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Nicolas Trudgian - Air Combat Legends

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A beautifully presented book containing the majority of Nicolas Trudgian’s aviation paintings completed at the time of publication in 1998. The first section is a chronicle of Nicolas Trudgian’s life and career as an artist, by long time friend Martin Sanders.  Part two is a description by the artist of how he undertakes a painting.  The final section contains analysis by the artist of some 31 of his most important paintings, supported by detail shots, pencil sketches and colour plates of complimentary pictures, altogether 57 different paintings are included. 

Overall the book has a very high quality feel with both paintings and pencil sketches reproduced with great clarity and excellent colour.  A special signed limited edition was produced with an accompanying print set, but these are all sold out.

Tokyo Bound

Tokyo Bound by Nicolas Trudgian

Tiger Fire

Tiger Fire by Nicolas Trudgian

Foreword is by Generalleutnant Gunther Rall.

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As a limited edition, In Defense of the Reich sold out very quickly and with good reason, an evocotive picture with superb colours and an excellent composition

Defending The Reich by Nicolas Trudgain

Originally published in hardback, it was later republished in a softback with a different cover.

All images copyright Nicolas Trudgian.

Nicolas Trudgian - Air Combat Legends Volume I

Original cover

Cover of softback reprint

Return of the Hunters

Return of The Hunters by Nicolas Trudgian

The Jolly Rogers

The Jolly Rogers by Nicolas Trudgian



Foreword by General Gunther Rall


31 sections each named by print title


Introduction by Nicolas Trudgian




The Story of a Painting by Nicolas Trudgian



Publishing Information - First Edition (hardback)

Publisher: David and Charles

ISBN: 0-7153-0793-2 

Released: 1998

Size: 13 x 12  inches

Pages: 96

Colour images: 58

Publishing Information - Second Edition (softback)

Publisher: David and Charles

ISBN: 0-7153-1663-X 

Released: 2004

Size: 13 x 12  inches

Pages: 96

Colour images: 58

Limited Edition Version with Prints

A limited edition version of Air Combat Legends was also issued at the time of release in 1998

The Limited Edition was issued with a set of three matching numbered prints: Black 13 being signed by Generalleutnant Gunther Rall. The books were issued with a blue cloth slip case with the artist’s signature gold blocked on the front cover. The books were signed and numbered inside by the artist. The edition size was 650.

Black 13

Black 13 by Nicolas Trudgian

Return at Dusk

Return at Dusk by Nicolas Trudgian

Mustang Over Suffolk

Mustang Over Suffolk by Nicolas Trudgain


Limited edition version:

Sold out, only available on the secondary market.

Original large format version:

Out of print, only available on the secondary market.

Second edition:

Currently out of print.

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