Once again ships from my extensive 1/1200 fleets were in action and I used a slightly modified of the Gibraltar Strait action as previously reported on here. A surprisingly large number of players gathered, so I was able to appoint 4 as British and 5 as French. As can be seen in the above photo, the ships were mounted on wooden bases for a number of reasons:
1. Visibility - without bases the modes would have been virtually invisible.
2. Appearance - the height of the base and 'pile' of the grass were similar.
3. Heft - I was worried about the models (especially the balsa ones) blowing away.
Our 100% accurate model of Gibraltar was crafted from a combination of Martin's hills and my Triang harbour bits.
At the other side of the Strait our representation of Africa was slightly less convincing...
The elite umpire team (Martin R and John A) on the left and the RN - Jim R, Russell K, Ian D and Phil S.
The French were led by John Curry - author of the Fletcher Pratt book.
French ships under way
The pride of the RN - Renown and a trio of destroyers - in port.
The 'H' class destroyers of 13th Destroyer Flotilla patrolling the strait.
Gunnery began at long range! The firing arrows are plastic plant markers with the ranges written in non-permanent pen.
Vice Admiral Drury firing the coastal batteries
The destroyer patrol was soon in the thick of the action
The French gave every appearance of seasoned professionals in full control of the situation.
At least that's what their admiral said...