Wednesday, 6 July 2011
The Portable Naval Wargame is DEAD....
....Long Live The Naval Wargame....
I realise that seems a fairly dramatic headline but the explanation is really quite simple. Whilst the rules are simple in execution and I believe true to the intent of the Portable Wargame I cannot see how it can continue to be described as such. The playing is too large - even when using 1/3000th scale models - and I think the only way to truly describe this as a portable game would be to use hexes half the size of the Hexon version (2" across the flat sides) in conjunction with smaller ship models. I am thinking 1/6000th models and Heroscape tiles as being the ideal size in this case.
Since I own none of the former and only 21 of the latter (you would need 64 tiles at a minimum) it seems fairly pointless describing the rules as something they are not going to be - at least in my gaming universe!
Having got that point of pedantic clarification off my chest the progress on the ship specification lists has been steady if unspectacular. At the time of writing I have the USA to finish and the Greeks and Turks to review and then they are complete. The South American and Scandinavian navies will have to wait - as will Spain simply because the process has taken longer than I expected it to.
As this task is so close to completion (at least until the next round of play testing) the ACW ship painting has been delayed by a few days although I plan to be resuming this by the weekend at the latest. Of the 32 remaining models 16 are roughly halfway complete so as long as they are finished by the end of next week the final 16 will have the remainder of July to be worked on.