Cue a 1p + postage purchase on Amazon, and I have a copy myself.
Being second hand it has some nice patina - a message in the front showing it was a Cornish holiday present for James in 1993 from his parents, and an AD&D card still tucked in as a bookmark:
Perhaps this lawful-evil warrior, Vance, will appear as an NPC in a campaign at some point...
The book is fabulously illustrated by Chalk, often several to the page. Most of them are black and white, but there are a few primary-coloured page spreads as well. I prefer the b&w ones, like this fabulous dwarf wizard:
or this shifty thug keeping an eye on the revenant in the next frame:
There are also plenty of Oldhammery photos of great miniatures, which aren't actually out of focus despite the motion-blur evidence below:
I was pleased to see that all the detachable sheets in the back were still there:
I haven't done more than scan the rules yet, but they seem to be the furtive love-child of a traditional Napoleonic ruleset of the late-80s, and some D&D house-rules. This is not necessarily a bad thing! I quite like the idea of simultaneous actions based on order chits and the importance of commanders and would be happy to give them a play at some time. The emphasis on the quality of troops, rather than racial aspects, has strong similarities with the currently (and rightly) very popular Dragon Rampant.
Needless to say, Fantasy Warlord did not succeed in its aim to dislodge WFB as the fantasy ruleset of choice - indeed it seems to have been fairly poorly received with particular disapproval reserved for the brightly coloured pictures. This set me thinking, though, what other mass fantasy battle rules were published in the mid-80s to mid-90s? Going back a little to D&D days, I know the medieval ruleset Chainmail was intended to be used for larger encounters, but I'm totally ignorant of any other deliberately fantastical sets. Can any of you enlighten me?