Saturday, 26 July 2014

Prelude to Battle

The captain took another sip of his coffee and gave a grim smile as he read the morning's report.*  Damn, but this blockade business was tedious!  Weeks of turn-in and turn-out had become months, and now Autumn was here.  Yet there was good news - last night's storm had dispersed the Inner Squadron but, as anticipated, this meant that the Spaniards were taking the gamble of attempting to break out of port.  An engagement was at last in the offing!   
At the moment he was at the rear of the squadron, hampered by being in company with the Admiral, but he hoped to be in the thick of it soon.  The Inconsistent would give a good showing of herself, he was sure.  She was a sweet sailor and the crew were well-trained - fierce as tygers, every one!  Perhaps this was what he needed to Be Noticed and be free of this posting.
He considered the chart again.  Time for a glass of Madeira and to write another letter to his uncle, the earl, about the incompetencies of his superiors...
*The full sitrep can be read here.

The Fun is Here!

The Master table in Curt's garage

Well, Clint has posted the starting positions for his Play-by-Blog game (henceforward PBB) and it's a Break the Blockade scenario.

He's even allowed for the possibility of late entrants to the game.

Ray and I are well to the rear
I'm in the British squadron, commanding a third-rate, HMS Inconsistent (64).  Our disposition gives little to do for the time being but to get used to issuing sailing instructions, but that's not a bad thing!

As I said the other day, I'm new to both PBB and naval wargames.  As Diplomatist Books has a stock of Blood, Bilge and Iron Balls, I've made use of my five-finger discount and tried to familiarise myself with the rules.  I've decided that the best thing was to print out a couple of the ship tokens and do some test runs, seeing how the squadrons can position themselves...


  1. Well this shows how busy I have been and well out of the loop play by blog looks great. Yes getting your port and starboard sorted is a nightmare but adds to the fun when you get it wrong ;)

  2. This looks to be a bit of a dream come true for you Edward. Don't worry Admiral Ray won't steer you wrong I think.

  3. Great looking table and ships!

    1. All Clint's work. I've got a much more shabby version here.

  4. The presence of Kenneth Williams does not bode well... I foresee heavy weather ahead, a veritable tempest of nautical puns and seagoing double entendres!

  5. Just seeing Kenneth Williams there has rather set the tone wonderfully! Great introduction Edwin, but may I just ask, when you write Curt do you mean Clint?

    1. Oops, that's a good start!

      How to curry favour with the Umpire, eh?


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