapped, and in beautiful condition. I get to augment my ECW library and Mr C gets to reinvest in core projects. Win-win.


  • A couple of Stuart Reid's (including one on the later war in Scotland which I know next to nothing about), 
  • an Old School classic, 
  • a couple of rule books (and more in the Portable P&S Wargame), 
  • an addition to my regional themed ECW collection , 
  • a general survey of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, 
  • a massive atlas, 
  • a general intro to the ECW and, 
  • a thematic tome on the experience of war in the ECW. 

The last described, an unexpected bonus, looks like it does for the ECW what Duffy did for the 18th Century in his Military Experience in the Age of Reason, one of my all time favourite history books. Ausgezeichnet!

The new Command Centre cannot come quickly enough, as there is no shelf space in the Schloß*. Said project took another little step forward on Friday with the site electrical survey. The building should be ready for the Autumn manoeuvres.

* the Margravina has been expanding her botanical collection at the same rate as the library. There is only going to be one winner in that arena, and a good captain must choose his battles carefully.

17 comments:

  1. Wow! You struck gold! This is a great start to an ECW library or augmentation to an existing one. Many of these are among my favorites.

    Congrats!

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    1. Indeed. I can see why Mr C bought them in the first case. And there is only a minor cross-over with my existing stock.

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  2. Splendid library, a win win situation for all concerned.

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    1. Well it isn't a win for anyone who wants to talk to me over the next few months. ;-)

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  3. Hello old chap,

    My pleasure entirely and I am pleased that they will be gracing the shelves of the new Command Centre in due course!

    All the best,

    DC

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  4. Hello old chap,

    I forgot to add that the reinvestment is underway - suffice it to say that the ACW naval library has gained a couple of very tasty titles and that project x will get some TLC!

    All the best,

    DC

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    1. Excellent. Intrigued about Project X. Have started on the Portable Pike & Shot. Very interesting.

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  5. The FK&P book and the Portable PS Wargame books are good scores by themselves! A lovely haul, sir!

    Also smart thinking regarding the Margravina.

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    1. It must be all that reading about the eighteenth century I've done over the years. I've always been more of a Daun than a Frederick.

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  6. I like for king and parliament and the Haythornthwaite is an old friend!
    Best Iain

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    1. The Haythornthwaite was one of the first book I bought on the period, and is a valuable starter. Now I've got two copies, one will be on its way to a new home.
      Not looked at FK&P yet.

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  7. Great acquisitions. I thoroughly endorse FK&P, too!

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  8. That's a great selection! Charlie Wesencraft's book is a nice old-school read, lots of ideas and with scenarios covering just about every battle, which may be pretty useful.

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    1. It is indeed. One of the two “swapsies” to come out of the batch. One of my favourite books.

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  9. WOW! A ton of good books there! Enjoy!

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