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Uniforms référence books

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Uniforms référence books
Posted by Bleiz on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 9:38 AM

Hi all

Do you have recommendations for reference books for ancient and medieval uniforms?

Uniforms is a bit of a poor choice of word as there was no real uniformity then.

I have some Osprey men-at-arms books and Funcken books. Are they reasonably accurate? 

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 6:44 PM

I do like the Osprey books of their various series. The artwork profiles are usually good for references.


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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Thursday, August 22, 2019 11:44 AM

I like Osprey, too, though I only have their books on the 18th century armies, no ancients, so I can't speak to the accuracy of that specific range.

Same goes for Funcken.  I've got Funcken books on 18th century armies.  They have good text (albeit in French, which I can read, slowly), and the illustrations are pretty good.  But I think they've since been overtaken by newer authors and titles.

I do recommend visiting Berliner Zinnfiguren's website,, and browsing their Books catalog.  There has been a lot of content published on the ancients in the past 10 years or so, especially on the Romans, and the Germans love that subject.  You might find some books there that will prove useful.

Hope that helps!

Best regards,


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