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Monday, March 16, 2015

Naval Thunder at the Club!

Hi everyone,
Yes I am still alive and kicking. I have been recovering from my cold/cough that would not go away.  This past Sunday I got to play Naval Thunder at the game club with Soren and Joakim.  Both are members of the club and are fellow bloggers. please check out there blogs, Soren has Black Powder Games and Joakim has The Miniatures Man.  We had a fun game and it was the first time Joakim had played the rules and also Naval Wargaming.

The British protecting the coast

The Americans

The German fleet

We had three forces, the British and Americans against the evil empire of Germany. I commanded the US forces, Joakim had the British and Soren the Germans.
The Germans had the following ships:
Battleship squadron- Fredrich Der Grosse, Konig, and Ostfriesland
Battlecruiser squadron-Von Der Tann, Moltke, and Derflinger

The Germans split there force while under fire.

The British had:
Iron Duke and Warsrite.

The Royal Navy protecting the coast!
The US had:
Arizona, New York and Rhode Island.

The British and US Force was made up of all battleships.

The Americans steaming to support the British!
The objective was for the Germans to shell and destroy two towns along the British coast. Each town had a specific number of hull points. Both towns were able to escape with no damage as the Germans had there hands full with the combined US and British battleships.

The German Battlecruiser squadron breaks hard to engage the US ships.
The Germans split there force into two groups and focuses on the two separate parts of the allied fleet. The British had to hold off the three German Battleships while the Americans were fighting there way down the coast to support the British ships.

The Germans had to fight two fires on this ship.
Both sides engaged in fierce gun battles and a lot happened in a short amount of time. First both sides suffered damage to engine rooms in a number of ships which slowed almost all the groups of ships.

The first big event happened when the HMS Warspite was hit on turn 3 of the game with a critical hit. Soren rolled 20 on 2d10 and this was a magazine hit on the Warspite. The ship went up in a ball of flame. The people in the town were shocked by the explosion and may windows had to be replaced because of the massive explosion.
He rolled what!!!!

The death of the HMS Warspite
This did not stop the British and Americans from fighting the advancing Germans. Both sides were taking damage and eventual the Germans also suffered a massive explosion on board the Battleship Ostfiesland. She had taken a lot of damage and was about to sink when she also exploded from a shell from the US ships.

Finally the US gets some good dice rolls!

Still in line!

As the game progressed both sides lost ships, the US lost the USS Rhode Island and the New York and Arizona both took a beating. The British lost both of her ships in the battle. The Germans did not do much better as they lost three battleships and one BC.  The remaining BC's were also heavily damaged.

The British Fight to the end

The Germans start to lose ships

The death of the USS Rhode Island

A view of the US line as the Rhode Island goes down.

More German Ships go down.

The last British Battleship sinks defending the homeland!

In the end the game was a victory for the British and US players since they were able to protect the coast and the Germans were not able to shell the towns.

The losses were heavy take a look at below charts for some details on the damage.

Overall statistics

The German details

The British details

The American details

Thank you for stopping by and I hope to have more game reports in early April.
A big Thank you goes out to Soren for setting up the game!


  1. Thank you both for a very fun game. As said above it was my first naval wargame (except for a few games of fantasy Unchartered Seas). Good rules that were easy to learn and still gave great depth to the game.
    Losing Warspite that early in the game was somewhat unnerving. Damn dice... :-(
    There will hopefully be more Naval Thunder in the future - reading the rules now.

    1. Hi Joakim, It was great having you play your first game of Naval Thunder. It was fun and we look forward to having you participate in more games. Thank you for readying the rules, it is always good to have another person who knows the rules.

    2. I would love a game or two (or more) in the future

  2. Excellent --- have you played Victory at Sea --- how would you compare Naval Thunder from a time to play/complexity perspective? Your ships are beautifully painted! I also use that same ocean mat for my naval games :-)

    1. Hi Jay, thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog. I have not played Victory at Sea yet. The main reason I went with Naval Thunder was that I could download it and not wait for a set of rules to show up in the mail. As for the ships I can only claim credit for the three US ships, Soren painted the Germans and the British. He has done some great write ups on the ships and a tutorial on how to paint them. The mat is actually a club mat that is available for anyone to use at our club house. It is realy good. Thanks again for checking out my blog.

  3. A great narrative on a really fun game! - and thanks for summarizing the hull points in the handy overview, not much left on the Moltke:0).
    Tirpitz is currently pleading with the Kaiser for more funds so he can build the SMS Baden, which will hopefully be able to give your Arizona a run for the money :0)

    1. Thanks for setting up the game! It was fun. One day in 2015 I will have the historical 6th Battleship squadron painted and ready for combat. Then lets see how the 4 historic ships hold up against the Germans. Yes it will be fun to play the SMS Baden against the Arizona.
      Have a good week!

  4. Great looking game. Our club is headed down the Victory at Sea route for games but I've heard good things about Naval Thunder - it seems you are enjoying it :)

  5. Hi Mike! I would like to try Victory at Sea one day to get a comparison of the two sets of rules. Yes we enjoy the rules as they move quick and there is enough detail to keep the battles interesting and exciting. Thanks for stopping by my blog.