I have to confess I'm one of those wargamers who tends to sneer when I hear the mention of the words "Games Workshop". Where really, when I take a close look in my workshop at all the GW products I actually own, I'm really just an old hypocrite!
One of my favourite sets of GW Historical rules is TRAFALGAR.
The book is broken down into;-
- The Rules
- Advanced rules
- The Fleets - ship nomenclature and descriptions
- Complete fleet list for the Battle of Trafalgar
- Brief history of Napoleonic Naval warfare - focused mainly on Trafalgar (surprise!)
- Six scenarios to play out
- Hobby guide on collecting and modelling ships (Painting, rigging etc)
- Campaign rules and 5 further scenarios
- Brief histories of some of the heroes of Trafalgar and the vessels they sailed
- Reference sheets - QRS, counters, templates etc.
Each basic game turn is broken down into ;-
- Weather phase (Wind direction etc)
- Sailing phase (Movement)
- Gunnery phase (yes, you guessed right)
- End Phase (anything else not already covered)
I've read elsewhere on the interweb that these rules are in many areas (particularly gunnery) oversimplified when compared to "serious" Napoleonic naval warfare rules. This may be the case, but as I'm not a serious wargamer, they seem just fine to me!
The QRS, counters and template sheets are available as pdf downloads on the GWH website to avoid having to butcher you lovely rule book. I'd advise you to laminate the counters and templates before you cut them out as they get quite a bit of handling during play.
You need the usual handfuls of D6 as well as a tape measure to play. The ship stats are recorded on cards (again - downloadable) which if you laminate you can use again and again to record the outcomes of battle with water based OHP pens (about £1 each from Rymans).
So far I've only played small actions with the seven vessels I own - how you'd get on with bigger fleets I don't know. But I have to say these are great fun and I'd thoroughly recommend them as a fun diversion from the usual historical periods.
All pictures are of my 1/1200th Vessels by Warrior Miniatures.