"Eight Banners and Green Flag" (see Thursday 26th May for cover) by Michael Fredholm von Essen - Pub: The Pike and Shot Society ISBN 978-1-902768-33-5
Subtitled "The Army of the Manchu Empire and Qing China, 1600-1850", it covers not only 250 years but also areas held by the Chinese (Ming & Qing), Mongols & Tibetans. A pretty comprehensive book and well worth the £10. I wanted more information on the Qing's enemies but I guess that you can't have everything.
If you see the Pike & Shot stall at any show, and have any interest in Chinese affairs of this period, then go and buy it.
Monday 4th July 2016 - WDW
DBM - Nikephorian Byzantine v Communal Italian - off to a slow start (1-1-2-2) but luckily the ally was paying attention. The game never really speeded up. My (left) command was fighting against two others - one half creamed the enemy knights - the other half went down in droves. Meanwhile the Georgian allies not only failed to break the opposition - they lost heavily. The Byzantines may live to fight another day but will have to do some substantial recruiting.
On the only other table - Andrew & Jim played a WW2 tank fight with home-grown rules. I got the impression that more work needs to be done to improve playability!
Very sparse attendance and no football excuse either.
Wednesday 6th July 2016 - recovering from my calling session at Barkstone Ash I finished off three more elements:
Left back - later Spanish Bd command - Left front - sword & buckler men (Bd)
Right - early Spanish Bd command
The blue and white flag looked ok from a distance but doesn't bear close inspection. I will re-paint it in due course. All these are for my DBA-RRR armies of course.
Some of my readers / viewers might be suffering a bit of deja vu. With the acquisition of more Conquistadores I have been able to swap some figures around and substitute where appropriate. This means more consistency regarding helmet / hat types etc so that I can differentiate between Portuguese, Spanish and English forces.
Have been adding steel to my khaki and brown (WW1) hordes. Wish I could paint as fast as Tamsin ('Wargaming Girl').