Well that should qualify for the prize of the least interesting leading picture on a blog post! It is blue and believe me when I say that you should never judge a book (or folder) by its cover!
A bit of a mixed bag today - mainly as what I had intended to post about has not arrived yet! At the present time Wargames Vault are having a sale and so it is a great opportunity to pick up some digital versions of many popular and perhaps lesser known rule sets and other bits and pieces. Bob Cordery, David Manley and Graham Evans (Trebian) all have items in t he sale so now is a great time to ‘fill your boots’ so to speak!
A Wargame set on an 8 x 8 grid using blocks and a limited number of units? It will never catch on….
I had a good look through and in truth probably could have blown the budget for several months but only came away with a single download. Wherever I see a set of rules that is grid based the chances are that my curiosity will be piqued - as it was when I saw the rules below which I then promptly purchased. I have not had a chance to read them in detail but they certainly look at first glance to be quite interesting with some novel ideas therein. I will post in more detail once I have taken a closer look.
The blue folder at the top of this post is the repository for my printed Portable Wargame and Memoir of Battle bits and pieces with a few other bits and pieces for good measure. In truth I had forgotten about some of the items that are in it but I am very pleased that I dragged it off the bookshelf and had a thumb through the contents - which look something like this:
It was great fun poring over these - many of which count as being ‘borrowed’ - and I was particularly pleased to rediscover the naval content. Many of these are quite old and I am unsure if I still have some of the files saved but at least there is sufficient for me to make use of in the meantime.
Although technically the ACW rules above count as being ‘new’ in respect of the titular reference there is something else that turned up as part of my Father’s Day gift card. The item in the picture definitely qualifies as ‘old’ and was picked up a boot sale a few weeks back. For some reason I never got posting about it and in truth I have barely flicked through it.
Old and New. Dan Mersey needs no introduction and given my planned Colonial adventures it seemed like a no brainer to get a copy of this handy wargamer’s guide. The other title is quite specialised but at first glance is an absolute goldmine of information concerning the aviation wing of the US Marine Corps during the war in the Pacific. I must admit that I have missed taking part in aerial games and it is certainly something on my ‘to do’ list at some point.
So there you have, a degree of nostalgic rediscovery with some new bits and pieces thrown in for good measure. Guess what? The item I wanted to post about originally has in fact just been delivered so I shall save that for tomorrow - I need to take a good look at it all first though.