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Friday, October 23, 2015

Victory At Sea

Today I was out shopping with my wife at the local hobby store.  I was looking at the models and I ran across some kits that caught my attention.  I have been a fan of Victory At Sea by Mongoose Publishing since it was released.  I have played the game using the card stock tokens but never went any further.  I have always wanted to play the game using models and have all my buddies around the table commanding their own ship.  It is unfortunate that the selection of models in this scale (1/1200) is limited.  I could use the GHQ models that are 1/2400 but if I am going to get involved in something like this I want to play in a larger scale. 

I was able to track down all the rules for both WW1 and WW2 on Drive Through Games and decided to purchase the bundle.  Now it is a matter of deciding what scale to play this game in..........    



10 Comments:

Mike G. said...

I love this game. I keep waiting for the promised second edition which never seems to come out.

Mike Wilster said...

I never heard anything about the second edition coming out. The second book has more rules wonder if they considered that the second edition. I also picked up both the WW1 books. Do you play with models or the card stock tokens?

Mike G. said...

The second book is just an add on. They have been working on second edition for over three years. There are several threads on the mongoose publishing forums. Even last week they posted it was delayed and their ACQ rule set would likely be first. It's a little disappointing.

I used GHQ in the past but they were fiddly for me. I started using their counters. I really like the 1/1200 they produce and thought about getting some. It's just such an odd scale.

Mike Wilster said...

That is disappointing about the rules, maybe next year. I was excited when they released their own line of models but never picked any up. They are an odd scale and limited product line. That is why these models caught my attention but I need to find other companies making the same scale. Right now I am just exploring this game again and not sure if I will get it on the table any time soon so many other projects.

Robert Brightwell said...

I have been thinking a lot about a WW2 naval game. I don't know anything about this type of game but VaS never seems to be mentioned as a favorite rule set. As for scale 1/700 would be cool but you couldn't really do more than a couple ships before you ran out of room. GHQ would allow for more table space options. Not sure what to do...

Mike Wilster said...

Rob that is why the 1/1200 scale models caught my attention. I could still play it on the table top and use the capital ships, can't do that with 1/700 scale models. Playing with GHQ could work but they are the same cost as larger model kits. I know when the rules first came out they were not very popular, too simple. The second book adds more to the rules and more ships to choose from. I think it is more of a causal game and not a historical rule set. What other Naval games have you looked at?

Robert Brightwell said...

After doing some looking the 1/1200 might work. There is more available than I thought. I have an interest in the Second Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. This is a night action and one of the few battleship to battleship actions of WW2. Will VaS handle the air actions?

Mike Wilster said...

Yes they have rules for aircraft and also night fighting. I will have to check but that might be one of the historical battles provided in the rules.

Mike G. said...

If you want to look at some other rules, Naval Thunder, is a popular set of rules available by PDF. How many ships do you think you can get on a table at 1/1200 scale?

Mike Wilster said...

The battleships in those pictures are only about 8 inches long. We would have to put two tables together and should be able to get a few ships on the table. Might have to just play smaller battles with just a few ships.