Friday, 30 November 2012

And now for something completely different...

A few weeks ago, the lovely people at Peter Pig sent me a 20% off reward for services rendered to the wargames retail industry, which I was very nice of them and much appreciated. I subsequently forgot all about it until today, which was somewhat convenient as it was about to run out.

Now, as I have box loads of Peter Pig stuff stashed away in the garage, I was at a bit of a loss as to how best to take advantage of the not inconsiderable discount on offer. In the end, I bought a couple of packs of handgunners to squeeze into the WOTR box then thought to myself, why not try out my new ' things not figures' approach to wargame projects.

As a result, I've ordered three of the Pieces of Eight pirate ships, complete with crew, cannons and some ships' boats. I have the rules somewhere and a large box of untouched 15mm figures that I picked up second hand many years ago, but this is incidental to my thinking. The idea is to write a simple set of 'back of a postcard' style rules for piratical naval actions, rather than use an existing set of rules.

I like the idea of using the club's Hexon system sea terrain as a basis for a set of really idiot proof but fun pirate naval rules, with the Peter Pig ships as a cheap and attractive means of deploying a vessel for each player. This is a bit of a 'stab in the dark' but it'll give me something to do over the holidays and may even end up with a workable mini-project for 2013. the meantime, it's on with the Bag The Hun!


  1. I'll be interested to see how this one turns out :) I have a large collection of PP models augmented with various bits and pieces from elsewhere, scratch built shore batteries and conversions to fill in the gaps (why doesn't Martin ever finish a range? :) )

    I'm currently using the "Privateer" variant of "Man o War" that we wrote for NWS participation games years ago.

  2. Thanks David,

    I'll be working out some rules options as and when but, in the meantime, the plan is to get some models built and painted.




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