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Napoleonic Naval

Napoleonictonic having a break. Will return in 2014

Hello, as I haven’t been painting or playing anything Napoleonic since Spring 2012,  it’s safe to say that I’ve taken a short break or nap (pun intended) from this era for the time being. That’s not to say I’ve lost interest in Napoleonic stuff, absolutely not. I love the period. Let’s just say that I’m no longer attending my previous gaming group so change is as good as a holiday.

For the time being I’m updating my Non Napoleonic blog Wargamerama

This blog WILL come back in 2014 sometime. Till then I’ll see you over at Wargamerama.

Have a great festive season and enjoy the port/wine/rum etc.



Two ships ahoy..then a fleet on the horizon!

This morning I got round to assembling and undercoating the British and French 2nd rate ships from Warrior Miniatures.  However, my painting plans were put on hold as a couple of timely parcels dropped through the letter box. A box full of Warrior ships along with bases from Rathbone Games. Nice timing indeed!

 Above are the the two ships I started to paint in the morning before I was ‘rudely’ interrupted.  A French 2nd rate (left) and British 2nd rate ships of the line. Note the miniatures are temporarily mounted on paint pots glued to bases to help handling during painting.

In the photos above are:  x4 3rd rates (for use as British and French, x2 British Frigates, x2 French Frigates and finally x2 French Schooners. Really pleased with the quick delivery and friendly service from Warrior. Other miniature companies take note.

In addition to the miniatures, another parcel arrived in the form of bases from Rathbone Games (via their ebay webstore). Prior to ordering, I checked the Rod Langton website for the  1/1200 scale bases and ordered these sizes from Rathbone instead.

Packs present above are: 40x65mm (frigates), 40x75mm (3rd rates), 40x85mm (3-deckers) and finally 50x20mm (unrated). 

Opening the packs, the waft of seared wood hit my nostrils. From the smell of things I can imagine that these were laser only a few days ago. Quite like it actually, reminds me of the smell of wood mills whilst  taking walks in Scotland.. Anyway,excuse my mind wandering, back to the pictures….

Above: To give you an idea of how the ships will look on their bases.

From Left to right. First base will be for the 1st & 2nd rate ships (ships currently being undercoated, hence why empty base above), second base is for the 3rd rate, third base for the frigates and last base intended for the schooners.

So, with a massive project ahead of me, I have to keep focused. First of all I’ll just concentrate on the two 2nd rate ships. For the time being however, I think I have quite a few Napoleonic units that are vying for attention…

Belated Trafalgar Day mention

 I’m really annoyed that I missed Trafalgar Day on Friday (21/10/11). Therefore I would like to give a belated salute to the sailors and marines of Great Britain, France and Spain who fought, lived and died during this great campaign.


Napoleonic stuff back soon…


Back from our trip to sunny Spain.  Sadly, I didn’t didn’t get inspiration to write another Lasalle Scenario.  The Catalonian town just looks too industrial today, so I didn’t get the ‘old Napoleonic era vibe’ there. Anyway, we were there for a wedding and that was good fun.

We’re starting a Cutlass campaign (game by Black Scorpion Miniatures) at our local club tomorrow so Napoleonic stuff is on hold for a short while. Doubt it will be long before I get back to painting/modelling Nappy’s though. Watch this space. Till then………..

Warhammer Historical Trafalgar rules & Warrior Miniatures 1/1200 ships

Whilst land based Napoleonic battles are really my main(gaming) interest, I recently bought a copy of Warhammer Historical’s Trafalgar rules from my great local games shop (Clifton Road Games) and like what I’ve seen so far…

I’d  read plenty of negative reviews about this game beforehand,  so knew exactly what to expect, (i.e lack of realism, clunky rules  etc) however I just wanted an introductory rule set along with pretty pictures, scenarios and a ship modelling guide. This book ticked all of those boxes.

I haven’t got round to playing a game yet but I like the feel of the rules.  After a few practice games I may even use David Manley’s additional rules (from an old Wargames illustrated issue) to make the proceedings a little more realistic  according to naval combat of the day. In the meantime I’ll use some of the old Pirates of the Barbary Coast plastic ships to test out the rules before taking it down to the guys at my local games club.

I’ve also just received my first order from Warrior Miniatures (see link at side of blog) and they make lovely little 1/1200 scale ‘starter’ ships for 18th/19th Century naval battles. I’ll get started on these once I finish my 28mm French marching band.

Whilst the ‘purists’ out there say that these aren’t in the same league as Langton, GHQ, Skytrex etc they do the job for the money that you pay for. Therefore, ideal models for someone starting out in Napoleonic naval wargaming for the first time.