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Directors (in alphabetical order) Phil Barker, Steven Bowns, Chris Hanley, Sue Laflin-Barker and Nigel Spinks.
Secretary: Steven Bowns. Chairman: Sue Laflin-Barker.
Address: 173 Mill Road Cambridge CB1 3AN, England.

Our long term aim is still to produce as many as possible of the original WRG books as quickly as possible.

NEW EDITIONS

Many of our rules are available from Blackhat. To order copies from Blackhat please click here.

De Bellis Magistrorum Militum Version 2.1.
DBMM was a radical development of earlier rule sets which kept many structures and much of the basic data. The most major difference was simulating command and control more realistically and in particular emphasizing the C-in-C's plan. This inspired its title, "For or about the Wars of the Masters of Soldiers". It has been used in a large number of competitions around the world, as well as several of the large multi-player historical refights organised annually by the Society of Ancients and the earlier versions have been translated into several other languages. VERSION 2.1 is now available and is a hardback edition containing updated rules, extensive diagrams and a few sample army lists. To order a copy from Amazon UK please click here.


DBMM Army Lists
These are revised editions, produced by Phil Barker, for use with the De Bellis Magistrorum Militum wargame rules.
BOOK ONE 3000 BC to 500 BC "The Chariot Period". To order a copy Please click here.
BOOK TWO 500 BC to 476 AD "The Classical Period" To order a copy Please click here.
BOOK THREE 476 AD to 1071 AD "The Early Medieval Period" To order a copy Please click here.
BOOK FOUR 1071 AD to 1525 AD The High Medieval Period To order a copy Please click here.


De Bellis Antiquitatis Version 3.0 published September 2014.
DBA is a set of quick-play rules with army lists for ancient and medieval wargames. DBA Version 3.0 updates the highly successful De Bellis Antiquitatis wargame rules for recreating ancient and medieval battle with miniature figures. Further testing with the help of a large group of players all over the world has resulted in a set of rules which approximates more closely to what is known about ancient warfare than any of the earlier versions while still retaining the ability to provide and fast and enjoyable game. This edition contains the new DBA 3.0 rules, a set of diagrams to explain aspects of the rules and over 300 army lists covering the whole period and the whole world with description and further reading for each army.
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Hordes Of The Things Version 2.1 Published March 2014.
Simple Fast-play Fantasy Wargame and Campaign Rules with Army Lists. These rules for heroic fantasy wargames stem from our alternative ancient and medieval rules titled "De Bellis Antiquitatis". We see no reason why fantasy warfare should not be as well researched as any other, the difference being thatthe sorces are classical mythology, traditional folk tales and epics and the works of modern fantasy fiction and cinema. Army lists referring to specific works of fiction are included by the express permission of the authors when living. HOTT strikes the balance between humans and mythical creatures and between conventional generalship amd magic withour letting unwanted complexity slow things down. The result is a fast, fun and challenging game which captures all the variety and adventure of fantasy battles.
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Storming the Schwaben Redoubt by Steven Bowns & Nigel Spinks. Second Edition 2016.
On 14th October 1916, the 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment,supported by other troops of the 49th Division, stormed and held the Schwaben Redoubt, a key fortification in the German Defences on the Somme that had resisted at least six previous attacks. The assault, which cost the Batallion over 200 casualties, led to no less than 42 gallantry awards and was described by Field Marshall Douglas Haig as "one of the finest feats of arms in the history of the British Army". This account describes the events of the day, the experiences of those involved and the technical and tactical innovations that were such a feature of the action.
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To contact any one of us, please email our Christian name @wrg.me.uk

REPRINTS OF OLD EDITIONS
Alphabetically by Author

The Armies and Enemies of Imperial Rome by Phil Barker published 1981.
Long out of print, The Armies and Enemies of Imperial Rome has been a source of inspiration to wargamers and academic historians alike. It is reprinted here in its complete 1981 fourth edition with an updated bibliography. The book spans the period from 150 BC to 600 AD and describes the forces of the later Roman Republic and the Byzantine wars as well as the armies of the heyday of the Roman Empire. Coverage of Rome’s enemies includes Gallic, British, Pictish, Scots/Irish, German, Dacian, Sarmatian, Frankish, Saxon, Vandal, Visigothic, Ostrogothic, Hunnic, Pontic, Parthian, Armenian, Jewish, Palmyran, Sassanid and Blemye armies. It examines tactics and strategy, organisation and formations and orders of battle as well as providing a detailed guide to the dress and equipment of the armies of the period. Comprehensive illustrations by Ian Heath complement Phil Barker’s text and the result is a wealth of information for anyone interested in the warfare of the time.
Hardback ISBN 978-1-326-22482-0 Click here to order your copy .
Softback ISBN 978-1-326-54901-5 Click here to order your copy .


Armies of the Macedonian and Punic Wars by Duncan Head. published 1983.
"Armies of the Macedonian and Punic Wars” is an important member of the WRG Ltd “Armies and Enemies” series. First published in 1983, it has long been out-of-print and we are delighted to make it available once more.
It includes details of Persian, Greek, Boiotian, Spartan, Athenian, Phokian, Aitolian, Achaian, Tarantine, Syracusan, Macedonian, Thessalian, Successor, Antigonid, Epeirot, Ptolemaic, Kyrenean, Seleucid, Pergamene, Bactrian and Indian Greek, Maccabean, Thracian, Bithynian, Illyrian, Scythian, Bosporan, Sarmatian, Saka, Parthian, Indian, Carthaginian, Numidian, Spanish, Celtic, Galatian, Roman, Latin, Samnite, Campanian, Lucanian, Bruttian, Apulian and Etruscan armies.
Hardback ISBN 978-1-326-56051-5 Click here to order your copy .
Softback ISBN 978-1-326-25656-2 Click here to order your copy .


Armies of the Dark Ages by Ian Heath. published 1980. Hardcover. ISBN 978-1-326-23332-7
Long out of print, Armies of the Dark Ages has been a source of inspiration to wargamers and academic historians alike. It is reprinted here in its complete 1980 second edition with an updated bibliography. The book spans the period from 600 AD to 1066 and describes Byzantine, Sub-Roman, Pictish, Irish, Visigothic, Lombard, Merovingian, Carolingian, Ottonian, Viking, Russian, Slav, Avar, Khazar, Magyar, Bulgar, Pecheneg, Ghuzz, Alan, Armenian, Sassanid, Arab, Andalusian, Near Eastern, Saxon, Norman, Italian and Spanish armies. It examines tactics and strategy, organisation and formations as well as providing a detailed guide to the dress and equipment of the armies of the period. Comprehensive illustrations complement the text and the result is a wealth of information for anyone interested in the warfare of the time.
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Armies of Feudal Europe by Ian Heath. Second edition published 1989.
Long out of print, Armies of Feudal Europe has been a source of inspiration to wargamers and academic historians alike. It is reprinted here in its complete 1989 second edition with an updated bibliography.
It includes details of armies from Andalusia, Bulgaria, England, Estonia, France, the Holy Roman Empire, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, the Ordensstaat of the Teutonic Knights, the Earldom of Orkney, the Papal State, Poland, Prussia, Lithuania, the Low Countries, Kievan Russia, Scandinavia, Scotland, Serbia, Sicily, Spain, Venice, Wales and Wendland.
Hardback edition ISBN 978-1-326-68621-5 Click here to order .
Paperback edition ISBN 978-1-326-25652-4 Click here to order


Armies of the Greek and Persian Wars by Richard Nelson. published 1975. Hardcover. ISBN 978-1-326-25649-4
Long out of print, Armies of the Greek and Persian Wars was one of the first titles in the WRG series of army books. The original text and illustrations by Richard Nelson are reprinted here in the 1975 edition. This book covers the period from 500 BC to 350 BC and describes the wars between the Persian empire and the Greek city states. It is organised into three separate sections. The first describes Greek and Persian troop types, and the typical army compositions, and then deals with the Great Persian Wars in some detail. The second section describes Greek troop developments after this conflict, and the Peloponnesian War within Greece. The third section details the developments in the Persian Army following the time of Xerxes, and the various campaigns of the 4th Century B.C. as the Greeks took the offensive against Persia. In all three sections typical campaigns have been described in some detail. It has been thought better to cover such items as typical army size, composition, tactics and strategy in this way, particularly as they were under constant development, rather than to have sections giving general guidelines which might be open to misinterpretation.
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Warfleets of Antiquity by Richard Nelson. This book, written in 1973, is for readers interested in the naval history of the ancient peoples of the Mediterranean. The period covered starts with Greek and Phoenician vessels of 800-700 BC and includes ships up to 800 AD. The aim of the book is to fill a gap by concentrating on the practical aspects of naval warfare in antiquity, and the battles selected for description are intended to show the development of tactics and strategy, rather than illustrate the general history of the period. It includes descriptions of the ships, crews, tactics and campaigns of Greek, Persian, Carthaginian, Hellenic, Roman, Celtic, Germanic, Scandinavian and Byzantine fleets.
Hardback edition ISBN ISBN 978-1-326-78664-9 Click here to order
Paperback edition ISBN 978-1-326-60030-3 Click here to order .


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