This is a long running and continuing journey around a collection of ideas, projects, games, models and a variety of wargaming related themes from my own imagination and from others. As I have been described as having the attention span of a forgetful goldfish you can rest assured the resulting subject matter will be diverse and (usually) entertaining! "He lived in a frenzy of enthusiasm — but nothing
lasted for long with him".
Monday 19 February 2018
The Circle is Now Complete....
I know, I know - I need to get out more....
One of the things that seems to be happening with increasing
frequency in my man cave is not only finding ‘stuff’ that has been hidden for
an age but also of things mysteriously disappearing….
The third volume of Conway's epic warship reference series.
So it was that some time ago – summer of last year in fact -
I realised that my copies of both the 1906 to 1921 and the 1922 to 1946 volumes
of Conway’s Fighting Ships had disappeared. Vanished, Shuffled off this mortal
coil – in fact were EX copies of Conway’s Fighting Ships. I searched high and
low and in every nook and cranny of Chez Crook but to no avail. I had not lent
these out at any point so can only assume that they have gone or are still waiting for me to rediscover them. Oddly enough
though the 1860 version remained safe and sound. In fairness there has been a
reasonable amount of moving around in the house and with the kitchen refurb
much of the residence was in chaos for a while. Whether these two books were
victims of this domestic upheaval will never be known but I cannot lay my hands
on either of them.
Anyway, to cut a long story short I resolved to reacquire
both volumes (which will doubtless mean the missing pair will now turn up….) as
they are extremely valuable reference works – if a little dry – and essential
reading for the naval wargamer. The 1906 to 1921 volume arrived a few weeks
back and the 1922 to 1946 edition turned up this morning. The timing could not
be better as I grapple with my WW2 rules.
As both of these are out of print it was a case of haunting
eBay until suitably priced editions turned up – I have seen some eyewatering
prices quoted for them, especially the 1860 volume – and even then they were
not available at the same time. I am delighted to have all three volumes
together once again though – they actually read better if you have them all as
there is a lot of overlap between volumes.
Needless to say I will now be keeping these books very close by....