Monday, 24 September 2012
Ideas from Sea Battles in Miniature
Very inspiring - even the second time around!
Since my last post I have been quite busy with a number of pressing domestic issues, not least of which has been trying to get a new job. I have however, been able to spend a little time dipping into the above book and I am so pleased I persevered with getting a copy.
I have been spending a lot of time reading and rereading the section on WW1 era battles, culminating in the fictional Battle of the Texel, 1916, and have decided that the rules themselves could easily be tweaked into a hex based set if required and would be equally valid for WW2 surface battles - in fact the author suggests doing just that.
This has, as ever, given me a minor dilemma in that I had already earmarked the rules I wanted to use for my 1/4800th WW2 collection (Across Four Oceans - a set derived from Axis and Allies: War at Sea). The simplicity and flavour of Paul Hague's rules make for a compelling argument with the added incentives in that the system is both tried and tested (I fought countless actions with these rules back in the 80s) and also plays as sweetly as you like.
I need to read this book in further detail but I am thinking that I could do a lot worse than just adopting the rules wholesale, converting them into hexes and be done with it.
I suppose really that the old adage of 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' applies very nicely here so I shall have a pleasant time avoiding doing either!