Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Kiss Me Hardy Baltic Naval Bash




















I joined in with a very enjoyable, fast paced and at times very funny game of Kiss Me Hardy at the club last night, playing as the French flotilla in a combined Franco-Swedish action against the perfidious British and the dastardly Russians, somewhere in the nether parts of the Baltic. It was a blast and I think we won, although it may well have been a Phyrric victory. The game looked great too as the umpire brought along his superb collection of Langton 1/200th scale warships, which are stunning. I have some of these myself but have never summoned up the courage to glue them together, let alone paint and rig them (eek!). 

9 comments:

  1. Wonderful looking game. I've spent time drooling over Langton's ships but they are beyond my skill set.

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  2. Me too...all that etched brass and fiddly snappy bits! Just more food for the carpet monster :O(

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  3. A pell-mell battle of the kind Jack Aubrey would love. I do like Langton's ships, but yes, they are fiddly.

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  4. I love that you didn't mention the heroic charge by the French squadron that you commanded vs my two brit frigates. A real engage the enemy more closely moment. It was a shame for France your dice didn't back the intent... Your own gun blowing up being a sign of how bad your dice were. Great game.

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  5. And who would have thought ramming would be a popular tactic...

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  6. Yes there was a hint of despiration in the ramming, which completely dismasted one Swedish frigate.
    Going through the ship record sheets the Russians will probably have recovered the Aleksadr Nevskii, so a marginal to Russia. Desaster for the RN losing 24 gunner when she surrendered.

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  7. Re Langton ships. Get a brig or some such to experiment with. Base the hull with the bowsprit. Construct the masts separetly. Paint every thing. Strp the masts. Then rig, use a needle and thread for some basic rigging. Include the ratlines. Add flags. Stand back in awe at how good your ship looks. The small amount of rigging is worthwhile.

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  8. I'm still claiming a French win as the Royal Navy actually surrendered! And who's ever heard of a marginal Russian victory? :o)

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  9. I'll dig out one of my Langton frigates and have a look...if I can build and paint one as good as yours I'll be very pleased.

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