...its an autographed copy of Frank Chadwick's Combined Arms!
This was totally unexpected. I ordered it with Amazon.com through one of their third party vendors. It was relatively inexpensive. I have the feeling that the vendor had no idea the author's signature was on it. Nothing was mentioned in the description other than it was in good condition. According to my peeps over at the Facebook 1/285 Scales Miniatures and Wargaming page, their reserved copies of a rule book has a sticker added and were autographed. Cool beans! Now I have to look at my other GDW books to see if they have them on there. I went to college at Illinois State University during the late 70s and early 80s. ISU is in the town of Normal (yes, that's the name of the town), Illinois, which was the publishing headquarters of GDW. You could go into their office and buy rules books there, which I did.
As far as the rules, I've only spent all of 10 minutes reading them over, but they pass my test that if I can understand the mechanics on the first pass of reading, it's got a lot going for it. It focuses on mid-1980s potential NATO vs. Warsaw Pact conflicts, which is the latest tend. I think I can figure out those of AFVs and weapons not in the rule book using stats from other rules like FFoTs.
I still haven't playtested the various rules I have for microarmor like I had planned in an earlier post, but when I do, these will be in the mix.
As a separate issue, I've noticed that there are some older posts that are duplicated. Sort of annoying. Anyone else have that issue with blogger?
French Indochina Armour - This is out in February and I think I might pre-order a copy. Whatever you think of the vagaries of the Osprey Publishing series, the Vanguard titles are...
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