Such is the fickleness of my wargaming temperament that for a couple of days last week all thoughts of Black Seas were very close to being consigned to the scrapheap - I even discussed similar with the sagacious Mr Fox - but good sense has prevailed, at least for the immediate future. The reason for my inevitable fear and loathing simply came down to the quality of the models (which are supremely good) and the work I would need to put in to get them to fighting trim. After much soul searching I decided that as the number of ships I would be looking at would in fact be rather low the amount of work involved should not be too onerous (famous last words? We shall see....).
As my original intention involved mainly frigates, brigs and smaller and would feature combined operations my thoughts naturally headed in the direction of terrain. Now the models for Black Seas are 1:700th (whereas Peter Pig's Hammerin' Iron ACW range are 1:600th) and I am unsure if anyone makes suitable terrain for the scale and period. By terrain I am thinking of such things as buildings, forts, shore batteries, harbours and such like.
It suddenly dawned on me that Peter Pig carry a small range of land terrain in support of their ACW naval rules which, although of a slightly different scale, would certainly not look too far out of place with the Black Seas ships. As an extension of this idea the troop blocks that Peter Pig produce could also be pressed into service although my preference would be for the Tumbling Dice range seen above. I also think that the buildings from Travel Battle could be pressed into service (rather like the crews of warships of the period....).
With the direction of my thinking heading into Black Seas and Hammerin' Iron territory I am fast coming to the conclusion that a better option for my ACW games would be to use the Peter Pig ships rather than building my own although I was keen to have some on table fire support for the 30mm figures. Perhaps as an alternative I could build a couple of representative models scaled to fight alongside their 30mm brethren whilst reserving the 1:600th models for purely naval engagements.
More to ponder methinks!