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Offline rivers3162

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Victorian Naval Books & Rules Recommendations?
« on: March 05, 2018, 01:23:09 AM »
I did ask this on TMP but got no meaningful responses so thought I would try my luck here - not sure if naval gaming is hugely popular but here goes!

Ive just bought some of Tumbling Dice's lovely 1/2400 Victorian ships. Can anyone recommend a decent set of rules to get me started?

Also can anyone recommend any books which give an overview of naval power in the Victorian era? I'm primarily interested in Great Britain but any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Offline AllenW

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Re: Victorian Naval Books & Rules Recommendations?
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2018, 06:58:36 PM »
Hope this helps.

Ships of the Victorian Navy by Dixon.

The Black Battlefleet by Ballard.  This is a detailed look at the Ironclads of the Victorian Navy

The fleet that had to die Story of the Russian Fleets journey from the Baltic to Tsu Shima. By Richard Hough.

Send a Gunboat: The Victorian Navy and Supremacy at Sea, 18541904 by Preston

Admirals in collision by Richard Hough.

I played all the rules sets below and prefer the fast play rules.

Sail and Steam Navies: Naval Battle System 1840 to 1880

Sides of Steel Fast Play  http://www.deepfriedhappymice.com/html/rd_sides_of_steel.html

Small War at Sea - Coal & Iron: Ironclad Fast Play Naval Rules


Offline boywundyrx

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Re: Victorian Naval Books & Rules Recommendations?
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2018, 07:18:22 PM »
I agree on Sides of Steel and Sail and Steam (haven't played the third), though they represent different eras of the Victorian age.  A & A Games publish a number of rule sets for both the ironclads and pre-dreadnought eras (and I suppose there's sort of one in-between too, the 1870s-1880s stuff).  Naval Thunder by Steel Dreadnought Games also has a pre-dread set of rules.