Wargames Terrain & Buildings North Africa and the Middle East
This new book is the second in a series for Wargaming terrain published by Pen & Sword. This book specifically focuses on buildings and terrain for Africa and the Middle East.
The structure of this book is based on an introduction to the author’s techniques for building terrain for war-gaming. The book starts with an overview of important tools that a modeler will need to complete builds for their games. This is followed by sections that focus on the paints and materials that are used in the individual builds.
After the introduction, the bulk of this book is taken up by a series of builds that are intended to show off a range of techniques for building buildings. There are four main sections, each section focuses on a specific type of building or terrain and attempts to display a basic structure that can be improved in subsequent builds. Each subsection is designed to build on the skills displayed in the last subsection.
For each build, there is a starting image that is followed by the build of the structure. This is accomplished with a number of images and text covering the build in progress. The end of each build lists the materials and paints used throughout the build. The last part of the book is a comprehensive glossary section. This is used to define the materials and techniques that the author covers in the main book section.
This book is a good overview of techniques that can be used to enhance or create visual interest of your wargaming board. It sets out to arm the reader with a number of ways to complete this goal. I do think that it largely completes this goal and that the book is well worth picking up if this is something that you are interested in. My only criticism is that I wish the builds contained more detailed plans. In each build there are dimensions for the finished structure but not anything that is sufficiently detailed to exactly recreate the exact structure that is covered. In my mind having the detailed plans, especially for the first structure in each section, would make it much easier to follow along with the builds as they progress.
Overall, I do highly recommend this book as a great resource for a first-time wargaming modeler that wants to learn how to build terrain. This book has a pretty specific goal and I think for the most part it accomplishes that goal very well.
Thank you to Casematerd for the review sample and to IPMS-USA for letting me review it.