A new book incoming on Waterloo from a celebrity author
So close your eyes quickly and take a guess at who you might think that author might be.
OK, you can open them now!! 8O)
The book Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles is written by Bernard Cornwell who is of course no stranger to writing about Napoleonic warfare … albeit from a more entertaining, heroic, sanitised and not strictly historic point of view.
For the more curious of the dear readers it is possible to read an excerpt from the book. In a way the writing is reminiscent of a Sharpe book but perhaps that’s not a bad thing if one is after a more rollicking and less stuffy read.
A reservation that von Peter himself invariably has with books on Waterloo – especially some of those out of the United Kingdom – is the old …
“we heroic Brits beat down that damned Boney chap despite those allies we were lumbered with and the late arrival of the Prussians who only appeared once the battle was won”.
Obviously that is a bit extreme but hopefully the dear reader gets the idea. During his tender and formative years von Peter himself extracted from the library and read many a tome on Waterloo and it is his considered consideration(!) that he was lead well astray on the actuality of Waterloo by many of them. The grudge is still held but it was a salutary lesson all the same. The “Three Armies and Three Battles” part of the title does give one a reason to hope … but we shall have to wait and see.
The book is due to be published in the United Kingdom in September 2014. You can pre-order the book on Amazon (click here). Interestingly Amazon report the retail price as £25.00 but they will sell it to you for £17.00 for the hardcover. That level of discount on a new release book is being paid for by someone. I wonder what impact such discounting has on any plans for new books by authors and publishers. Anyways the book will also be available fas a paperback £8.99 and a Kindle Edition £8.54 according to Amazon.
An Impetus Magazine
von Peter himself makes a mostly daily visit to the suspect pleasures of The Miniatures Page (TMP). I say suspect because there seems to be something of a bullying and vindictive culture that rapidly comes to the fore in some of the discussions. So much so that some valued contributors – at least in the somewhat jaundiced eye of von Peter himself – have been driven from TMP. That aside von Peter himself keeps an eye on the Hobby News section as many – but by no means all – new hobby releases are reported there.
One such item that caught the eye of von Peter himself was the news of the release to come in the – presumably northern hemisphere – fall of an Impetus magazine. von Peter himself has played a few games of Impetus and thought that there was definite potential there. The original ancient period Impetus rules have spawned several other presumably similar rule sets for differing periods and this magazine will have articles related to several of them. From the TMP article …
We are proud and excited to announce the launch of Impetus Magazine. First issue will be released this fall.
It will be a digital magazine, and will not only cover Impetus, but also Baroque, Smooth & Rifled, Koncordia, Breaking News, Lords & Servants (medieval skirmish game out this fall as well), and all future games released by Dadi & Piombo Publishing.
It will include fictional and historical scenarios, game reports, rules variants, tutorials, articles on game tactics, and all that is needed to provide good support to our games.
The magazine will be a periodical, with one or two issues per year. It will be available as a PDF through Wargame Vault and Ganesha Games’ shop at $2.99 USD.
At $2.99 USD there is not much to loose so von Peter himself may very well pick up a copy
As ever do not be forgetting to <click> on any image for a larger and clearer view.
Until we meet again …