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.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Something a Little Different

Sometimes in our travels looking for books to sell, I can resist picking up board games or RPG items.  We don't normally sell these on-line, but with our latest purchase I've decided to try out eBay.

It's an Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Fighting Wheel gaming aid.  These were published here in the UK in 1981, but didn't take off - probably because they look fiendishly complicated.  Accordingly, only a run of 1000 of the Number 1 Wheel (Fighters, Paladins, Rangers and Bards) was produced.

The eBay listing is here.  There is no buy-it-now option on it.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Revolutionary Reading

To those of you who celebrate it - Happy Independence Day!

If the celebrations have prompted you to find out a little more about the Revolution/War of Independence, you can find some useful reading in our section on C18th Military History.