I was fortunate enough to get a few gaming related books this Christmas starting with the Black Powder rules from Warlord.
The rules cover the horse and musket period but have been extended a little to include colonials. The rules are certainly beautifully presented with acres of eye candy. They are based on a core set of mechanics which apply to all the periods with additional special rules for individual periods. The mechanics themselves are fairly traditional but appear to be for those gamers who have large collections of figures and want to get them out and use them without having to learn a completely different set of rules for each period.
The authors have used an entertaining style and have made it clear that they have written the rules for large quantities of 28mm figures on large tables but have provided enough information to enable the rules to be used with smaller scales and tables.
I have played in a couple of games using the rules but I am looking forward to playing one now I actually have the rules themselves!
Next up was a copy of Infantry Attacks written by Erwin Rommel himself.
Originally published in 1937 the book covers his experiences in the first world war (which were extensive) and should provide a real insight to the legendary military leader.
I am really looking forward to reading this one!
And finally I got a copy of The Great Mutiny: India 1857 by Christopher Hibbert which is ideal for my new period.
Now off to do some more basing...