Sunday, 24 May 2015
Fighting Sail First Impressions
This arrived in the post a couple of days ago but I haven't had time to give it more than a quick flick through until now. It's a solid looking set of fleet level rules, designed for 1/1200 scale but easily adapted to 1/2400 by halving the measurements. This makes it ideal for larger battles where numerous ships have to be managed.
It includes all the usual aspects that you'd expect alongside a set of fleet lists for most of the naval powers, although there's no list for the Danes or Swedes. There are also six generic scenarios from a basic encounter on the high seas, through convoy escort and blockade to evasion amongst others, all of which look like they would give a good game.
There is also a mini-game for one on one frigate actions, which I think I will use as a first port of call, especially as it only requires a couple of models. The rules are beautifully illustrated with colour photographs, diagrams and markers, together with some fantastic Peter Dennis color plates from various Osprey titles.
These are so good that I've also downloaded the Osprey Duel British Frigate vs French Frigate book, from which many of the pictures are sourced. A bit of an indulgence but we'll worth it. I'm thinking of 1/2400 scale for this set of rules using Tumbling Dice ships, so I'll have a go at painting a couple of frigates along with my 1864 ships.