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Of Bomb Vessels and Fighting Sail

I have to confess. I've always wanted to have a go at wargaming naval engagements in the Napoleonic era. But not knowing where to start can be a daunting thing. So I've done little about it for more years than I care to admit.

When Osprey Wargames released Fighting Sail, I decided to go for it. And I'm really glad I did. However, I had no models, and no suitable gaming surface.

And then, when we were talking about what to game next, we hit on a wonderful idea. Why not just use those Wizzkidz Pirates of the Spanish Main plastic snap fit ships. After all, they hadn't been used in many a year.

Now if that idea appals the purist within you, please look away. None of the photos here will appeal to you in the slightest.

Unless you're interested in the problem we came across in our games a month or so ago. A problem with bomb vessels in the rules. We encountered this whilst playing the third scenario in the book. And we quickly discovered that they just don't work. N…

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