Book Review: Wargame Terrain and Building: The Napoleonic Wars

Book Review: Wargame Terrain and Building: The Napoleonic Wars
by Tony Harwood
Published by Pen and Sword Books.

Wargame Terrain and Building: The Napoleonic Wars – Publisher’s website

Wargame Terrain and Building: The Napoleonic Wars on Amazon.

Tony Harwood, author of several well-received volumes on building wargames terrain is back with Wargames Terrain & Buildings: The Napoleonic Wars.

In 160 full color, glossy pages, Harwood offers step by step instructions on building nine structures to grace your Napoleonics wargames table. The instructions are accompanied by explanations of techniques and skills and list of tools and materials.

The projects included in the book are:

  • Russian Windmill
  • Two Storey French Farmhouse
  • La Belle Alliance
  • French Pigeonnier
  • Stone well
  • Russian Granary
  • Die Kleine Backerei (German Bakery)
  • Hungarian Chapel
  • Peninsular Diorama.

The buildings in the book are targeted at the Napoleonics gamer,but really, given the longevity of architectural styles, they can be used in a wide variety of games. For example, I think that the Hungarian Chapel will look perfect as a piece on my Victorian gothic horror skirmish wargames table.

I’ll also note that the techniques Harwood describes are generally applicable to all sorts of wargames terrain construction. In that respect, I think this book could be useful for anyone engaged in wargames modeling.

Raging Bulls Print-and-Play Roll-and-Write Game

Raging Bulls is a free print-and-play game that uses the roll-and-write mechanism. In the game, you build fences to enclose and separate bulls. Fence post position is chosen from the dice you roll.

ECW Reference Works

Mike Cannon on his miniature wars website has this select list of English Civil War reference works. The original list comes from Steve Pickstock via the Yahoo WECW list. Given the growing popularity of the Warhammer English Civil War rules, this is sure to be useful to wargamers.

Ironsworn Free RPG

Ironsworn is a fantasy RPG that can be played with a traditional GM, as a co-op, or solo game. In this setting, players are heros pursing quests. There is a free downloadable version, as well as commercial soft and hard cover editions.

Random Solo Adventures: Ghost Manor

Ghost Manor is a solo adventure based on the Random Solo Adventure system. The author writes:

Ghost Manor is a FREE tiny Random Solo Adventure.

At 37 pages, it takes you on a quick, but fun, journey through a random haunted mansion, filled with ghosts, spirits and even werewolves! Spend a night and gain a fortune…

The book is based on the Random Solo Adventure rule system, though a bit minimized for the free version.

This is released for FREE (or pay what you want – all support is appreciated and makes it possible for us to continue create new gamebooks!) for anyone to download and even spread further to your friends and family.