Inspired by the Fletcher Pratt naval wargame at COW recently, I ordered a set of the re-released Airfix 1/1200 Waterline ships. This set, sold as 'Sink The Bismarck', includes the full range of these 35 year old kits - Hood, Suffolk, Ark Royal, two Tribal class destroyers, Bismarck and Prinz Eugen.
I will post photos as and when I get round to building the ships - the timescale will be governed largely by the pressure I come under from my fellow members of the Sheffield club for whom I have offered to run the FP game.
Already started one new period this week - must resist classic....
Famous last words...
I must get round to actually making a model ship, rather than landing craft.
Seems a very good price.
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear - I can only echo both CK and your response!
Many of these models served in various guises in Eric Knowles South East Asia WW1 naval campaign (following on from Madasahatta) in which I was lucky enough to take part (in charge of the Turks). This was also using Fletcher Pratt rules and was an absolute hoot to take part in.
If I remember correctly, the Turkish Fleet flagship was based on HMS Hood, was armed with 10 x 15" and went under the name of Sultan Fineghar The First.....
The upturned hull of a Tribal class destroyer was used for a whole variety of cruiser types.
Great fun and I shall be hard pressed not to buy this set!
All the best,
At least the terrain is easier!
It seems that we all have fond memories of these kits, and that a surprising number of them were used for games using or based on FP's rules. I expect that by the time I type this you'll have have ordered a set.
So do you have a school gym or chruch hall to actually play a FP game in?
Tempting as these are, fortunately I've shot my gaming budget on 1:2400 GHQ models.
You only really need a ballroom for a major fleet action. As it happens, the Sheffield club meets in a very big room with a hardwood floor...
Look forward to seeing these with a lick of paint on Tim.I am glad Airfix are re-releasing some old fav's.
As always Rich - don't hold your breath!
Nice. I like this, most unusual. Do the rules cover skirmish type stuff as well or mostly fleet actions?
The Size and scope of an FP game is governed largely by the number of players and umpires you can round up. I have seen it used for everything from a couple of ships a side up to convoy attacks and actions involving several capital units and a few DDs on each size. Have a look at http://www.wargaming.co/books/pratt/homepage.htm. Go on. You know you want to.
You're an evil, evil man. Now I want it!
Bwa-haahaahaahaa. It's not easy to type manic laughter!
If I see this set I'll buy it!
It seems to be readily available for around £15. Silly not to really.
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