Raid 1 - first look at the cover

In Military History
Probably the single hardest thing to do when you are about to launch a new series is coming up with a new cover design. The mantra 'never judge a book by it's cover' is all very well and good. Unfortunately in these days of online shopping the pressure to come up with a fantastic cover has never been greater.

When Osprey launched our latest couple of series, Duel and Field of Glory we decided to use a completely new cover design, instead of the tried and tested Osprey format, and the reaction was so positive that we decided to risk it again with our upcoming Raid series, and went for another unique cover.

For the Raid covers we really wanted to get across the fast paced, action-packed nature of the series. So, we commissioned graphic artist Mariusz Kozik, who has a very distinctive style of illustrating. Using the latest digital techniques he really succeeds in bringing the image to life.

And below is the result - the first cover in the Raid series. Every week for the next month and a half, I am going to reveal the latest Raid cover as they become available. I hope you like this cover - let me know what you think about it!


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cold0 posted on 4 Apr 2009 14:42:00
You are Osprey, not Ubisoft. Back to your "realistic" style, please!
Alessio posted on 29 Mar 2009 19:07:00
To be honest it doesn't impress me but to give a final judgment i would like to see the other ones forseen in the next weeks. Anyway I'll be a big fan of the series and I look forward to buy many of them!
kpkatz posted on 19 Mar 2009 01:46:00
I agree with the previous comments. The cover looks like a comic book or a video game, not a serious piece of historical research.
Les the Easterner posted on 17 Mar 2009 23:04:00
One has to wonder whether the artist also draws for horror and graphic novels. I would hard pressed to treat any book with a cover like this one as a source of serious information. It would be in the same league as using the graphic novel "300" to understand better the Greco-Persian Wars.

Hopefully this cover will never see a bookstore.
templeton posted on 17 Mar 2009 21:05:00
I like it - similar to the Duel series.

Count me in for a pre-order!!!
Darth Maciek posted on 17 Mar 2009 18:33:00
My first impression is frankly negative! This was such an incredible action - and here we do not really see the cliff. In fact, the cover is so gray, vague and foggy, that we can not see much. It is almost as bad as if it was made by Christa Hook (although I guess it was not - because soldiers actually have faces...).

Definitely not a good idea this cover - but as I know Osprey people, they will not care about any comments....
clomas posted on 17 Mar 2009 11:23:00
I'm sorry but to me the cover looks like an old war comic and just puts me off.

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