I'd be willing to bet that some of you already know what the scenario was, but I (not being wise in naval things) only realized what it was after a little coaxing and some broad hints.
|the table, suitably decorated with a narrow mouth and some of the north shore|
|One of th shore forts. The "A" and "B" show the fields of fire for the guns mounted in the forts.|
|There were "dead spots" between the forts fields of fire, but the ranges of the batteries was 40".|
|Each fort mounted 13.2" guns for primary armement and 12" guns for secondaries.|
In our scenario, the two German ships are about to enter the narrows at Istanbul. They are being persued by the battlecruisers, HMS Indomitable and HMS Indefatigable. The three shore forts shown in the photos above cannot fire on anybody until one turn after the British open fire. The British ships set up 30" behind the German ships. To win, the British had to stop and/or sink the Goeben and lose no more than one ship.
In the first game, Derrik and I took the British ships (Indefatigable was mine) while Kevin and Martin took the German ships and Bear took charge of the shore forts. Andy refereed since he made up the scenario. Derrik and I set up widely seperated and did a stern chase for about three turns, then I opened fire. Breslau began to lay down smoke, steering left and right while Goeben ran for the end of the table. Since I had opend fire so early, I took a lot of damage from the shore forts as well as the Goeben itself. My rudder was damaged and I could only turn to starboard.
|My command - HMS Indefatigable|
|the Goeben and the Breslau|
|The Breslau lays down smoke while the Indefatigable takes fire.|
|And more fire...|
|And more fire, until the rudder is disabled.|
|The British battlecruisers pushed forward at full speed in a tight formation.|
|Breslau laid down smoke again.|
|Although the light cruiser was able to hide the Goeben with smoke for a while,|
the Breslau was sunk by the two British ships.
For the third game, Lyle and Dale took the British for a turn or two (they had to leave early.) This time all the ships started further outside the harbor in order to give the British more of a chance to catch the Germans before the Turkish fort guns could be brought to bear. Beth and I left not too long after that so I'm unsure of the out-come. It is a tough game for the British and I heard some talk of adding a third ship to the British flotilla. Still it made for a good game - a real barn-burner and a nail-biter that took all your attention for a rather brief time.
|The Indefatigable under my command taking fire and showing a damaged rudder that would only turn to starboard.|
I couldn't go straight or to port.
|The Indefatigable slips into a watery grave, as it were.|
|One of the Turkish shore forts.|
In the second and third scenarios, their fields of fire were adjusted, the gunners' efficiency
was reduced and the lag time regarding the orders to open fire was lengthened.
|Kevin was captaining the Indefatigable when all these fires broke out.|
|You never know what you'll see in the waters around Istanbul.|
A giant walrus makes an appearance... scouting for Godzilla, no doubt.