Wednesday, 23 November 2016

New Wargaming Stock

We taken the opportunity of a recent restock to expand our range of titles published by the History of Wargames Project.  

These include studies of wargaming in the C19th and early C20th; classic texts by authors such as Donald Fetherstone, Phil Dunn and Stuart Asquith; and professional wargaming during the Cold War.

For more details of these and other titles, see our Modelling and Wargaming section.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

The Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge

We are pleased to announce that, for the third year running, Diplomatist Books is a sponsor of the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.

The Challenge is an event around the painting of wargaming figures, open to people of all skills and levels of productivity.  It's a friendly competition in that the 'challenge' is to meet a target you set yourself and the fellow painters are invariably supportive (despite some banter between old-timers!).   There is no adversarial judging - indeed this year's theme is fellowship and camaraderie.

Nevertheless, prizes are given by popular vote, at the discretion of the organisers and for various bonus rounds.  We will be offering a £15.00 voucher as one of those prizes.

Read more about the challenge and how to join here.

For those of you of a wargaming bent, stick around as I'll be announcing some interesting new stock here tomorrow!

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Who Is The Mystery Man On the New Fiver?


This morning I received the first of the new £5.00 notes - and a jolly good design it is too!

Now, in case anyone asks you the question at the top of this post, I thought it worthwhile pointing out that we have a whole section devoted to books about and by Churchill.  As a bonus, the majority of them can be bought with change from said fiver!

Sadly the volumes of his collected wartime speeches which have proved so popular have almost all gone now (snap them up while they're still here!) - but we always have our eye out for new titles to add to the list.  The ones below were added earlier this week (as those of you who follow us on Facebook will already know).



Thursday, 1 September 2016

If HG Wells Had Been a Child in the '70s...

New in (just in time for me to take to the Hereward Wargames Show) the newly published wargames ruleset Little Cold Wars.  It will shortly be added to our Wargaming Section, but I don't think I can do better than copying the following from the publisher's page:-
Little Cold Wars: Wargaming the Cold War Using Toy Soldiers by Tim Gow and Bertrand Plastique.  Edited by John Curry.  £12.95.
Possibly the sort of wargame H.G Wells might have developed if he had been a child in the 1970s.  But perhaps not. 
Written by Tim Gow and Bertrand Plastique, the book recreates battles from the era of the Cold War. 
Based on the original ideas of H.G. Wells, this book brings the original toy soldier rules up to date to recreate wars from the time of the Cold War onto the wargamer’s table top or preferably, his lawn. 
The rules grasp the essentials of Cold War combat; movement, close assault, direct fire, artillery and air support. They also include additional rules to cover the complexities of engineering, smoke and the wider air battle. They do so in a style reminiscent of Little Wars, just with tanks and aircraft. 
The book includes a full points system as well as sample army lists from Britain to Yugoslavia. 
For those seeking greater complexity, there are optional rules to cover special forces, large battles, night fighting and hidden movement. 
There are also five sample scenarios to help the new Cold War warrior get started. 
These rules are straightforward, but comprehensive toy soldier rules that allow the wargamer to experience the battles, actual and potential, from those days.  

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

15% Discount on Hereward Show Pre-Orders

On Sunday 4 September Diplomatist Books will be having at stall at the Hereward Wargames Show to be held in Peterborough.

It would be nice if some of you were able to come along and say hello!

We will be bringing along a mix of military history and some other stuff (I don't know why, but my gut tells me this might be a chance to sell graphic novels).  However, as this is the first wargames show that we've attended as a dealer we may get the mix wrong.  Therefore we are offering customers a 15% discount on pre-orders for collection on the day.

There are several good reasons for participating in this offer

  • 15% off!
  • no postage to pay
  • it ensures we don't leave the book you want at home
  • many of our books in stock are single copies - it ensures someone else doesn't buy it first!

If you want to order for collection in Peterborough, e-mail us with the details of your order at

Monday, 15 August 2016

Bon Anniversaire!

"What, no cake?!"

Today is of course Napoleon's 247th birthday.  I'm not going to attempt to write about the many books about the emperor - merely point you our selection of titles on the Napoleonic Wars here.