Thursday, 10 April 2014
VaS and the NWS
I've been thinking of a second, much smaller fleet or task force for Victory at Sea, so that I can set up some games for the boys at home and also run some pre-campaign practice games for my own experience. This would be a relatively small selection of ships, perhaps a dozen or so, with an emphasis on lighter units rather than capital ships. I've been narrowing down the options from early war British to Black Sea Fleet Soviet, but it's up for grabs.
One possibility at the moment is a Dutch led taskforce for the Netherlands East Indies, which would also include some British, US and Australian ships. This could be used against the Vichy French and obviously against the Japanese. Although there are no lists for the Dutch in the rules or supplement, there is a list to download from the Naval Wargames Society website, so there's no obstacle to putting together a small cruiser based task force.
I joined the NWS a couple of years ago and have enjoyed the regular issues of All Guns Blazing, which usually has something of interest to read and is well worth the annual membership. This year I'm hoping to get to the NWS show in Gosport in June and will try to persuade the chaps at the club to run a game on one of the days, if the current enthusiasm for naval gaming hasn' t fizzled out my then?