Go to ...
RSS Feed

WWII Naval

WWII Naval – Playing the Period

Mare Nostrum While this naval period doesn’t get as much play as it should, the great little ship models (from GHQ) make it something of a treat when they do appear on the tabletop.  Several years ago I was writing figure reviews for the now defunct Osprey Military Journal, and the guys at GHQ sent

Action off Linosa, 1941

WWII Naval, General Quarters, 1/2400 scale This week, with a few of the regulars away, we wanted a small and fairly straightforward game. So, as we hadn’t played a WWII naval game for ages, we decided on it. I came up with a scenario where I could scale the forces up or down depending on how many

Clash off Cape Passero, Mediterranean 1940

Second World War Naval, General Quarters 3, 1/2400 scale We were all at sea this week. I haven’t played a Second World War naval game for the best part of three years – since Dougie Trail moved south, and took his Italian fleet with him. About a year ago I borrowed them back, as part

The Battle of the Denmark Strait, 1941

WWII Naval, General Quarters, 1/2400 scale This  Thursday at the South-East Scotland Wargames Club  we held our AGM – a mercifully brief affair that didn’t get in the way of the evening’s gaming too much. Just in case though (as some of them have  been fairly heated and gone on for ages – don’t ask

The Battle of the Buoys, 1941

WWII Naval, General Quarters, 1/2400 scale A planned French Revolutionary War game didn’t happen because the French commander was feeling poorly, so instead Dougie and I played a quick Second World War naval game – a clash of destroyers. The real battle of the Kerkennah Bank (aka “The Battle of the Buoys) was fought off

Cape Prada, 1940

WWII Naval, General Quarters, 1/1200 scale I like it when wargame opponent Dougie Trail wants to use his Second World War Italian fleet. WC Fields’ phrase “never give a sucker an even break” always springs to mind! Well, this game was a fictitious one, set soon after Italy came into the war – around July

The Battle of Cape Spada, 1940

WWII Naval, General Quarters, 1/2400 scale The grandly-named Battle of Cape Spada was a meeting engagement, named after the headland which marked the north-west corner of the island of Crete. Just over a week before Mussolini’s Italy had declared war on Great Britain and France, and two days earlier, on 17th July, two Italian cruisers

The Battle of Cape Esperance, 1942

WWII Naval, General Quarters, 1/1200 scale The original plan was to play an English Civil War game, but as it was cancelled at the last minute we had to come up with something else. In these circumstances we often lay on a naval game, as it involves little effort; less lead to cart around, easy

Ardalsfjord, 1940

WWII Naval, General Quarters, 1/1200 scale This very pretty game was all down to Kevan Gunn, who not only supplied the ships, but he built the fjords. its all part of his own pet project – refighting the Narvik campaign in several scales, and on land, sea and air. I know – it all sounds

The Philippine Sea, 1944

World War II Naval , General Quarters, 1/2400 scale We planned to do a Conquistadors versus Aztecs game, but Chris Henry who was laying on the game couldn’t make it. In these circumstances we tend to run naval games, as they can be laid on at short notice, and don’t involve a lot of organising.

The Battle of Tassafronga, 1942

World War II Naval, General Quarters, 1/2400 scale Sometimes there are nights when you don’t really want to haul file boxes filled with 25mm figures across town for a game. You want something laid back, where the lead is light, the rules unchallenging, and the games stimulating enough to cut through the lethargy. That’s really

Older Posts››