Archive for the ‘1/6000 Naval’ Category

WW1 Naval – 1/6000 Scale Ships

February 20, 2016

A few recent additions to my 1/6000 scale WWI ships by Figurehead miniatures.

 

WWI Naval – Gulf of Finland

February 13, 2016

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a WWI naval battle. In this hypothetical engagement, the Germans send a portion of the High Seas Fleet into the Gulf of Finland in an attempt to engage and destroy the Russian Baltic Fleet. The date is March 15, 1915. The scenario is similar to a previous test.

Scale: 1/6000 miniatures, 500 yards/in ground scale.

Rules: Computer code (described here).

Visibility 16,000 yards. Wind southerly at 8 knots. Seastate 2.

Status at the end of the game: Fin2-end-status

Damage output file: SK-Normal-Fin2-2016-1-23 excerpt.txt

Plot of ship movements:
All Fin2-plot-all
First 20 minutes Fin2-plot-1to20
20 minutes to 40 minutes Fin2-plot-20to40
40 minutes to end Fin2-plot-40toend

We quit at this point due to time. The damage was relatively even. The Russian destroyers and torpedo boats and the German light cruisers did most of the fighting. One dreadnought had been sunk on each side.

WWI Naval Battle – Bay of Algiers, 1914

February 12, 2015

This fleet action is based on the Triple Alliance naval convention of 1913, as described in “The Great War at Sea” by Sondhaus. The plan was for the Italian and Austro-Hungarian fleets and any German ships in the Mediterranean to engage the French Fleet and block the Algerian troop transports. This scenario assumes that the war starts in February 1914, and that the British Mediterranean squadron joins the French.

Due to the generally longer ranges of the Triple Alliance guns, the French and British ships were under fire and unable to respond for the first few turns. Both sides had difficulty forming coherent battle lines due to the wide variation in ship speeds and capabilities. The Goeben and Dante Alighieri eventually destroyed the three British battlecruisers. Based on the situation when we quit, the French Algerian troops could be very late arriving in France.

Scale: 1/6000 miniatures, 500 yards/in ground scale.

Rules: Computer code in development.

Visibility 24,000 yards. Wind northwesterly at 6 knots. Seastate 2.

Status at the end of the game: Alg status

Damage output file: Alg-out

Plot of ship movements: Alg-plot

WWI Naval Battle – North Sea January 1915

February 4, 2015

This fleet action is based on the low point of Grand Fleet numerical superiority over the High Seas Fleet, as described in Massie, Robert K., “Castles of Steel,” Chapter 20, page 372. Based on the results of the Dogger Bank scenario played earlier, the opposing battle cruisers are still under repair.

Scale: 1/6000 miniatures, 500 yards/in ground scale.

Rules: Computer code in development.

Visibility 12,000 yards. Wind southwesterly at 24 knots. Seastate 4.

Status at the end of the game: NS15status

Damage output file: NS15-output

Plot of ship movements:
First 40 minutes NS15plot1-40
40-50 minutes NS15plot40-50
50-60 minutes NS15plot50-60
60-70 minutes NS15plot60-70

 

WWI Naval Battle – Dogger Bank

January 15, 2015

This Dogger Bank scenario starts at 7:20 am January 24th, 1915, just after the initial contacts.

Scale: 1/6000 miniatures, 500 yards/in ground scale.

Rules: Computer code in development.

Visibility 22,000 yards. Wind east by north at 10 knots. Seastate 1.

Status at the end of the game: dogger-status

Damage output file: Dogger-out

Plot of ship movements:
First 40 minutes Dogger-plot-1-40 
Last 35 minutes Dogger-plot-40-end

Rather than trying to escape to the southeast, the Germans decide to fight it out. [It would not be much of a game otherwise.] They maneuver to close the range while keeping their guns bearing and avoiding smoke obstruction. Although the gunnery duel is about even, the larger force of British cruisers and destroyers would probably prevent the heavily damaged German battle cruisers from reaching port.

WWI Naval Battle – Horn Reef, November 1914

January 8, 2015

The portions of the Grand and High Seas fleets that were not involved in the Kattegat battle had their own action at the same time. The British 1st and 4th Battle Squadrons, providing distant cover for the Kattegat force, are engaged by the newer German dreadnoughts steaming north from the Jade (Battle Squadron III and Scouting Group I).

Scale: 1/6000 miniatures, 500 yards/in ground scale.

Rules: Computer code in development.

Visibility 20,000 yards. Wind westerly at 12 knots. Seastate 3.

Status at the end of the game: Sk Horn status

Damage output file: SK-horn-hits

Plot of ship movements: First 35 minutes sk-plot-horn-1-35
Last 35 minutes sk-plot-horn-35-end

Map:

WWI Naval Battle – Kattegat, November 1914

November 19, 2014

This is the second in a series of hypothetical battles based on the implementation of the strategy suggested by Wolfgang Wegener (“The Naval Strategy of the World War“). For a brief description of the Wegener Thesis, see this article.

After taking the Jutland peninsula, the Germans establish a naval base at Frederikshavn. The British send the battle cruisers remaining operational from the previous battle and a supporting battle squadron into the Kattegat to disrupt German mining efforts.

Scale: 1/6000 miniatures, 500 yards/in ground scale.

Rules: Computer code in development.

Visibility 21,000 yards. Wind westerly at 8 knots. Seastate 2.

Status at the end of the game: Kat-status

Damage output file: Kat-output

Plot of ship movements: Kat-plot

Map: Kattegat – Skagen 10NM Grid

 

WWI Naval Battle – Aarhus Bugt, November 1914

November 12, 2014

This is the first of a series of hypothetical battles based on the implementation of the strategy suggested by Wolfgang Wegener (“The Naval Strategy of the World War“).

Having failed to defeat France in the campaign of 1914, the Germans invade Denmark as the first step to achieving a geographical position from which a naval war against Britain can be waged. To support the advance of the army north through the Jutland peninsula, the pre-dreadnought squadrons sortie from Kiel to bombard the southern defenses of Aarhus. British intelligence intercepts allow them to send the battle cruiser squadrons into the Kattegat in response.

After 50 minutes of maneuvering, the British established a favorable position to leeward blocking the German retreat. We called the game at that point since it was getting late. We expected many German ships to be destroyed, unless the British lost battlecruisers to magazine explosions. In any case, the German army would get no naval support at Aarhus.

Scale: 1/6000 miniatures, 500 yards/in ground scale.

Rules: Computer code in development.

Visibility 11,000 yards. Wind westerly at 14 knots. Seastate 3.

Status at the end of the game: Aarhus-status

Damage output file: Aarhus-output

Plot of ship movements: Aarhus-plot

Map: Aarhus 10NM grid

WWI Naval Battle – Strait of Messina 1914

October 30, 2014

In this hypothetical battle, The German Mediterranean squadron (significantly enlarged from the historical one) is cornered by the British in August 1914.

Scale: 1/6000 miniatures, 500 yards/in ground scale.

Rules: Computer code in development.

Visibility 20,000 yards. Wind westerly at 10 knots. Seastate 2.

Status at the end of the game: Messina Status

Damage output file: Messina-output

Plot of ship movements: Messina-plot

The German squadron heads east out of the Strait of Messina after coaling. Two British battlecruisers pass through the straits and approach from the northwest. Milne, in his flagship Inflexible, approaches from the southeast. The armoured cruisers of the 1st Cruiser Squadron approach from the northeast. The Goeben and the British battlecruisers are limited to 24 knots due to maintenance issues.

The Inflexible is sunk by the Goeben, allowing her to escape to the south with little damage. The German cruisers are all sunk and the British also lose one armoured cruiser.

Milne is posthumously hailed as a hero, and the Goeben reaches Turkey to play her historical role there.

WWI Naval Battle – Pola

September 17, 2014

In this hypothetical battle, The French attack the Austro-Hungarian naval base of Pola (Pula in Croatia today) in September 1914.

Scale: 1/6000 miniatures, 500 yards/in ground scale.

Rules: Computer code in development.

Visibility 22,000 yards. Wind southeasterly at 10 knots. Seastate 2.

Status at the end of the game: Pola-status

Damage output file: Pola-output

Plot of ship movements: Pola plot

This scenario was not balanced well due to the French advantage in gun range and the slow speed of the oldest A-H ships.