Something else to inspire the imagination
That well known writer of rules, Andy Callan, has written a naval version of his hugely successful late Medieval rules Never Mind the Billhooks that were available as a freebie in the June edition of Wargames Illustrated. As a rule I seldom buy wargames magazines these days and so a swift shout out on the SEEMS WhatsApp group for anyone having a spare copy meant that I was able to secure a set from my old friend Mr Fox.
The rules appeal for a number of reasons. To begin with ANYTHING produced by Mr Callan is worthy of attention and the fact that they are grid based is even better! They are quite an ‘old school’ set - large model ships with individual figures - and whilst the war at sea during the Middle Ages is a little bit of a niche interest the rules are very much pitched at the ‘up close and personal’ level - boarding and close range combat.
The ships for the period - cogs, caravelles and the odd galley - are very straightforward to build and indeed, there are a number of them available commercially but I would look to build my own (no surprise there then!). Not sure about the figures although rather than 28mm I would probably look at 20mm - mainly because I have a whole pile of Risk: Europe medieval figures that could be used - so cobbling up some ships should not be too much trouble.
Is this a new project? No, not exactly. I am not looking to paint up a whole pile of medieval figures anytime soon but I will look at the rules with a view to tackling them in one form or another. At some point. After the next twenty six projects are taken care of first….
The book you see came as something of a surprise - Mr Fox sprung this on me - and I am delighted to add this to the collection. Essentially it is a history of the British involvement in the Mediterranean since around 1800 up to the present day. It is not a military history per se, but it is a great overview of the theatre. Besides, what a great cover picture!
So my old friend Mr Fox came up trumps - he really is a wonderful chap!