Martin, Kevin, and Bear were the commanders of the French while Andy, Derek, and I captained the Japanese. My squadron consisted of the heavy cruiser Furutaka, and the destroyers Kagoro, Isukaze, Urakaze, and Akitsuki. (I'm glad I remembered to write those names down because I can't tell names or classes from ship silhouettes. Naval gaming is not my primary thing.) Oh, yes, photos are courtesy of Martin and of my wife's camera (manned by me.)
Both sides spend a few turns advancing toward each other since most of our guns were vastly out of range. The Japanese found the French in range first, but the dice failed us... consistantly... all through the game.
|The Imperial Japanese commanders face some of the French fleet.|
|The same folks in the middle of the game with a smoke screen being generated by the French destroyers.|
|My cruiser, Furutaka, leading the destroyer squadron.|
|The three Japanese battleships under Derek's command.|
Andy's squadron is in the background.
|I believe this is Andy's lead cruiser.|
|To make the board less "boring", the Isles of Langerhans were added.|
(Apologies to the Firesign Theatre.)
As I approached, my faster destroyers pealed off, leaving the heavy cruiser and the older destroyer, Akitsuki, to come straight in. I was still hoping to launch torpedoes. Alas, this was not to be.
|Kevin measures the advance sailing of the French battleships. (He was closer to the models than Bear.)|
|Martin's flotilla - destroyers and a cruiser|
|The lead French battleship - the Bretagne, I believe.|
An older hull and smaller than the Japanese battle wagons as you'll see later.
|Led by the Kongo, the Japanese battleships execute a turn to bring broadsides to bear.|
I find the "pagoda" conning towers on the Japanese ships to be quite a fetching feature.
|Martin's destroyers lay down a smoke screen. I believe that's what "tin cans" are made for.|
|Furutaka is being passed by the slightly faster Kagoro in a vain attempt to begin a torpedo run.|
|More of Martin's DD's laid more smoke near the islands to mess up Andy's plans. The tipped-over ship is destroyed but has torpedoes in the water so was left there to mark the place of the launch.|
|Die, traitorous randomizers!|
Not that it mattered.
|Another artificial reef.|
|The Furutaka's bubbles with Kagoro steaming on it's futile errand.|
|Akitsuki, loyal and true to the last, attempts to finish his run on the French battle line.|
"Loyal and true" translates into English as "futile and stupid."
|The Japanese battleships with the Kongo in the lead. |
Andy had just finished repainting the Japanese ships, so this as their first outing in their new paint.
|The French destroyers begin their run. |
The counter with the squiggle represents evasive action by the ship, which lessens the chance of a hit.
|Kevin's French cruisers turn their backs on my ineffective force and begin to sail around the back of the French battle line to engage Andy's force over by the islands.|
|The French line of battle is being ranged by the Japanese long range guns.|
|Another view of the Kongo.|
I'm not a naval gamer but I was impressed with Andy's paint jobs.
|The Japanese battleline from a different angle, giving a good view of the "pagoda" superstructure.|
|The French battleship were older and smaller.|
|French destroyers in their evasive action.|
|My cruiser and four destroyers with the Japanese battleships on my order pad - just to give an idea of size.|
|The French battleship Bretagne in front of the Japanese battleship Kongo - the differences are obvious.|
Another fun game despite the frustrations of the dice. A day of gaming is still superior to many things we could end up doing.
|I'm not sure what church this stained glass window is from. I'm not sure I want to know.|
I would like to know if the roll of the dice is based on grace or law or simple perverse randomness.
|Sailing off into the sunset.|
Next week we're going to try a space battle using the Sunder the Stars rules (available on line, I understand.)
"IN SPACE, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU WHINE."