A comment on one of my recent posts from Steve's Wargame Stuff went something along the lines of - 'could you recommend a scale and UK model supplier for a complete naval novice? I have an 8' x 4' table to use but have no idea on what scale to play. Any advice would be very welcome.'
I must confess to probably being guilty of assuming that everybody that has read this blog is a naval wargamer and so many of my scribblings, whilst obvious to me and those 'in the know', may be less so to someone that has never gotten their wargaming toes wet! This post will will hopefully address some of the points requested. I initially considered responding to the comment but quickly realised that the answer would be far longer than one could reasonably fit into a response, hence the following post.
As far as rules are concerned then John Curry and his History of Wargaming project - History of Wargaming Project is a great place to start with a couple of essential naval rules titles on offer from Donald Featherstone and Paul Dunn - F. T. Jane and Fletcher Pratt may be a step too far for the naval novice! There are also a lot of rules available for nothing from Free Wargames Rules.
For the most part you will not need any scenery to speak of either!
This post is really only touching the tip of the iceberg as far as scales of models, manufacturers, rules and other bits and pieces are concerned and so should anybody want to ask any further questions then drop me a line and I will try to help further.