I really shouldn't be up blogging at 05:30, but what can you do when insomnia is with you and you don't want to wake the household?
So I've been reading. I don't go in for New Year Resolutions, but if I did this year's would have been to make more time to read. I'm pleased to say that I managed it in January. I read David Crane, Empires of the Dead, the story of Sir Fabian Ware and the early years of the Imperial Wargraves Commission, which was really an interesting read. I'm also reading Room 40, the fascinating account of the RN's codebreaking section in WWI and re-reading The Hobbit (sadly alternating chapters with a commentary - Corey Olsen's Exploring JRR Tolkein's 'The Hobbit'). As my copy of The Hobbit is falling apart, on Monday I used a Christmas book-token to upgrade to a fancy hardback edition, along with other goodies.
As those who have chosen to follow Diplomatist Books' blog will know, yesterday I got a delivery of books from the History of Wargaming Project. I couldn't resist starting Over Open Sights, which is about naval wargaming between 1873-1904 - the transistion of naval thinking in this period is one of my particular interests.
I'm not alone in this of course, Bob Cordery over at the Wargaming Miscellany has been play testing these nineteenth century rules and tweaking his Portable Naval Wargame. I must say that I'm inspired to see if I can do any solo wargaming with ironclads. The cost of tiny ships being what it is, I shall be going with some of the downloads from the Junior General - they have a nice selection of ironclads there, a great resource.