It has been a funny old day. I have spent most of the morning on my usual job hunt - making phone calls and checking the internet - and acting as occasional waiter for my son who is still feeling pretty grim (and will do so for a while yet). At the time of writing we are waiting for the Police to call for all the statements etc for their investigation. It all feels all very 'limbo-like' at the moment and I will keep you all posted on the progress as and when anything transpires. Continued thanks though to everyone for their kind words and thoughts.
In the meantime though, and as a very welcome diversion, I have continued with work on my Jutland project.
I should clarify at this point exactly what I am actually trying to do - namely use the game system from the original version(s) of the game (1967 and then 1974) for naval wargames set during WW1 or effectively 1900 to 1920. In order to do this I am essentially distilling the numerous magazine articles down into the original rules. My own involvement will be kept to a minimum, simply because the original system was designed around, in my opinion, very sound principles.
My first step is to prepare a playsheet as the original game never featured one. I have nearly completed this for the tactical rules and am hoping to try them out over the next few days with the ship blocks I prepared earlier. I will try the game out using the original rules before I start changing anything but at this stage I am only expecting to adjust the ranges. Ironically my plan is to use the same maximum range as Paul Hague in his Sea Battles in Miniature - 40" or 20,000 yards.
Once I have reacquainted myself with the rules and system then the 'tweaking' can begin in earnest.
Then of course there is the question of the models. Given the potentially wide-ranging nature of what I am planning - far beyond the chilly confines of the North Sea - I suspect that 1/3000th will be the scale of choice, simply due to the sheer amount of choice available from Navwar.
I will fall off that bridge when I get to it....;-)