How many Ospreys in your collection


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How many Ospreys in your collection

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sep 4, 2006, 10:09am

If you're a historical miniature gamer you have Osprey books. I used to look forward to the quarterly release of the Men-at-Arms series. They were generally pretty mainstream in their topic choices. Now, with all the different series, I don't bother trying to keep up.

I have 118 different Osprey titles-mostly Men-at-arms, with some Elites, Warriors, Campaigns, etc., etc., thrown in. I used to think that was a lot, but considering the number of Osprey collectors around, and the number of new releases each quarter, that's nothin'.

My first men-at arms title, actually a Hippocrene book, was The Kings German Legion, by Otto von Pivka, cost $3.95. I bought it in 1974, still have it, and believe it's still one of the best.


sep 4, 2006, 10:40pm


I have roughly 34 Ospreys on my shelves, with 'roughly' meaning that there are a few that will be leaving my collection and that there are a few hiding in boxes or under 'something'...


sep 17, 2006, 6:07pm

I bought my first Osprey back in the 70's as well, mostly just the Napoleonic and WW2 Men-at-Arms. I still will pay full price for a new Napoleonic one, but wait for the others to show up in a used book store. I also like the Battle Orders and Aircraft of the Aces series, but with the price and the frequency that new Ospreys come out, it's impossible to keep up with them. They also seem to be repeating some of the same subjects they've done earlier, some they are doing better and in more depth, others not so much.

sep 28, 2006, 2:03am

I never owned more than a dozen over the years. In my heyday I was painting Napoleonics and I used this wonderful book, Uniforms of the Napoleonic Wars, 1796-1814, written by Philip Haythornthwaite. I highly recommend it for the brief but useful overview of the units and the detailed colour plates. Best of all it covers all the units you would expect plus many minor players.

okt 7, 2006, 11:12pm

Only a few for me:
B-29 Hunters of the JAAF
Saladin 1187
Normans,Saxons,and Vikings

Looking at two more of the Aviation Elite units series,Sturmgruppen and Defense of the Reich Aces.


okt 8, 2006, 4:51am

Damn...I thought there would be people with loads of them.

I think I may in be in the minority...112 Ospreys....fairly evenly distributed across topics, but weighted towards the Second World War and the American Civil War.


okt 8, 2006, 10:10pm

Mine are spread out fairly well too from the Ancients to WW2; heavy in Napoleonic and WW2, but nothing after WW2.
I'm curious if there are any comments about one of the newer Osprey Men-at-Arms on the Japanese Naval Landing Forces in WW2, where color photos of a cherubic lad and a mannequin in uniforms replace most of the center artwork? I personally prefer the artwork, and then have color uniform photos throughout the text. Unfortunately, if they added more color to the Men-at-Arms series, they'd undoubtedly raise the price.

mar 14, 2007, 1:50pm

I have a total of 8, all Napoleonics and all recently purchased. That number is deceptive though, as I always used to check them out of libraries....I'd just never bought any before. Counting libraries, I've probably had at least 60 titles pass through my hands at one point or another.

mar 14, 2007, 10:16pm

A very quick count turned up about 95 - various periods from Rome to World War II -- and including campaigns, battles, tanks, and aircraft. I tend to look for them on the rarer subjects that are of interest, things for which there aren't a lot of readily available sources. I also like some of the battle books for hand reference during battlefield walks - orders of battle, good general maps for large movements, etc.


mar 31, 2009, 8:11am

I have 57 of the standard Osprey (Men At Arms, Elite, Warrior and New Vanguard) plus 12 of the 'combinations' those books that combine several of the older books together. Some of them (such as Soldiers of the Dragon mean that I have the four books and a collection in one - I didn't realise until I bought it what I was getting D'oh


maj 1, 2012, 1:40pm

320 (Elite, Men-at-Arms, New Vanguard, Vanguard, Warrior plus sundry aircraft).

maj 1, 2012, 3:43pm

I've got only one - Chancellorsville 1863 - which I got as a freebie from a book club.

Like some above, mind, I've consulted a number, I just don't actually own them.

sep 1, 2012, 5:39am

I own 64 of them, all series considered, and have consulted many, many more over the years. With some subjects they are the only freely available information in english on their subject, and at worst they are a useful summary and basis for more research.