Of the twenty-five top selling titles, sixteen are naval / maritime based title. Now this shouldn't really come as that much of a surprise, in the past naval titles have done really well in the New Vanguard series. NVG 109 Imperial Japanese Navy Aircraft Carriers 1921-45 was the runaway success of 2005, taking us all by surprise and selling out its first print run in the month it was released. It has gone on to be reprinted seven times and is now one of the most popular New Vanguard titles of all time.
But despite this, 16 of the top 25 selling books is a surprising result for maritime New Vanguards. I have listed the naval titles in a list below, with their position in the top 25 selling books this month in brackets after the title.
- NVG 151 Kriegsmarine Coastal Forces (1)
- NVG 148 US Patrol Torpedo Boats (3)
- NVG 146 Imperial Japanese Navy Battleships (4)
- NVG 154 British Battleships (5)
- NVG 74 British Motor Torpedo Boat (9)
- NVG 88 British Battlecruisers (10)
- NVG 149 Tudor Warships 2: Elizabeth I's Navy (13)
- NVG 55 Kriegsmarine U Boats 2 (14)
- NVG 59 German E Boats (15)
- NVG 91 German Destroyers (16)
- NVG 51 Kriegsmarine U Boats 1 (17)
- NVG 118 US Submarines (18)
- NVG 135 Imperial Japanese Navy Submarines (19)
- NVG 71 German Battleships (21)
- NVG 81 German Heavy Cruisers (22)
- NVG 96 Spanish Galleon (24)
So, what is going on? Have all the armour modellers suddenly turned their attention to modelling naval subjects? Is it just that it is harder to find books on naval subjects than it is to find books on tanks? And seeing as you want to see more and more naval titles in the New Vanguard range, what other naval New Vanguards do you want us to do?
Luckily, in 2009 we have another 7 naval New Vanguards on the way - including titles on British Battleships in World War II, Ships of the American Revolutionary Navy and Landing craft!