The skill and detail in Andy's models is an absolute delight, and he shares his skills in a host of well explained hints and tips of how to build your own WW1 trench models, adding the lovely WW1 Tommy's War figures, plus doing some straightforward conversions with them as well. You will also gain a greater understanding of the way the famous trench systems of the Western Front were constructed by the 3 main nations involved, Britain, France and Germany. Definitely one I'd recommend.
Wonderfully presented, great pictures, background information and tips. My congratulations to Andy Belsey, I say you've created a gem.
A very good book for anyone interested in this conflict. The construction of every type of work on the Western Front is presented in great detail. This then gives instruction on how to achieve the same result.The illustrations are superb and th whole book is well worth a place on the shelf. Brilliant publication.
Excellent title, packed with information & good-quality photographs, & laid out in an easy to read format. Step-by-step descriptions of all the vignettes included, & tools, techniques & colour guides. Highly recommended! "
This fascinating book has a somewhat misleading title that doesn't do it full justice. While the ostensible subject is modelling this is, in fact, a deeply researched and highly informative study of trenches and field fortifications on the Western Front during World War 1 more generally. The author is, he tells us, 'a modelmaker who enjoys history' and his skill both as a modelmaker and as a historian is evident throughout....One of the best modelling books I have read this year and the historical research that underpins it really makes it a book that deserves to be on the
shelf of everyone with an interest in World War I. Highly recommended.
I have had the great good fortune of working with archaeologists excavating British and German trenches on the Western Front in both France and Belgium. This led to the opportunity to work with film directors such as Sam Mendes and Stephen Speilberg to build trench locations for films such as '1917' and 'War horse. Andrew Belsey's book 'Modelling World War 1 Trench Warfare' came as a revelation. Drawing on unimaginable skill in creating miniatures and backed by in-depth research his book is a 'must have' volume for modellers, but will be a useful guide for armchair historians of the period and battlefield tourists. It should be on your book shelf or better still in your car as you tour the battlefield where, very largely, the trenches are now the 'battlefield beneath our feet'.