First off, some of the stuff I bought at Enfilade. Friday afternoon/evening I wandered around the vendor tables to see what new stuff was available. One of the places I spent some time at was Monday Knight Production's tables. Will Thompson and his gang really support the Enfilade convention by buying up a good number of vendor tables and by putting on games most of the weekend. I hope he makes money at Enfilade and always stop off to see if he has anything that I might be interested in. This year I found a couple things that I liked. First off was some resin boats. While these are really intended to be row boats for 28mm figures, as I looked them over, I thought there were about the right size to convert into small sailing ships for my 15mm projects. So, I picked up three of them.
|28mm rowboat ready to become a 15mm sailing ship.|
|Comparison between the Cutter (top) and new boat.|
|My very own super galactic dreadnoughts|
Finally I want to suggest that those of you interested in naval stuff check out the Naval War College Review website for some interesting reading material. Currently they have issues of the Review going back to the Spring 2001 and there are some really interesting articles in them. While a lot of the stuff is too much along academic/political lines, there are articles that most wargamers would find interesting too. Here are links to a few that you might find interesting:
- The Development of the Angle Deck Aircraft Carrier: Innovation and Adaptation, an interesting article on the development of angled-deck carriers in the Royal Navy and US Navy.
- Asymmetrical Warfare at Sea: The Naval Battles off Guadalcanal 1942-43
- Reflecting on Fuchida, or a "Tale of Three Whoppers", by Jonathan Parshall, one of the authors of "Shattered Sword."
- Major Convoy Operation to Malta, 10-15 August 1942 (Operation Pedestal), an in-depth look at Operation Pedestal from planning to execution. A great article for anyone looking for some insight into the operation for a campaign game.
- US Navy Surface Battle Doctrine and Victory in the Pacific, a look at the pre-war doctrine, the lessons learned in early combat and how they were implemented with the fleet.