Steampunk Soliders: Uniforms and Weapons from the Age of Steam

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cover52440-mediumFor fans of Steampunk and alternate history the book Steampunk Soliders: Uniforms & Weapons from the Age of Steam is a fantastic addition to the bookshelf. Phillip Smith and Joseph McCullough work as a great team to compile descriptions and images for this work.

The book is segmented into different chapters featuring particular countries. It lovingly takes traditional national uniform concepts and makes them a little more steam and gear-oriented. The best examples are perhaps The Blackwatch uniform of a man in a copper suit wearing a kilt and the traditional samurai suit turned into a tank-like creation. Some are simple changes, merely with a steam-powered weapon attached. Each image comes paired with a brief description of what is pictured and how it affected the countries listed before the great (and fictional) War of the World.

Steampunk Soliders: Uniforms & Weapons from the Age of Steam features only one female representation; a Russian peasant woman equipped for serious battle. I would not mess with it. It was nice to see her inclusion, though I would have enjoyed seeing more female representations.

Steampunk Soliders: Uniforms & Weapons from the Age of Steam is now available from Osprey Press.

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