Blood, Bilge and Iron Balls (1 reviews)
A Tabletop Game of Naval Battles in the Age of Sail
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Found in: Wargaming Books
Published: 30 November 2011
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Blood, Bilge and Iron Balls is a set of wargame rules for naval battles in the age of sail. They are fun, fast-playing and very easy to learn. Each player can easily command a single ship or several, the rules working equally well for a single frigate chasing down a privateer, or a large-scale fleet action with multiple players on each side. The basic rules are written with the emphasis on a fast, fun game full of incident, while still rewarding use of historical tactics. Optional rules add further historical detail. Sample scenarios and a campaign system are included. The book also contains colour ship counters, so no expensive models are needed to get started. Now there is no excuse not to relive the glories of Nelson at Trafalgar or Hawke at Quiberon Bay, or perhaps try your hand at a little piracy.
Blood, Bilge and Iron Balls Quick Reference Sheet (150.5 kB)
Generic British Ship Counters (1.9 MB)
Generic French Ship Counters (1.9 MB)
Generic Spanish Ship Counters (1.9 MB)
Ship Record Sheets (3.7 MB)
The Battle of the Nile - French Fleet (232.2 kB)
The Battle of the Nile - British Fleet (248.7 kB)
The Battle of the Nile - Ship Record Sheets (4.4 MB)
Game Tools (314.7 kB)
BONUS MATERIAL - US Fleet of 1816 (399.2 kB)
There is a seven-page section of full-colour cut -outs fleets for the British, French and Spanish. Counters are available to download, along with all of the ship rosters and playing aids, on the Pen and... [read full review]Wargames, Soldiers and Strategies
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