Next, comes the small Oil Painter's Pocket Palette by Rosalind Cuthbert. This is not a handbook on every aspect of painting with oils. Rather, Cuthbert's book provides basic guidelines on how oil colors work and how to achieve more than 600 color mixes with a very modest number of basic colors on the palette. Even if you are mixing on an old chipped saucer or plate! You will learn how to mix various skin tones, oranges, purples, greens, and the like. A section of the book that I find particularly interesting is the one having to do with glazing, that is overpainting with transparent colors. If you are looking around for a way to take your brushwork to a higher level, and want to give painting with oils a shot, the Oil Painter's Pocket Palette is a concise and highly useful addition to your library.
Finally, we finish this morning with the delightful Wargaming in History, Volume 4 by Charles S. Grant with his children Charlie and Natasha Grant. This title sees a return to the Seven Years War and is chock-a-block with information on, and photographs of, Charles's armies, his particular approach to wargaming, the actual political history and military background of three key battles from the SYW, and how to translate all of that to the tabletop. There is also a truly fantastic chapter on the origins and evolution of hussars (my personal favorites despite the difficulty in painting them), featuring the artwork of R.J. Marion, who has done color uniform plates for the previous two WIH titles by Charles.
While I enjoyed last year's Volume 2 on the War of Austrian Succession, it seemed slightly off relative to Volume 1 and the War Game Companion. Volume 4, however, sees the series back on form. There is lots more I could say about the book, which I received, indirectly, as a Christmas gift from my in-laws, but I don't want to spoil anything for those of you who have not yet seen it. Suffice to say, this is one wargaming book you don't want to miss. If you purchase only two hobby titles in 2012, one of those should be this one. The other should be the forthcoming Wargaming Compendium by Henry Hyde, but I am getting a little ahead of myself! In short, there is a lot of interest in Wargaming in History, Volume 4, and you get a great deal of bang for your buck with it.