Sunday, 5 June 2016

Caliver books visit...Ooops

Caliver Books

I decided that over the weekend I would make a detour and visit Caliver Books ( ). It was a quick visit and I wish I had set aside more time for the visit. I also wish that I had taken along with me my camera.
If you have not visited them before, I suggest that you do so. Its an Aladdin's cave of Books, Rules and Miniatures.

It was mind boggling experience and I should have taken my reading glasses along with me, as I struggled to read the titles on some of the spines. I came across numerous books in French on the Napoleonic wars and some really nice books on the various armies of World War 1 at £62 each.  The latter I think will be on my 'to buy' list if I ever get round to doing that period.

I had gone for one purpose only, that was to get a General De Brigade set of rules and look at the Minifigs. Unfortunately I was unable rummage through the Minifigs as they are made to order and us mere mortals are not allowed in to the casting room for safety reasons.

At the end of very short visit, I was a lot of money missing, but  had a carrier bag full of rule books.

General de Brigade and two of the Scenario books.
 My first purchases was the 'General de Brigade' rule book and I also ended up buying two of the Scenario books, which after flicking through I may play using Lasalle to see what the differences are.

In The Grand Manner & Westphalian Guard of the Napoleonic wars
 It has taken me nearly 25 years to purchase a copy of 'In the Grand Manner'. My previously copy had been a photocopied version from my poorer days. In my defence I did not have a lot of money back when these rules came out, they were quite expensive at the time. Now its common to ask £20 to £40 a rule book, back then I was buying £3 rule books. I think 'In the Grand Manner' was in the region of £25.
 The other book I found at the last second was 'Westphalian Guard of the Napoleonic War'. This was a Oh yes moment as we had been discussing the Westphalian Minifigs figures minutes before. It was just what I was looking for and a must if you want to paint up Westphalians. The author also promises a book on the line infantry and cavalry as well.

Blitzkreig 1939 1941
I purchased the 'Blitzkrieg' book on a whim. It has some interesting scenarios in and a quick play set of rules. Once I have had a good read of it, I will do a more in-depth report about this book at a later date.

So that's all for now, I have lots to read and another visit in a month or two is now in the planning.

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