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Bob the Temple Builder21 Jun 2018 6:13 a.m. PST



This book was written as a follow-up to THE PORTABLE WARGAME and DEVELOPING THE PORTABLE WARGAME to show examples of naval wargames that can be fought on a gridded tabletop. The book contains six sets of rules (three of which are from the PORTABLE NAVAL WARGAME stable), four explanatory battle reports, and a chapter that explains ‘How to …' build simple model American Civil War ironclads. The book is aimed at the wargamer who wants to include aspects of naval warfare in their wargames, and it has been written with the intention that it will be suitable for both novice and experienced wargamers.

This book contains chapters entitled:
• Introduction
• Notes and explanations
• Grids: Their advantages, disadvantages, and usefulness in naval wargames
• The Game of Naval Blockade
• ‘Prepare for Ramming!'
• ‘Prepare for Ramming!' … in Action
• The Portable Naval Wargame: American Civil War
• The Portable Naval Wargame: American Civil War – How to construct simple model ironclads
• The Portable Naval Wargame: American Civil War … in Action
• The Portable Naval Wargame: Pre-dreadnoughts
• The Portable Naval Wargame: Pre-dreadnoughts … in Action
• The Portable Naval Wargame: Dreadnoughts
• Mimi and Toutou Go Forth
• Mimi and Toutou Go Forth … in Action
• Developing some of the rules in this book: Ideas, suggestions, and notes
• Coastal Operations
• Selected Bibliography
GRIDDED NAVAL WARGAMES: NAVAL WARGAMING IN THE AGE OF STEAM, IRON, AND STEEL is published by Eglinton Books and distributed by It has 136 pages and contains over 175 illustrations and diagrams. The book is available in three versions:
• Hardback: £16.99 GBP (ISBN 978 0 244 68854 7)
• Paperback: £7.49 GBP (ISBN 978 0 244 38854 6)
• eBook: £3.99 GBP (ISBN 978 0 244 08856 9)
NB. The eBook is already on sale on Amazon for slightly less that £3.99 GBP.

23rdFusilier Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2018 7:02 a.m. PST

Thank you! Followed your development on your blog and this looks excellent tried your rules with my Spanish American war ships and they provided a fun and fast game that everyone enjoyed. Just bought and download a kindle copy of the book. Good luck!

keithbarker21 Jun 2018 7:53 a.m. PST

Whats you blog address?

Bob the Temple Builder21 Jun 2018 8:20 a.m. PST


My blog is called WARGAMING MISCELLANY and can be found here = link

David Manley21 Jun 2018 8:36 a.m. PST

An excellent addition to the naval wargamers' library :)

Allen5721 Jun 2018 9:51 a.m. PST

Bob, Just ordered your book. Looks interesting.

What is that blue hexgrid used in the photo on the cover?



Bob the Temple Builder21 Jun 2018 10:32 a.m. PST


The hexes are blue Hexon II hexes. They are 10cm from face-to-face. They (and some Heroscape water hexes) are featured in the book alongside some hand-drawn square grids drawn on blue mounting board.

Bob the Temple Builder21 Jun 2018 10:33 a.m. PST

David Manley,

Coming for you, that is a great compliment! Tanks very much for your kind words!

McKinstry Fezian21 Jun 2018 10:49 a.m. PST

Got in on Kindle and on a quick read, I like it!

battleeditor Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Jun 2018 3:29 a.m. PST

Congratulations, Bob! Well done and I look forward to an ever growing Cordery section on the shelves.


arthur181522 Jun 2018 6:17 a.m. PST

Although it doesn't cover my naval wargaming preference – Age of Sail, the book is full of interesting game systems that have the great merits of being both short and playable, whilst generating believable results.

The hardback version has been very nicely produced and would not look out of place alongside classics like Featherstone's War Games – but has better illustrations!

Like Henry, I look forward to owning a collection of Cordery Portable Wargame books.

coopman23 Jun 2018 6:41 a.m. PST


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