This weekend I 've been having lots of fun messing about with the small ships play testing some scenarios I've been working on and getting the pleasure of seeing how they play with lots of new ideas added into the rules we've been using, Kiss Me Hardy and To Covet Glory.
These historical small ship encounters are really fun to play and the detail from William James' accounts of them throw up lots of factors to try and include to challenge the players with factors their real life counterparts had to deal with before getting to grips with the enemy.
The three games were quite distinctive and recreating actions fought in the first year of the Revolutionary War with France, featuring a classic frigate duel, a chase in the Caribbean between a small packet ship and a privateer schooner flying the 'red flag', no quarter given signal, and finally a night action fought off the north coast of Spain.
With only a couple of models on the table the 1:700th scale comes into its own by providing presence, that many empty sea naval games struggle to offer when compared with terrain heavy large figure games on land.
However I think these small historic scenarios provide buckets of drama and in a very small way put the players on the quarter deck deciding the next order to issue to the helmsmen.
If you would like to know more and see how our games turned out then just follow the link to the club blog below.
|Devon Wargames Group - Small Ship Actions 1793|