More acquisitionsPosted: April 22, 2015
The term ‘gunboat’ covers a lot of different purpose-built and extemporised warships, and Angus Konstam has included examples of all of them, from the Victorian flat-iron gunboats that were dragged back into service in 1914, through the numerous river gunboats that served in Africa, on the Danube, and in Mesopotamia, to the small monitors built to support coastal operation in the Channel and Eastern Mediterranean.
For a naval wargaming ‘buff’ this book has a lot to offer … and as gunboats are generally simple vessels, they can be modelled quite easily (i.e. they tend to have a low straight-sided hull, a deckhouse, bridge, and funnel[s], and a heavy-ish gun [or two]).
On visit to a newly-opened branch of POUNDWORLD I found several packs of magnetic photo paper on sale … for £1.00 for two A4-sized sheets. They are intended to be used by people to make their own fridge magnets etc. but it struck me that they could easily be used to make magnetic strength markers or unit labels for a variety of different games … and at 50p a sheet it would not be too expensive a loss if one made the odd mistake or two.
I bought five packets!