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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.

...in the meantime, it's on with the Bag The Hun!


2 comments:

  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.

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  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.

    :O)

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