Sunday, 21 November 2010

FLEET OF BATTLE - Published in WI 278


Prometheus (hi) has just informed me that Fleet of Battle is out in issue 278 of Wargames Illustrated. I have not seen it yet, but apparently the article comprises the rules and combat tables; the card stock and full colour ship counters will be available as a download directly from Wargames Illustrated (which should enhance production value to you at home - a scanned copy is never as good).

Fleet of Battle was developed out of Field of Battle by Brent Oman (published by Piquet Inc.). It was published in WI with Brent's kind permission. The rules are for ancient naval warfare from Salamis to Actium. They are best for the Punic, Successor and Roman Civil Wars where the quinquireme (five) was the most common 'line of battle' ship. The rules have been well received. They won the Society of Ancients, Paul Morris Memorial Prize for 'most innovative wargames rules' last year - there is even a photo of me holding the memorial axe floating around on the web somewhere.

With the rules plus download you can play without further expense. Merry Christmas!

I will be glad to support the rules with Q & A here on this blog.


Bluebear Jeff said...

Is this something that could be played with the "Roman Seas" .pdf ships?

They are really neat downloadable paper ships . . . but I've heard that Hotz' rules aren't all that great.

-- Jeff


Hi Bluebear,

Yes. I use Xyston 1:600 ships (as per photo). The counters were made so that the game could be picked up and played for vitually zero (except mag and some printing) cost.

SoA Shows North said...

Mugshots with axe here:-
and here


Vojvoda said...

Are the rules published anywhere else. I do not have a shop near here that carry WI?
James Mattes


Hi James,

I'll make them available in six months as a MS Word doc. Probably via the files section of the Piquet Yahoo Group, and possibly War Galley. They may appear elsewhere in time, but WI gets them for six months (so they can sell a few back copy) first.

Vojvoda said...

I am looking for the issue. Can't wait to give them a try with some Xystons I have on order from Brookhurst during thier Xmas sale.
James Mattes

Anonymous said...

That is a fabulous looking table for naval games! Thanks for the inspiration.

Paul O'G said...

I just got the pdf and had a quick read - these look wonderful! I too have always been searching for that 'right' combination of detail without being over 'booky'.

Having just finished reading John Master's "Ship of Rome" series again I'm itching to play!

Unknown said...

Is this pdf still available?


I'm not sure that it is on general release anymore - you might now have to subscribe to WI? However, I think I have a copy somewhere on file. Drop me an email - address in sidebar - and I'll see if I can dig it out for you.


Unknown said...

thank you-that would be great -my e mail is names mike Cornish from newcastle

Unknown said...

e mail is

Happy Wanderer said...

Hi James,

I have a question regards the dice ratings for 'Crew Training By Squadron'.

You indicate crew ratings of Raw, Seasoned and Veteran. What are the respective dice values for each of these ratings please...D8, D10, D12 respectively?

Looking forward to playing FoB on Tabletop Simulator...I've made a module for it that will work very well IMO.


Happy Wanderer