Wargame - The War Of The Roses 1455-1487

Peter Dennis, Andy Callan

Date Published :
November 2016
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Battle for Britain
Illustration :
Color ills throughout
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781911096306
Pages : 48
Dimensions : 11.75 X 8.25 inches
Stock Status : Available


In these books, Peter Dennis sets the paper soldiers of the 19th century marching again across the wargames tables of the 21st. All the troop types of the wars are represented in full colour in a format designed to create stands of soldiers which can be used to re-fight these epic struggles for the control of Britain. Although the figures can be used with any of the commercial sets of wargame rules, an introduction to wargaming and a simple set of rules by veteran wargamer Andy Callan is included, along with buildings, trees and even early gunpowder weapons, fearsome Irish Kern and ruthless European mercenaries.

About The Author

Peter has made his living as a freelance illustrator for 40 years, mostly working on historical subjects, notably in recent years for Osprey in the UK, and for various wargame figure manufacturers in the form of box art. He designed and illustrated Paddy Griffith's 'Battle in the Civil War' which was a new approach to explaining the job of the American Civil War General and was commissioned to do several series of drawings for the new Gettysburg visitor centre. Peter has played with toy soldiers in one way or another for most of his life, and his work and hobby come together in this paper soldier revival project with Helion books. He lives in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, in the UK.

Andy Callan has written many articles in wargames magazines and is renowned for his innovative approach to wargaming.


"beautifully illustrated, full-color paper models representing all of the troop types necessary to recreate battles of the period on the tabletop. .... the books contain instructions for assembly, as well as simple sets of rules by Andy Callan To build your armies, first photocopy the pages with the desired troop types. Then simply cut and paste. In this fashion, you can create as many stands of figures as desired. Don't need Flemish spearmen? Don't copy them. Want extra billmen in livery? Copy away. ... a great way to quickly build playable, good looking armies for the tabletop. Priced between $20 and $30 on Amazon, they are reasonably affordable, even when taking into account the price of the paper and ink. And based on my experience in quickly cutting out a stand of cavalry, I think you could build an impressive army very quickly. I am definitely going to build a War of the Roses army. I may even get the English Civil War book. I have long wanted to have armies for both those conflicts."

- MiniatureWargaming.Com

“… The main rules are sufficiently simple to be easily intelligible by players who don’t possess extensive knowledge of the period and yet have sufficient ‘period atmosphere’ to enable them to recreate the style of fighting in the Wars of the Roses battles without being complex or requiring much mental arithmetic. They will also provide an enjoyable game for more experienced players… Highly recommended for anyone teaching, or contemplating wargaming, the struggle for the English throne in the fifteenth century.”

- Wargames Illustrated

“ … looks like a great way to quickly build playable, good looking armies for the tabletop … I think you could build an impressive army very quickly.”

- MiniatureWargaming.Com

“ … The production values are everything you would expect from such a renowned illustrator as Peter and Helion … Everything is there that you will need to set up your first game except an opponent, a table to play on and some dice…”

- Hobilar: The Journal of the Lance and Longbow Society, April 2017

“Besides infantry, cavalry and artillery, Dennis thoughtfully and artistically arms tabletop commanders with everything from buildings to trees and waterways to create a given period’s scenic atmosphere… These inventive books are recommended because they offer both the beginner and the veteran a quick, easy and affordable way to build up formidable opposing forces. Dennis deserves high praise for launching a revival of the art of creating paper soldiers painted so intricately and brilliantly.”

- Toy Solder & Model Figure

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