Through the smoke and the haze I heard the question. “Do you want to review these?”
“No”, I thought as I flipped open to a random page, “I want to own these!”
And I doubt that I\'m the only one.
A pair of A4 tomes bound in red cloth and held in a similar slipcase, the books contain over 900 illustrations depicting the uniforms of every regiment within the Grande Armée. Painted by Herbert Knötel in a sketchy watercolour style, the color plates perfectly capture the feel of the era and the figures they contain are imbued with a sense of character and nobility. All of the illustrations are accompanied by a short commentary by John R Elting discussing the regiment and its uniform.
Although the format may sound familiar to Osprey fans, this book is so much more than a king-sized Men-at-Arms. It is a work of art unto itself.
Sadly, I know that most people\'s book buying budget will not extend to the $300 price tag (or even the $250 special for pre-orders), but if you are one of the lucky few I don\'t see how you can go wrong adding this to your collection.