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Greatest Wargame Box Covers, Part 6: Everyone Else
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This is the 6th and final list in the series. All wargame publishers that haven't been covered in one of the previous lists are eligible here:

Greatest Wargame Box Covers, Part 1: Avalon Hill
Greatest Wargame Box Covers, Part 2: SPI
Greatest Wargame Box Covers, Part 3: 3W
Greatest Wargame Box Covers, Part 4: GMT
Greatest Wargame Box Covers, Part 5: MMP & The Gamers

Since there's so much ground to cover here, I'll be doing a top 25 instead of a top 10. As usual, thumb/add your own favorites, so that we can make this GeekList of showpiece of some of the very best wargame box covers.
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26. Board Game: Landships! Tactical Weapons Innovations 1914-1918 [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:3044]
Mo Caraher
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Ontario
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"Show 'em what they'll get, Johnny". Okay - trenches, scared, miserable infantry and big-ass, lumbering LANDSHIPS. Great illustration, I think, let down a bit by the second tank drawing near the top, but a strong image nonetheless.
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27. Board Game: World at War: Eisenbach Gap [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:937]
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Oozing with menace, aren't they? I like everything about this cover - the images, the colours and the typeface.
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28. Board Game: The Battle of Monmouth [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:4952]
Peter Pariseau
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Tulsa
Oklahoma
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Clash of Arms could pretty much fill out its own list like this. They have a knack for using dramatic military art and color, as they did here.
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29. Board Game: The Last Days of the Grande Armee [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:5088]
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I've always liked theirs here with a somewhat 'cameo' look for that. cool
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30. Board Game: For Bloody Honor: The Russian Civil War [Average Rating:6.38 Unranked]
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Here's another then.
 
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31. Board Game: Freikorps [Average Rating:6.18 Unranked]
Wolfgang Blum
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Mountain View
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Good game on an interesting subject by Counter Strike.I like the water color effect used for the cover art.
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Mark Paul
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Springfield
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This old TSR game looked like a World War I era poster. "Fight in the Skies" was later released as "Dawn Patrol". That cover didn't have the same zing.
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For its time, this was pretty inspiring. At least... for me... it got me very interested in what SDC was doing. Unfortunately, these guys ended up as an early casualty of the industry retraction... too bad, because I think these guys were doing some pretty inventive work.
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34. Board Game: Triumph of Chaos [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:1491]
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I really like this cover.

It's simple and elegant.

It's evocative of the events covered in the game by using one of the White faction flags (the skull on the black background), which can in and of itself be interpreted as symbolic of the senseless death of internecine warfare.

The Red faction star and gold sickle provides a nice contrast.
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35. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:199]
 
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another good box cover and a great game to go along with it.
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36. Board Game: España 1936 [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:1085]
Elwyn Darden
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Richmond
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It is hard to go wrong with the Spanish Civil War, if you stick with the styles that mimic Republican propaganda.

(Arriba Espana has already been mentioned.)

I refer to myself somewhat truthfully as "famously non-visual" but I recently took time out just to admire this cover. The dramatic braver-than-brave Socialist Realism style on the very cool and calm green background really seems to work.
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37. Board Game: Shock Army [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Elwyn Darden
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Richmond
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Again the Spanish Civil War. Again the stylized poster art, but this time everything in screaming red.

I prefer the contrast in Devir's Espana 1936 (above), but one of my personal torments for years was that when I first saw this game at a store in College Park, MD in the Reagan years, the store went out of business before I bought a copy. I finally got a copy of this game it was in a zip-loc with no coversheet in Bush 41. It took from until late-Clinton to rectify that with a crushed box. It was only recently, late Bush 43, that I finally got a intact box.

Again, as I said above, I am a famously non-visual person, but I really wanted this box.
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38. Board Game: Citadel: The Battle of Dien Bien Phu [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:4485]
Paul Denhup
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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What? No GDW games? I must be getting old...
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39. Board Game: Red Star/White Eagle: The Russo-Polish War, 1920 [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:4234]
Paul Denhup
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Another GDW game. Bizarre art for this cover but the wargame beneath is pretty good.
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40. Board Game: Their Finest Hour [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:5077]
Paul Denhup
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This box cover art sums it up.
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41. Board Game: Pearl Harbor [Average Rating:5.42 Overall Rank:9273]
Paul Denhup
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Always liked this cover.
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42. Board Game: 1942 [Average Rating:5.33 Overall Rank:8956]
Paul Denhup
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The expressions on their faces capture the moment.
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43. Board Game: Blood & Thunder [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:6450]
Paul Denhup
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GDW going for a simple look with this game cover.
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44. Board Game: Blue Max [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:1053]
Paul Denhup
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GDW having some fun with this one. Nice box cover.
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45. Board Game: The Third World War [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:1333]
Paul Denhup
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You know what to expect when you buy this game.
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46. Board Game: Frontline General: Italian Campaign Introduction [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
Byron Collins
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Suffolk
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I'm a fan of Mark Mahaffey's artwork- which is why I hired him for this cover! Can you pick out the 3 civilians in the picture?
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47. Board Game: The Ironclads [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:2178]
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Richmond
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Simple, clean, powerful and evocative both of the period and the game itself. You can play that particular ship on ship action if you are so inclined.

In case you've ever wondered, that's how it looks in the real world when you roll a bucket of dice.
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48. Board Game: Norway 1940 [Average Rating:6.48 Unranked]
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Always liked this one too.
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49. Board Game: Operation Cartwheel [Average Rating:6.88 Unranked]
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I find this one appealing as well. By adjusting the background colors they highlighted the action without complicating the cover.

Haven't tried the game yet. I hope it is as good.
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50. Board Game: Verdun, The Game of Attrition [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:6077]
J.L. Robert
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This cover grabbed me before the game did. Though very simple, aesthetically, there's something very ominous with that gas-masked German soldier there.
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