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Many of the books are published by Freezywater who have been publishing specialist books on the late medieval period for over fifteen years.

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23 May 2014

Wargames rules

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Conflict at the World's End - fast play Renaissance for small actions.

Impetus Extra - lists, campaigns and rule tutourials.

Pike & Plunder v2.0 - Italian Wars campaign rules.

Conflict at the World's End v 1.5 (Pdf edition)

Wargame rules for small actions 1519 - 1641

Designed by Irregular Wars these rules are for small scale actions from 1519 to 1641. The package consists of five high quality pdfs: rules, army lists, a play sheet, some useful diagrams and a set of optional chance cards.

Size matters
You can order A5/A4 and A5/US letter based editions so please select the correct paper size before ordering.

Version 1.5 - what's new
This version, designed with ebook readers and tablets in mind, adds scenario generation, four exciting period scenarios and nine new army lists.

The rulebook and the diagram supplement are A5 pdfs. The remaining pdfs are designed to be printed on larger paper; either A4 or US letter.

Conflict at the World's End v 1.5
  • £6.00 each.
  • 40 page A5 rulebook with diagrams.
  • 4 brand new scenarios and rules.
  • 37 army lists & 1 playsheet.
  • 1 set of optional chance cards.
  • 1 A5 set of helpful diagrams.
  • Sample pages and army lists.
  • Official FAQ page.
Publication date: Friday, 20 April 2012.

Upgrade v1.0 to v1.5
If you already own a copy of version 1.0 or 1.1 then you can upgrade to version 1.5. for £1.20 (EU), or £1.00 (World). To upgrade and we will send you a PayPal request by return.

Impetus Extra

Fast play rules for Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance games

The first supplement for the Impetus rules including official lists, campaigns and game tutorials. 36, A4 full colour pages.

Impetus
  • £15.00 each.
  • Pharoah's Wars - 7 lists.
  • Hundred Years War - 10 lists.
  • The Italian Wars - 13 lists.
  • HYW campaign.
  • Pavia campaign.
  • Tutorials, flags and errata.
  • Full details.
Please check stock online before ordering

Pike & Plunder v 2.0 (Pdf edition)

Campaign Rules for the Italian Wars

Pike & Plunder is a set of card driven campaign rules for the Italian Wars and comprises a set of five high quality pdfs. During a campaign the decisive battles can be fought with any table-top rule set such as DBR, Maximilian v2.0 or Impetus.

Pike & Plunder is available in both A4 and US letter sizes so before ordering ensure you select the right paper size.

Pike & Plunder v2.0
  • £6.00 each.
  • 30+ page rulebook.
  • 48 Campaign cards.
  • 36 Ruse de Guerre cards.
  • 1 map & counters.
  • 1 large map & counters.
  • Free sample pages.

Medieval reference books

Quality information with lots of flags, maps and illustrations

Hobilar Archive

The first fifty issues on CD

The first CD from the archive contains the issues 1 to 50 of Hobilar, the journal of the Lance & Longbow Society.

First published in August 1991, Hobilar features articles on medieval warfare from the early 11th century to the early sixteenth century, as well as many flags and banners of the period.

To preserve the wealth of information and detail presented in Hobilar over the years the issues have been scanned, lovingly restored, and converted to pdf format.

Hobilar Archive
  • £12.00 each.
  • 50 A5 issues as pdfs.
  • Ideal for ebook readers.
  • Over 2,500 pages of articles.
  • Nearly 100 full colour pages.
  • Indexed by issue, period & flags.
  • Free sample issue.
Publication date: 04 May 2012.

Vexillia Limited is handling all general sales and society discounts do not apply to this item. Members of the Lance & Longbow Society (LALS) are advised to buy their copy from the LALS web shop.

The Baron's War

Collected articles from the Hobilar

An extensive history of the Barons' War in 13th century England. Covers the build up to the War; the Northampton and Lewes campaign; the Evesham campaign; and the aftermath. 68 pages plus 8 colour pages, A5, full cover card cover.

Baron War
  • £12.00 each.
  • Full descriptions of the battles.
  • 13 battle and campaign maps.
  • 8 colour pages with 36 flags and pennons.
  • Wargamers notes
  • Bibliography.
  • Free sample pages.

Marignano 1515: The Battle & The Commanders

Collected articles from the Hobilar

A detailed monograph covering not only the battle but also the 43 commanders of the Swiss, Milanese, Venetians and the French. 52 pages, A5, full cover card cover.

Baron War
  • £7.50 each.
  • Detailed description of the batlle.
  • Two battle maps.
  • 43 Commanders listed and described.
  • 14 full colour flags & banners.
  • Heraldic notes.
  • Free sample pages.

Poleaxed Sourcebooks

Everything a wargamer needs to know about the battles of the Wars of the Roses

A two volume set covering all the major battles of the wars of the Roses:
  • Volume I - First St Albans (1455) to Towton (1461).
  • Volume II - Hedgeley Moor (1464) to Stoke Field (1487).
Both volumes are A5 and card bound.

sourcebook
  • £13.00 for the two volume set.
  • Blazons of major personalities.
  • Detailed orders of battle and maps.
  • Full descriptions of the battles.
  • Special scenario rules.
  • Fully indexed rolls of honour.
  • Vol 1 and Vol 2 free samples.
  • Convert Poleaxed lists to DBM and Vis Bellica.

Standards, Badges & Livery Colours

Still the best work on the subject for wargamers

This 1992 book details the livery colours of many key personalities of the Wars of the Roses as well as illustrating many of the distinctive standards of the period. 50 page volume. A5 and card bound.

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  • £9.00 each.
  • Explanations of standard & liveries.
  • 117 standards described.
  • 36 standards in full colour.
  • 37 badges with black and white illustrations.
  • 68 mottoes listed.
  • Bibliography.
  • Flags available separately.

Heraldic Banners of the Wars of the Roses

Seriously detailed information - not for the faint hearted

This three volume set, completed in 1997, provides both the biographic and heraldic details of over 900 personalities from the Wars of the Roses. Covers both the major and the minor players. Three volume set. A5 and card bound.

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  • £25.00 for the three volume set.
  • Preface.
  • 288 banners in full colour.
  • Over 900 people described.
  • 127 pages of biographies and heraldry.
  • Fully indexed.
  • Select bibliography.
  • Flags available separately.

The Battle of Towton 1461

On Palm Sunday 1461, 70,000 men fought and 28,00 died

Covers the events from Ludford Bridge 1459 up to Towton itself and includes chapters on the battles of Northampton 1460, Wakefield 1460, Mortimers Cross 1461, and 2nd St Albans 1461 to explain why the battle took place. 56 page volume. A5 and card bound.

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  • £6.00 each.
  • Build up to 6 battles.
  • 6 battles described in detail.
  • 8 maps and many illustrations.
  • Roll of Honour for Towton.
  • Bibliography.
  • Flags available separately.

The Battle of Barnet 1471

On Easter Sunday, Warwick the Kingmaker died at Barnet

As well as the the battle of Barnet and the clash between Warwick and Edward IV the volume also covers the events of the Lincolnshire Rebellion of 1470 and the subsequent batttle of Empingham, better known as Losecoat Field. 40 page volume. A5 and card bound.

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  • £6.00 each.
  • Full campaign history.
  • Covers Losecoat Field & Barnet.
  • 8 campaign & battle maps.
  • 2 full colour pages with 12 banners.
  • Flags available separately.

The Battle of Tewkesbury 1471

One of the most famous battles of the Wars of the Roses

An acount fo the military aspects of this famous battle based on contemporary sources plus a reprinting of Geoffrey Wheeler's "Battle of Tewkesbury Roll of Arms" a much sought after reference for wargamers. 56 page volume. A5 and card bound.

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  • £7.00 each.
  • Full campaign & battle history.
  • 1 campaign and 2 battle maps.
  • 80 biographies & heraldry.
  • 4 full colour pages depicting 80 arms.
  • Flags available separately.

Burgundian Army of Charles The Bold

A major work on Charles' army and their standards

An extensive history of the 15th century Burgundian army. The result of four years research covering material previously unavailable in English. 62 page volume. A5 and card bound.

burgundy (4K)
  • £15.00 each.
  • Overview of army organisation.
  • 5 battles & sieges described and maps.
  • 12 colour pages with 92 banners etc.
  • 27 Ordonnance Company standards.
  • 17 Commander's biographies.
  • Bibliography.
  • Flags available separately.

The Samogitians, Sword Brothers and Saule 1260

The result of twenty years research by author Bob Black

Covers the complete history of the Sword Brothers from their creation to their demise following their catastrophic defeat by the Samogitians in 1236. 40 page volume. A5 and card bound.

Samogitian
  • £6.50 each.
  • The Samogitians & Knights of the Sword.
  • The Northern Crusades.
  • The Battle of Saule with map.
  • The Pagan and Christians armies.
  • 5 full page, line drawings of common troops.
  • Free sample pages.
  • Bibliography.

Janos Hunyadi & the Turkish Invasions of Hungary

The result of Twelve years research by author Bob Black

This book is an extensive history of the 15th century Turkish invasions of Hungary. 61 page volume. A5 and card bound.

Hunyadi (4K)
  • £7.50 each.
  • The career of Janos Hunyadi.
  • Roles of Vlad Dracul and Jan Jiska.
  • Battles of Varna, Kossovo, & White Castle.
  • 7 battle maps etc.
  • 16 full colour painted banners.
  • Bibliography.
  • Flags available separately.

Friedrich the Victorious 1425-1476

German Prince Elector of the Holy Roman Empire & renowned military strategist

A well illustrated book covering the reign of an interesting German Prince Elector of the Holy Roman Empire and renowned military strategist. This 1993 book combines history with description of the main military events and heraldry of the period. 52 page volume. A5 and card bound.

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  • £7.50 each.
  • Battles of Pfeddersheim and Seckenheim.
  • Freidrich's military career.
  • Notes on the art of war in the period.
  • 24 full colour heraldic flags and biographies.
  • 4 maps and 2 pages of colour.
  • Glossary of German terms.
  • Bibliography.

Napoleonic reference books

Quality information with flags, maps and illustrations

The Ottoman Empire and the Napoleonic Wars

A guide for wargamers

This booklet covers the Ottoman Empire of the Napoleonic Wars. It is a study of the large armies that fought more major battles against European powers than Prussia and inflicted Napoleon's first defeat at Acre in 1799.

The Ottoman Empire and the Napoleonic Wars was written by W E Johnson & C Bell in 1988. This second edition is much revised and is an ideal complement to the Vexillia range of miniatures.

There is a five page section on organising an army including a useful table showing the differences between the Ottoman armies in Europe, Egypt & the Middle East.

The Ottoman Empire and the Napoleonic Wars
  • £6.00 each.
  • 38 page wargamers guide.
  • 16 line ilustrations.
  • 8 flags in black & white.
  • 1 double page map.
  • A5, stapled, plain card cover.
  • Contents and publication details.
  • Limited stocks.
Publication date: 1988.

Soldiers of the Ottoman Empire (Pdf edition)

A painting guide for wargamers

This guide covers the Napoleonic period (1787 to 1820) but it is not intended as an exhaustive study. Rather, it offers a clear and straight forward reference to help you paint your army for the tabletop. All major units of the Ottoman field army are represented here, as are many of the provincial forces.

Soldiers of the Ottoman Empire was written by Mark Kernan in 2006, primarily with wargamers in mind, and released in conjunction with a range of miniatures now owned by Vexillia. This edition has been redesigned and re-branded.

The guide is available in both A4 and US letter sizes so before ordering ensure you select the right paper size. Once ordered, your rules will be emailed to your PayPal address within 48 hours. Please ensure this is a valid address.

From April 2012 a free A5 version, suitable for ebook readers and tablets, is included with every purchase.

Soldiers of the Ottoman Empire
  • £6.00 each.
  • 19 page detailed painting guide.
  • 16 colour photographs.
  • Details for every pack in the range.
  • Free A5 ebook friendly version included.
  • Free sample pages.
Publication date: Friday, 11 July 2011.

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