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.

Building Starship Troopers Bug Tunnels

Pictors Studio has a tutorial on building bug tunnels for your Starship Troopers games. They are constructed out of pink insulation board and look quite nice.

Greek Village Model

Eye candy time. Greg Kelleher has built a nice greek village for DBA.

Making Scenic Bases

A good miniatures paint job can be ruined by bad basing; on the other hand, a miniature with an average paint job can really be enhanced by an inspired base. Here’s some advice on making scenic bases for your miniatures.

Vintage WWII Posters

A nice touch that can make your WWI and WWII terrain more realistic is to put posters on the walls of your buildings. What you need to do is find a site that has pictures of such posters and save the images using your web browser’s “save image as” option. Then you can resize the image using a paint program — or even a decent word processor (import the image into a blank page, then reasize it by grabbing the handles. Once you have the proper size for your figure scale, print it out with a color inkjet.

All you need to do is find the right site. Fortunately, I’ve done that for you. It’s here.