Monday 30 November 2020
Sunday 29 November 2020
|The Peruvian Fleet|
|The Chilean Fleet|
Saturday 28 November 2020
I had a very apologetic email from Navy Models and Books yesterday to tell me that the moulds for the French frigates in their modern range have been retired, with the result being a major gap in my taskforce escort contingent. To solve the problem, I've turned to Navwar and have ordered the missing ship models from them instead, along with a Soviet fleet pack to provide the opposition.
I think I would have been better off sticking with Navwar in the first place, although I've never had a problem with Davco when they were part of the Skytrex range. I've also ordered some 1/600th scale F8 Crusaders and a Breguet Atlantic from Tumbling Dice, so my air wing will have some CAP cover and an early warning capability. Bof!
This was a pre-order a few weeks ago and it popped up just as I was thinking of doing some reading in preparation for a potential project next year. It's a typical Osprey, in that it's quite brief and to the point, but Mr Lardas clearly knows his stuff and the illustrations are excellent. Very good!
Thursday 26 November 2020
Wednesday 25 November 2020
Monday 23 November 2020
Sunday 22 November 2020
Saturday 21 November 2020
Thursday 19 November 2020
Wednesday 18 November 2020
The Norwegian Campaign is a long term interest of mine, from a naval, air and land angle, so I'm reading this at the moment. One of my ideas for next year is to scale back my projects to manageable proportions, so instead of producing the entire Kriegsmarine fleet, foro example, I just focus on the destroyers and merchant shipping for the first battle of Narvik. I think this might be a way to stop a log jam developing and enable some games to be played out in a relatively short timeframe?
Monday 16 November 2020
I was planning to switch my project focus to sci-fi wargaming next year but I've had a change of heart and have decided to stick with naval wargaming for the fourth year in a row. This is mainly due to having several naval projects on the go, with boxes of assembled and based models queued up for painting, so that my project to 'do list' is very much undone. I also really enjoy naval wargaming and despite the backlog have had a lot of fun in the process, even if I'm currently a bit behind.
To move things along, I'm going to re-jig my objectives for next year, moving some projects aside to make space for some new ones, while revisiting other projects that have been overlooked. One of the reinvigorated projects will be Cold War modern naval, for which I've just ordered a carrier battlegroup worth of 1/3000th scale French warships from the old Davco range. I've got several more ideas up my sleeve but it's early days yet, so there's plenty of time to work it all out for Give Us The Ships 2021.
Sunday 15 November 2020
Saturday 14 November 2020
Friday 13 November 2020
I was up in the loft the other day in search of old wargaming magazines, when I discovered two CD's with Issue 1 to 50 of Wargames Illustrated. I bought these years ago to fill some gaps in my magazine collection and to get hold of specific articles, although what they were I can't remember. They ended up stashed with my old wargaming magazines and then I completely forgot about them, so it was a nice surprise to unearth them again. I'll enjoy having a browse through both discs over the weekend!
Wednesday 11 November 2020
I started a thread over on the Wargames Website as a nostalgia trip to my wargaming epiphany in January 1983. It cheered me up!
Tuesday 10 November 2020
I've been reading this very interesting book over the last few days, even though the subject matter isn't really on my current wargaming radar. I've read a couple of the author's other naval historical and counter factual books, which were written in the interwar period, so I thought this would be a worthwhile addition. Despite its vintage, it is eighty one years since first publication, it is an exciting, well paced account of various WW1 cruiser actions, most of which will be familiar but one or two being relatively obscure.
There's a lot of scenario potential here, not just for historical actions but also to be translated into other periods including the Victorian ironclad era, for example, by simply 'camoflaguing' the opposing forces as earlier ships and shifting the scene of the action to similar but different locations. I remember reading an article in an early Miniature Wargames by Andy Callan, where the charge up San Juan Hill was converted into an ACW scenario titled the Battle of St James. A simple idea but it really works!