Club night and another try out of Victory at Sea: Age of Dreadnoughts, we got some ideas from a set of house rules posted on the net, which streamlined some of the game mechanics, they worked fine. This time we introduced some destroyer escorts to the two squadrons of battlecruisers and battleships and played a simple meeting engagement. The British played very well and kept their fleet together, while we on the other hand made a mess of it, the battlecruisers went straight for the Royal Navy protected by smoke, but we hadn't really thought what would happen when the smoke cleared. When it did the battlecruisers were targets for the whole British battle line, including some big 15" gun battleships. SMS Lutzow took a severe pounding as did the Von Der Tann. A lucky, very lucky, shot blew up the Royal Oak and the Revenge had her engines disabled, a cheer went around the German fleet heard in Berlin, but the elation did not last long. Lutzow, ablaze from stem to stern settled in the water and was then hit by several torpedoes fired from British destroyers, she started to go down, the Seydlitz too, ground to a halt in flames while the Von Der Tann suddenly found herself the target of the complete British Fleet.
Where was the German battleships in all of this mayhem, I had positioned them badly at the start of the action and then found out that they would have been faster with sails, also the smaller German main armaments caused me a problem as only the Kaiser managed to get off some long range shots. In hindsight the Battlecruiser's should have turned and led the British on to my guns, but it's a wargame, not real life. The German destroyers were useless apart from giving smoke protection at the beginning, the British small ships managed two successful torpedo launches, one did no damage but the second did, to even survive to make the attacks was good work on their part.
The game went slightly faster but I am not sure how a really big game with more squadrons would play, especially trying to keep 'in period' with the rigid formations of WWI. And the title, it's German for my ships are rubbish!
The Royal Oak is just about to go up in smoke and the return fire is going to basically put the German battlecruisers out of action while the first British destroyers ready their torpedoes. Those 15" splashes are upturned, mangled, golf tees, great idea or what.
No point in putting a lot of pics up of small ships, so here is a real sailor, and may I also say that having been in the Navy, it does not make you a better fleet commander.
I don't have my roads yet, there was a seven week delay for terrain mats which I thought or hoped did not apply to roads, but it would seem I was wrong, but no bother I can wait. I also needed to order up some paint and found out that Army Painter Anti-Shine comes in brush on bottles as well as the spray, so as I need to spray in a warm atmosphere, the house or Post Office at this time of year, and need to keep the flak from the missus down to a minimum, I am going to try the brush on stuff.