A parcel arrived on the desk this morning. I love it when that happens. This one was from the nice folks at On Matters Military. I had ordered a copy of the DBMM version 2.0 rules (yes, I am still thinking of playing at Cancon in January 2011) as well as the DBMM Book 1 lists (they are army lists covering the period 3000 BCE to 500 BCE). Also enclosed was a copy of Robert Malcomson’s Warships of the Great Lakes, 1754-1834 (ISBN 0-7858-1798-0). Whilst this was published in 2004, I really don’t have much information on those particular maritime (is that the right word still for freshwater engagements?) events or the vessels that fought them.
I have some smaller sailing vessels at home that are suited for the Great Lakes warfare – at least that is what it says on the box. I am now looking forward to reading more about these vessels and I am hoping this book will give me a good introduction at least. A quick look through the book suggests that there will be more than enough detail for me. The book covers the French, English and American navies on the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain with the vessels ranging in size from a gunboat to something that was close to a First Rate. There are many contemporary illustrations throughout the book as well.
I must also commend the service of On Matters Military. The items were ordered on the 9th of October, paid for through PayPal, invoiced on the 11th, posted on the 13th and arrived on my desk on 22 October – so just under a fortnight from order to delivery. The books were very well wrapped and protected as well.