It's been a while since I posted anything. I've been so caught up in family stuff that Wargaming has been pushed onto the back burner.
Anyway. I've been a big fan of Napoleonic naval games for a while now and love the models that Rod Langton produces. I've tried quite a few sets of rules out including Rod's own "Signal Close Action", "Warhammer Trafalgar" and "Fire as She Bears". They all had some flaw, too complicated, too simple etc but I recently had a crack at "Kiss Me Hardy" by Too Fat Lardies and seem to have found a perfect compromise!
Like all Lardy rule sets they are card based and work really well. I've tried a couple of games with my son and had a great deal of fun in the process. if this is a period that you have any interest in and are after a good fun set of rules that still have a feel for the period then give them a try. You won't be disappointed.
With regards to ship models, I can only speak for Langton's 1/1200 stuff but I've been blown away by the quality of the castings and attention to detail on these little things. While they are more expensive than most other manufacturers in this scale they are beautiful little kits, if a bit fiddly to put together. It's well worth the effort however as the finished article looks very sexy, especially with the rigging and ratlines on.