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carojon06 Aug 2022 1:00 a.m. PST

To help promote International Naval Wargames Day and the thrills and spills of playing games with model ships, I got together with friends earlier this week to recreate two historical scenarios from the classic age of sail using the collection of 1:700th model ships.


Today's celebration of all things naval wargaming couldn't have come at a better time as I have just completed writing up fifty of an initially planned one-hundred historical small ship scenarios gleaned from the pages of William James' classic naval history covering the early years of the French Revolutionary War and am in the process of play-testing them with friends from Devon Wargames Group.


The scenarios have been designed to build a structure around the Meeting Engagement and Chase situation that came to characterise many of these historical fights, with the opportunity for one situation to easily revert to the other but with the players having to take into account the requirements of the situations based on those faced by their historical predecessors that are built into the victory conditions, together with the results they achieved compared to those achieved on table.


Much fun was had recreating these classic actions, one from 1793 off Long Island, New York, and the other from 1796 in the Caribbean off Guadeloupe, so if you would like to see how things played out, then just follow the link to JJ's.



Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2022 3:19 a.m. PST

Excellent stuff, well done!

carojon06 Aug 2022 4:28 a.m. PST

Thank you David, much appreciated.


Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2022 6:28 a.m. PST

And we're doing a slightly fictitious encounter between the Japanese fleet and the Russian Pacific fleet somewhere in the Yellow Sea in 1905. We'll be using my 1:2400 Panzerschiffe pre-dreadnought ships and David's "White Bear/Red Sun" rules. Report to follow later.

And JJ, those are very nicely done sailing ships!


carojon07 Aug 2022 1:24 a.m. PST

Hi Jim,
As Captain Jack Aubrey might have said in response to your planned game;

"I wish you joy in it"

Thank you and have fun

Joe Legan Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2022 6:14 a.m. PST

Great stuff. Great way to "play the period". Bravo


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