Thursday, 3 March 2016

Contemplating my naval

Before anyone decided to write a comment about the face that the title of this blog entry should read 'Contemplating my navel', the 'mistake' is deliberate.

The fact that I now own enough Hexon II blue hexes to cover an area of approximately 9' x 4' has yet again turned my thoughts towards naval wargaming. Now over the years I have done quite a bit of naval wargaming, and have done my bit to help to popularise both Fred Jane's Naval War Game and Fletcher Pratt's Naval War Game. I have also designed quite a few of my own naval wargames, including MEMOIR OF BATTLE AT SEA (MOBAS) and THE PORTABLE NAVAL WARGAME.

Until recently the naval wargames that I have fought using my Hexon II hexed terrain have tended to be quite small affairs (one or two ships per side) ...


... but now I can begin to think about somewhat larger battles.

With this in mind I looked back at some of the battles I fought on my Heroscape blue terrain tiles using MEMOIR OF BATTLE AT SEA (MOBAS) ...

It is 1914 ... and the Greek and Turkish fleets approach each other.
Whilst the Turkish cruiser chases its Greek counterpart, the two Turkish battleships close on their Greek opponents.
... and I have decided that this is the sort of action I could set up and fight. Now all I have to do is to build some suitable model ships.

4 comments:

  1. I didn't think you had room for a 9 x 4 Bob?

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    1. Jim Duncan,

      Not at home ... but COW is a different matter. There the rooms and tables can easily accommodate a 9' x 4' tabletop.

      (I can just about manage a 6' x 4' table in my toy/wargames room, but only with difficulty.)

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. 8 March will be the centenary of Fred Jane's death.

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    1. Nigel Drury,

      I had missed that! Thanks for pointing out this centenary; I think that it deserves a special blog entry on the day.

      All the best,

      Bob

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