1/1200 Ancient Naval – Punic Wars

June 26, 2019

The numbers of 1/1200 scale ancient naval ships most appropriate for the Punic Wars have been increased from 32 quadriremes (tetrere) and 12 quinqueremes (pentere) to 40 and 96, respectively. This will give enough Hail Agrippa! units for a reasonable sized battle. [Hail Agrippa! rules link]

Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam

RECON 2019 Saturday Photos

April 27, 2019

Photos of some of the games being played Saturday at the HMGS-South convention RECON 2019, Orlando Florida.

Link to Flickr album.

RECON 2019 Friday Photos

April 26, 2019

Photos of some of the games being played Friday at the HMGS-South convention RECON 2019, Orlando Florida.

Link to Flickr album.

RECON 2019 Thursday Photos

April 25, 2019

Photos of some of the games setup or being played Thursday night at the HMGS-South convention RECON 2019, Orlando Florida.

Link to Flickr album.

WW1 Naval – Baltic Convoy 1916

April 7, 2019

This scenario was inspired by the Russian attack on a convoy of iron ore sailing from Sweden to Germany described in “After Jutland“, Chapter 6, pages 90-91. The Russian attack group of destroyers has a close cover force of cruisers and a distant cover force of dreadnoughts. The Germans expect the operation and counter with their own cruiser and dreadnought supporting forces.

Winds WSW at 5 knots. Sea state 2. Visibility 6 NM.

Narrative

Player reports
Russian
German

Plots
0-25 minutes
25-50 minutes
50-75 minutes
All

End game status

Computer code (described here)

With only two Russian dreadnoughts left to face six relatively intact German dreadnoughts, we called the game. The convoy and most of the German cruisers had been destroyed, but the loss of the Russians dreadnoughts was a high price to pay for meeting the mission objective.

1/6000 Naval – Never Built Dutch Dreadnoughts

April 6, 2019

This is a Dutch dreadnought design from 1913, modeled in 1/6000 scale. Various designs were proposed from 1912 through 1914, as described in Warship International No. 4, 1988, No. 1, 1989 and No. 4, 1989. The 1913 quadruple turret design was chosen because it differed the most from contemporary German designs.

Normal displacement 20,700 tons
Length 169.2 meters
Eight 34.3cm L/45 in quadruple turrets
Sixteen 15cm L/50in casemates
Oil fired, 22-23 knots

The names were taken from late 19th Century Dutch cruisers.

 

 

 

 

1/6000 Naval – Never Built Ships

January 4, 2019

These are various ship designs from WW1 or shortly thereafter, modeled in 1/6000 scale. Many had little or no chance of being built.

La Motte-Picquet class French cruiser.

1917 Russian design for a Black Sea Battleship. The link has several 16-inch gun designs. Version 2 of the four variations by V.P. Kostenko (at the bottom of the page) was modeled since it was among the later designs (1917) and matches the drawings provided.

Austro-Hungarian Project V Battleship. Austro-Hungarian Project VI Battlecruiser. The last Austro-Hungarian battleship and battlecruiser designs were modeled.

German Post-Jutland Battleship Design Studies. Battleship study L20eɑ was modeled since it was selected on 11 September 1918 as the basis for the next German battleship (Dodson, “The Kaiser’s Battlefleet” page 126). Battlecruiser study GK4541 was modeled since it was among the last designs considered (Dodson, “The Kaiser’s Battlefleet” page 127) and since it was included in the Avalanche Press game “Jutland 1919“.

Tillman Battleships. Design IV-2 was modeled since it was the one presented to Congress early in 1917.

WW1 Naval – Oran 1914

December 2, 2018

This alternate history scenario was a confrontation between British and French ships in November 1914. The British were tasked with preventing the return of the French fleet from Oran to Toulon. The French were to get underway from the anchorage at Oran and get past the British.

Player briefings

Status at the end of the game

Narrative

Player reports:
British
French

Plots of ship movements:
0-30 minutes
30-45 minutes
40-60 minutes
All

Computer code (described here)

We stopped play after 12 turns (60 minutes of game time) and about 4 hours of real time.

Check Your Six WWII – English Channel Convoy 1940

November 10, 2018

Saturday the local HMGS-South group played a game of Check Your Six using 1/300 scale aircraft.

Summer 1940: Six Ju87s escorted by four Me109s attack a British convoy in the English Channel. They are opposed by four Hurricanes and ship-borne AA on the three merchants and one destroyer.

Three Ju87s and one Hurricane are destroyed by the time all the bombing attacks are resolved. The convoy escapes without damage.

Heligoland Bight – 1916

November 2, 2018

This Friday we played a fictitious naval battle set in the North Sea in 1916. The British attempt to sweep the Heligoland Bight to eliminate German patrols. The Germans are supporting their light forces with heavy ships. The scenario includes ships not actually available in the North Sea at the time.

Player briefings

Winds WSW at 3 knots. Sea state 2. Visibility 5 NM toward the SW, 6 NM toward the NE.

Status at the end of the game

Narrative

Player reports:
British
German

Plots of ship movements:
0-30 minutes
30-50 minutes
All

Computer code (described here)

We played for about 4 hours without a decisive result. The British had suffered somewhat more damage. In spite of a lot of torpedo fire from the light cruisers and destroyers, the only two torpedo hits were achieved by the Von der Tann and the Blucher.