Wednesday, 9 February 2011
River Wars or another example of Wargaming Synchronicity
This was a piece of pure indulgence: because it was there! I received an email this morning from the Wargames Vault http://www.wargamevault.com/product_info.php?products_id=88110 and this was at the top of the list. I am as weak willed as the next wargamer and so, after a nano-second of lofty contemplation, the £ equivalent of US$ 7.99 was rapidly winging its way across the Atlantic and, as is the usual way with such purchases, the PDF duly arrived in very short order.
The production vales look very nice although I was a little surprised to see the name of the USS Tuscumbia spelt incorrectly and the models used for the ship cards (based on the gorgeous 1/600th Thoroughbred Miniatures)of the Ellet rams were almost like seeing a class of ships - they were all the same! The best of my research has shown that at least the USS Lancaster and the USS Switzerland were sufficiently different looking to warrant a separate model. These two ships are on my construction list and you can be certain that they will look different to the rest of the ram fleet for sure!
I cannot comment on the rules themselves as, to be honest, I only purchased them for the ideas contained therein and to see if there were any concepts I could easily adapt for my own purposes. They appear to be a little too detailed for my use (the whole file is 51 pages including turning circles etc) but are a sterling piece of work nevertheless.
On this very subject (rules that is) I can happily state that my own ACW river based naval rules are very close to being ready to play test and will of course be made available to anybody that would like to see a set.