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Excellent work, Willz.
Well, I was hoping for a well-informed answer, but I didn’t expect one from somebody who actually knew from personal experience! Thank you!!!
I think what sparked the question was seeing the Battle of the River Plate film, which employed at least one of the RN ships (HMS Achilles?) that actually took part in the real action, so I knew it wasn’t simply a matter of the size of the ship.
One follow-up question – given that you could easily have posted an officer on top of it for the purpose of aerial observation, why not just cover the bridge with an armoured “lid” to give some protection from the weather?
JJ – I gather that the next “Naval Wargames Society Weekend” will be in October 2022 (this year’s – 2021 – having been scratched due to all the cancelled summer shows temporarily relocating to October/November). Any chance you will be there with this game as it should be some time close to the anniversary?
The madness is magnificent.
John – Do you know if anyone produces “army/fleet lists” for that?
Thanks – can you just explain how many bases you actually get for your money? The website is a bit confusing, talking about 3 (or more) sprues, but it may be that you get one sprue with three bases (I’m looking at the largest ones). Sorry to be a pain.
Hi, What a fantastic project – hugely impressed. Sorry if this is referred to in earlier posts on your blog, but where did you get the clear bases from? I have been looking for something similar for my 1:600 WW2 coastal forces, and these look like they would suit perfectly.
Lovely stuff. Probably the only aspect of the ACW that has continued to interest me since I gave up my Airfix armies on leaving school. (A session at an old Partizan show with Martin of Peter Pig when he launched his river rules probably helped!)
Slightly off-topic, will there be a Naval Wargames Society gathering this year, and if so, where and when?
Partly to bump and partly to change the spec slightly – still looking for some mid-range vessels (so still not the really large 1:350 ships, but also now prefer no more MTBs, S-Boats and the like….ok, might consider one or two……). Now looking mainly for R-Boats, minelayers/sweepers, F-lighters, armed trawlers/kriegsfischkutter, and – most of all – merchant ships.
Any stalled projects that you want to get rid of?31/03/2021 at 17:23 in reply to: PT Boats in the Med – a selection of 1943 scenarios for Cruel Seas #154528
Thanks – I really like the simplicity of your stuff and especially the basing. As someone who is drawn to the game more than to the actual subject matter, I don’t want to get too involved with lots of books etc, so this approach is perfect for me. The largest ship in the two articles/49 scenarios highlighted above is an Italian light cruiser, then a bunch of destroyers, a bunch of minesweepers, and finally some submarines. Everything else seems to be manageable in 1:300 as far as I can see (my regular gaming partner will soon be blessed with a 12′ by 6′ table area, so we’re less worried about elbow room than we were).
Thanks once again for posting.30/03/2021 at 22:36 in reply to: PT Boats in the Med – a selection of 1943 scenarios for Cruel Seas #154483
Just learned that there were three PT Boat squadrons serving in the Med, all under Royal Navy direction – 15 and 22 (both operating 78′ Higgins’ boats) and 29 (77′ Elcos). Because of their radar capability, it was not uncommon for an RN commander of a mixed force to command from one of the PT Boats.
Yes, Highlanders were originally regarded as the British equivalent of Grenzers/Croats/Pandours.
You also had “picquet” companies, composed of men chosen from the 8 “hat” companies, predominantly used during the French & Indian Wars (although the Chasseur unit referred to in Germany earlier may well have been raised along similar lines).
That’s a shame. Did anyone approach his executors about taking over his business interests?
Oh, blimey – apologies. Why is that not more widely known? I can’t recall seeing any announcements about it.
Thanks – yes, I’d heard of this range. I believe David Manley sculpted several of the models? A real shame that the range is not only no longer available, but that the guy who bought it no longer seems to be in contact with the rest of the wargaming world.
Interesting twist for anyone who chose WW2 coastal warfare to get away from having to do rigging at this scale!
Grimheart – No, nothing suitable there, but some fabulous D-Day bits and pieces which I can use for a different scenario, so thanks very much for that.
Gaz – Thanks, not quite what I’m looking for, but a useful range to be aware of all the same.
Supplementary question – how were the various types of PT Boats distributed in the Med. Would a unit have all Elcos or all Higgins (if only to simplify repair/maintenance), or a mix, and if the latter how was that mix determined?
Thanks, that’s jolly decent of you, I will definitely take whatever you’ve got – postal address sent.
Just ordered several packs from the nice chaps at Element Games – details here for anyone else interested:-
Thanks to all who responded, however helpful your advice turned out to be.
Just ordered several packs from Element Games, who are expecting a delivery on 11th March – details here:-
Nice people to do business with, btw.
Thanks for all your helpful advice – I shall follow up all the leads you have given me.
Great info/stats, but sadly no colour schemes. I had the same trouble a couple of years ago, when trying to find the colours of Stuka bombs.
Did nobody ever think of us wargamers…..?
Someone else suggested them, but unfortunately all the relevant sizes are marked as “sold out”.
Perfect – except that all the sizes I could use have sold out!
I had a feeling it might be something like that. Thanks!!!
The only thing I can think of is that it’s a reference to the member known as Minipigs, who is a relatively recent addition to the Kiley groupie squad.
Thanks, Willz, I should be able to get some ideas from those, although it seems like they had pretty much a different colour combo for every day of the week! “All right, chaps – it’s Monday, so we’ll take the blue ones with the white noses. Any questions? No? Off we go then…..”
One model even had a different colour torpedo on each side!!!
Thanks, Milo – someone just over the border in the US has offered to send him a 3rd edition copy.
Mike – Apologies for the duplication, I had forgotten about that policy having not posted on here for some time!24/02/2021 at 14:51 in reply to: PT Boats in the Med – a selection of 1943 scenarios for Cruel Seas #151392
Very useful, thank you. There’s another article on that website entitled Das Mittelmeer which also contains a selection of scenarios for Cruel Seas.
Having recently been introduced to the Too Fat Lardies coastal game, Coastal Patrol, published in their Summer 2011 “Special”, I have downloaded both of these articles for future adaptation. The TFL offering is much more a “beer and pretzels” type of game, without any of the serious detail of many coastal warfare rule sets, which – to my mind – makes it much better suited to newcomers (like me) to naval wargaming, especially if (again like me) you are a lifelong landlubber who doesn’t know his spanker from his torpedo tube.
I did recently buy a second hand Cruel Seas starter box, along with an extra pair of S-boats and a pair of Fairmile Ds to beef up the RN contingent, and quite frankly I have really enjoyed putting the vessels together. However, I don’t think I’m going to go much beyond this in 1:300 as I think the scale is a little too large for more than a “starter pack plus” action, or else it all begins to take on the appearance of an ugly brawl in a crowded marina. Once a scenario brings in destroyers and the like, I find 1:600 is essential if you want to use a normal size dining table and still keep distances “realistic”.
What do other people think?
What do people feel about a “Sharp Practice” level game, based around small encounters with advanced units? My sense is that, given the comments above about weapon capabilities and command failings, one might end up with something rather like France 1940 Chain of Command battles, where the French, at a lower level, give a much better account of themselves than one might expect given the historical outcomes of the two conflicts, strategically.
Jeffers – Very interesting rules amendments, which I have noted (although see below about my own rules choice).
vtsao – I notice that this is the second Camden re-fight you have performed this month. What key differences (if any) did you notice from using the two different rule sets?*
[* I use British Grenadier which is derived from Loose Files etc but incorporates certain extra rules (much like the ones set out by Jeffers). ]
Looks like a very realistic scenario – albeit with cringe-inducing dice at the wrong moment!
Some years ago (in fact, over a decade thinking about it), a friend and I put on a demo AWI game at Warfare (his troops and terrain, I hasten to add), using “Rebellion in the Colonies” by Steve Tulk. Due to my unfamiliarity with the rules, he completely outwitted me in deployment and I suddenly found my (weak) right wing within charge distance of his just-emerging elite Continental Light Infantry and French. As he announced his first charge, he let his 12-year-old son roll the dice – 1,1; ah well, never mind. Another 1,1 saw them routing; despite this, he allowed his son to continue rolling (possibly under the impression that some good rolls were just around the corner. He then tested for all units within the relevant distance; one by one, they all routed until his son had removed the entire elite of the Franco-American army from the table far more effectively than I could ever have done (and all without a shot being fired). At that point, he announced he was “going shopping” and I have – rather sportingly, I feel – never mentioned the matter again since……
Thought you would have gone for black, yellow and light blue being from God’s Own County – marvellous work, though but!
Good work, Jeffers. IIRC, the Hinchliffe AWI range had two sculptors – Peter Gilder for the Bicentennial stuff, and someone else for the slightly later “X range” which were quite possibly the best sculpted figures I had seen up until that point (and in any scale until Tony Barton released the Battle Honours range).
I’ve played the “Liberty” boardgame with a friend (who owns it, has therefore played it more often, and thus runs rings around me) and it’s quite good.25/03/2020 at 13:07 in reply to: [Wanted] Hard copies of Chain of Command and Sharp Practice 2 #133784
Fresh copies duly delivered (and a couple of packs of red Lardy dice thrown in for good measure). Thank you, Lardy Rich.20/02/2020 at 19:23 in reply to: [Wanted] Hard copies of Chain of Command and Sharp Practice 2 #131969
Afternoon Brendan, drop me an email with you address and I will replace them. Rich
I seem to be having trouble getting an email back to you (have tried several roues without success), but I will be at “Come and have a go if you think you’re Lard enough” on March 7th, so we could hand over there if you wish. I’m going to be ordering some CoC dice in the meantime, to go with the rules.18/02/2020 at 12:17 in reply to: [Wanted] Hard copies of Chain of Command and Sharp Practice 2 #131808
Afternoon Brendan, drop me an email with you address and I will replace them. Rich
Jolly decent of you, my dear chap! Email address (allowing for gaps) is bdtmorrissey (at) aol dot com.
Many thanks, Richard. In return, I have a link for you to someone with a LOT of Arnhem info, if you’re interested.
Bumped – just on the off-chance!
“..darts, which they cast with a wonderful facility and nearness, a weapon more noisome to the enemy, especially horsemen, than it is deadly”
I wonder if the feathers on the darts (see your illustration on your previous thread) is being referred to here, as fletched weapons would usually produce a noise (eg the English medieval “arrow-storm”)?