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KaiLarson Inactive Member04 Jan 2013 2:20 p.m. PST

I'm curious if anyone games with 1:1200 scale ships? I've only ever seen games with 1:2400 and smaller. If so, what rules are you using?

Allen57 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2013 2:31 p.m. PST

Many, Many years ago we played Fletcher Pratt rules with 1/1200. It took up a whole basement floor.

1/1200 ships became too expensive and the area needed was too large for such games to continue.

I would not recommend the Pratt rules. Way too fiddly for my tastes.


Mako11 Inactive Member04 Jan 2013 3:31 p.m. PST

Yes, but primarily coastal forces actions, with destroyers and smaller.

Would love to game with some big boys at a convention, with lots of space.

Sundance Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2013 3:42 p.m. PST

Just coastals.

whoa Mohamed Inactive Member04 Jan 2013 3:50 p.m. PST

Coastals and destroyers…and sloops and Frigates and mine sweepers ,trawlers and so on …..

John Leahy04 Jan 2013 4:44 p.m. PST

1/700 scale for me.



I am now going to use Naval Thunder.



ecaminis Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2013 4:47 p.m. PST

I have used Fletcher Pratt rules, but most of the time I have used Clear for Action. They do take up a lot of room, but I like to be able to see them( the eyes just aren't what they used to be).

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian04 Jan 2013 4:54 p.m. PST

Yes, on the patio or driveway.

Allen57 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2013 6:47 p.m. PST

Thinking further I have also played coastal warfare using 1/1250 but that too has been a few years. Going to have to dig out the eboats and Fairmiles again. Used schnellrules for schnellboots for those.

Like the bigger ships and used to have a bunch of 1/700 but never gamed those. Too much space needed. 1/4800 is my current scale for WWII.

ptdockyard Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Jan 2013 7:52 p.m. PST

I do, using GQIII. I find I don't need a gym, just the living foom when the family is gone. Been collecting them since 1968.

EJNashIII04 Jan 2013 8:44 p.m. PST

"I'm curious if anyone games with 1:1200 scale ships?"

Go to the big HMGS conventions. They usually do a big 1:1200 game on Sunday. From the 2013 Cold Wars PEL (March 7-10):

Z-160 Pursuit of the Goeben August 1914
Sun. 10:00 AM, 4 hrs, 10 players
GM: Dave Emdee
WWI 1:1200, Rules: Victory at Sea
SMS Goeben is loose in the eastern Med heading for Constantinople. The British 1st Armored Cruiser Squadron stands in her path in a do or die effort to sink Goeben. Battlecruisser vs. 4 Armored Cruiser in a tough battle.
Rules taught (3 minutes at most)

idontbelieveit04 Jan 2013 8:52 p.m. PST

There used to be a group that used them for games on the floor at Little Wars.

I remember playing with them at scale in high school and college. One of my friends managed to get his hands on the tennis courts in college for a post WW1 battleship game. I think the Colorados opened fire at 80'. Good times.

David Manley04 Jan 2013 11:49 p.m. PST

I use 1/1200. "Action Stations" for coastal games on my tabletop. For bigger games (usually on the lounge floor, patio or for relaly big games a village hall) I tend to use a variant of the old Skytrex WW2 rules. We used the same rules for our 1/600 refight of North Cape on board HMS Belfast on the 60th anniversary of the battle in 2003.

Schogun Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2013 6:10 a.m. PST

Way back when, my group gamed 1/1200 naval also using Fletcher Pratt's rules (modified, of course). Between four of us, we built close to 750 ships from balsa wood and wire. Then we started on WWI.

Luckily the basement in my house was unfinished so we had the room to play.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2013 6:43 a.m. PST

Many years ago, we played 1:1200 in the parking lot
behind the FLGS on Sundays.

Fletcher Pratt's were the rules used and binoculars
were necessary !

I still have the USN British Navy recognition set, part
of which we used.

paul liddle05 Jan 2013 8:39 a.m. PST

Yes, I even managed to game on a 6x4 table with a collection based around the Airfix set.for rules I adapted GW's Battle Fleet : Gothic.

Whiteylegs06 Jan 2013 5:39 a.m. PST

Paul – any chance you would be willing to share the naval rules you use? I am a fan of BFG myself and always thought it would be a good base for a WWII naval game…

Please let me know.


paul liddle06 Jan 2013 8:30 a.m. PST

Andrew, I wouldn't like to fall foul of copyright law, but I'm sure that you could adapt BFG yourself.


Joe Legan Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2013 2:42 p.m. PST

Yes I game with 1/1200. Destroyer stuff and smaller. Have some of the stories on my blog. I am using my naval rules which are in playtest; Release the Hounds.



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