My recent trip to Portsmouth Historic dockyard has given me an urge for some naval wargaming, and I've actually gone and done something about it. The first question was what period, origanally I was going to go for WW1 but after talking to my mate he's convinced me to go WW2, after all he reasoned we can still line up battleships if we want but WW2 naval has a lot more variety than WW1.
So period decided we now needed a ruleset, after some internet reserch I've gone for:
The book is in black & white and contains the rules, historical scenarios, generic scenarios and fleet lists for the British, Germans, Americans, Italians, Japanese and French fleets. In the back is also a lot of black and white tokens you can cut out or photocopy that represent the ships and tokens for turning etc. It would have been nice if these were in colour or even actual card peices, but really it's designed to be played how I intend to play it.. with miniatures.
So next question was what minis and what scale, again after trawling the internet I stumbled apon http://www.navwar.co.uk/ a site with a frankly outstanding range of ships from all periods at very reasonable prices. The website is a bit of a pain to navigate and theres no pics of their models and the contents of the start packs is a bit vague and you actually have to print off your order and mail it to them. It did feel like a bit of a gamble placing the order, but it has definately paid off.
This morning a whole bunch of 1/3000 ships arrived.
I'm really pleased with these, and whilst I can't comment on how acurate they are to my eye they all certainly have the feel of the ships they represent. Another nice touch is the way they all come with a little info sheet with all the ships vital statistics.
heres a few pics of some of the ships so you can see for yourselves.
I don't think these are going to take that long to paint and I'm hoping to have them all done by the end of the week.