Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Napoleonic Naval

Wonderful to look at and even better to play with - Langton Miniatures at their best!
A quick post to prove that all is well and that life has not completely overcome some gaming activities.  Here are some older shots of a few naval encounters using the spectacular Langton 1:1200 ships played at the NWS.


Rear view of HMS Victory I believe.
These are truly miniature works of art and were purchased by a friend many, many years ago when the Langton's were still painting, rigging and basing these ships for their clientele.  There are still some companies around the world who do this style and quality of work.


Slightly fuzzy but you see the attraction.
Now if we can just find the right set of rules for these games I will be very happy indeed.


Sails in the water may spark the end for this French 74 gun

25 comments:

  1. Excellent pics. As you know I'm quite taken with Blood, Bilge and Iron Balls, fun to play and not overly complicated.
    Graham

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    1. Thanks Graham and I will try and look those rules up mate.

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  2. We use Form Line of Battle for our 1:1200 Age of Sail games. Great rules with real period flavour and just the right balance of detail and playability.

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    1. That's the key isn't it Millsy, the right degree of flavor without being so compose as to be boring! I remember Close Action which were very detailed but virtually unplayable.

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  3. Wonderful models beautifully presented. Thank you. Hope real life isn't proving too much at the moment
    Chris
    http://notjustoldschool.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Cheers Greg. No just not too much mate, just very busy with work, commitments in rugby season and wargaming (presidents of both) which can also suck up the free time as well. All good fun though.

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    1. Cheers Mark, they really are so incredible.

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  5. I have a few 'samples' these models tucked away somewhere. They are great little models and your pictures show what a great result can be achieved with them.

    I sometimes wonder what the Skytrex(?) 1/800(?) models are like. Or perhaps models too match our 28mm armies!!! 8O)

    Salute
    von Peter himself

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    1. Dig them out Peter and run amok as they are too gorgous to stay hidden. I have a lovely vely resin island and sons metal buildings to paint up as well.

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  6. Wonderful models, details are amazing!

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  7. Great looking ships, Carlo. I too have yet to settle on rules set that I really like for 1:1200 Age of Sail.

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    1. Thank you Peter. We had some good games with Trafalgar as well however I lent my copy to someone and guess what...can't remember who or when! Why do I do it?

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  8. Lovely looking ships, a period I've always fancied playing naval battles in.
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you C - yes they were a great pickup many years ago and though I don't get them out nearly enough these days, they are very lovely to look at!

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  9. The search for a good set of naval rules goes on. It's even more of a challenge if one wishes to recreate the large fleet actions of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic period!

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    1. Very true Fish - have you come across any good ones yourself? Where heave you been buddy?

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  10. I think I've found the right set for fleet actions. I really do. Grand Fleet Actions in the Age of Sail, from A&A Game Engineering. From the Wargames Vault. Playtesting continues but so far, so good - none of the difficulties of Form Line of Battle, Signal Close Action, Blood Bilge & Iron Balls, Wooden Ships and Iron Men or Heart of Oak. I will try to bring these rules to the NWS as soon as I can.

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  12. Another vote for Blood, Bilge and Iron Balls, we use these at our club. Have fought the Battle of the Nile using them and moving on to Trafalgar soonish.

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    1. Thanks Anthony - I do like the speed of Trafalgar on a Wednesday night and certainly like the fact you can finish a game reaonably well. For you to play The Battle of the Nile is pretty darn impressive!

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