In the early fifteenth century artillery and the hand-held firearm were rapidly superseding the bow and edged weapons, and for the next 250 years 'pike-and-shot' prevailed. Gunpowder so dominated the battlefield that armour, except for the helmet and breastplate worn by heavy cavalry and pikemen, was discarded. It was an era that had many positive forward steps in the art of warfare and is particularly attractive for simulation in miniature because of its colour and brilliant commanders; it is packed with tactical innovations, and many of its battles were fought in compact areas with small numbers of men arriving on the battlefield because of the difficulties of travelling on the few bad roads that were available, and because of an often less that perfect intelligence system, the need to protect communications, and the chronic financial troubles that made it hard even to pay national troops, let alone hire mercenaries. The days of the massed levy had yet to come, and cash was often the controlling factory over the size of an army.
This is a Grimsby Division ex-library book with the usual stamps and markings on the front free end paper, publisher's page, rear end paper and the lower text block edge. There is a protective film on the covers but it has a rash of raised spots which are noticeable but do not obscure the illustration. Corners are lightly bumped and text block edges have a few slight marks.
Fifteen battles are described and each battles is illustrated by two maps. Appendices cover Rules for Wargamers, Availability of Wargames Figures and Terrain.