There was a moment of high drama in my study the other week. I was sitting in my comfy chair with a book, my wife was sitting at my computer desk, and I looked up and noticed that my 2 year old son was holding HMS Naiad, which I had moved to centre stage on my modelling desk so I could begin rigging it later that afternoon. Time slowed down. My wife tried to grab the ship, but I called that effort off when I saw that a tug of war had started. We instead tried gently asking him to put the ship down. That worked a treat. Alistair opened his hand and the ship fell and exploded on the floor. I don’t know where the spritsail went, which is odd because I have a wooden floor, but I raided another set of sails for a replacement. Several weeks later I am fairly proud to present two more completed frigates, HMS Naiad and La Pomone.
That means I now have four ships, so I can’t run Trafalgar. But there are plenty of actions that were that small – which is one of the reasons that I went with frigates.
I have also bought and painted some of the Langton’s shore installations (a Martello tower, a signal station, and a shore battery) which, together with the ships’ boats that came with them, should make for some fun scenarios.