Yesterday Soren (over at Black Powder Games) and I played a game of Form Line of Battle with our ships for the Scanian War.
|Things got hot in this battle!|
We both had 3 ships each, Soren commanded the Danish squadron consisting of: The Flag ship Christianus V (85 guns), Churprindsen (74 guns) and Christianus IV (58 guns).
|From front to back: Danish ships Christianus V, Churprindsen, and Christianus IV|
I commanded the Swedish squadron consisting of : The flag ship Kronan (110 guns), The Nyckeln (84 guns), and the Armarant (52 guns).
|From left to right: Swedish Ships Kronan, Nyckeln and Armarnat|
|The set up at the beginning of the game|
The game started off with the two of us setting up the scenario and who had the strategic advantage, which fell to the Danish. This allowed Soren to set up his fleet after I had set up mine and he had the weather gauge in his favor. This means he was able to direct the direction and flow of the battle.
|The first shots fired by Christianus V at the Kronan|
Soren was able to maneuver into position to get off the first shots that were at long range at the Kronan.
|The first shots of the game|
|The first shots fall short of the target|
|The Kronan scratching the paint on the Danish ship Christianus V|
|Kronan firing here full broadside!|
|The Danish Squadron dealing death on the Swedish ships|
|Sometime the shots hit and sometime they missed|
The fight was very good and Soren tried to board the Kronan with the each of his ships. each attempt failed, which is good because at one point Soren was very close to boarding the Kronan with two ships and if he had been able to board with those two ships I do not think the Kronan would have been able to win the combat.
|The Nyckeln takes a critical hit and loses her fore mast|
|The Danish making a run for the Swedish Squadron|
|The battle rages as the range gets shorter|
|The Swedish ships score hits as well as the Danish|
|The Nyckeln scoring a hit on the Churprindsen|
|Another devastating hit on the Nyckeln, she is now on fire!|
|We are at close range here and the Nyckeln was able to put out the fire|
|The first boarding attempt by the Danish, Christianus V tries to board the Kronan, which fails|
After the boarding attempt Soren's and my line of battle fell apart and the fight became ship on ship. A lot of damage was dealt out to ships of both sides. We did have a boarding action between the Nyckeln and Christianus V. During this boarding action we ran into our first issue with the rules and I will be writing the authors of the rules for a clarification on how to to settle the issue we had. Basically the result of the boarding action is that I was able to defend the Nyckeln and repel the boarders with both of our ships losing crew parties to the point we had just the number of crew to run the ship and man the guns. Both ships cut free and started to sail away in a hail of gun fire!
|A view of the fight from above|
|The flag ships sail past after the failed boarding attempt|
|The start of the one boarding action that took place!|
|Stern rake on the Kronan did little damage from the smaller Churprindsen|
|The battle lines are gone and the fight becomes ship on ship|
The Danish fleet was doing OK the Christianus V had taken a lot of damage and was almost to the point that she would not be able to fire anymore. The Churprindsen had taken some damage but she was not at full strength and would not be able to take on the Death Star alone. Christianus IV was in good shape but again she was a smaller ship and the her ability to defeat the Kronan was limited.
|Point blank range!!|
|Lots of smoke!! I can smell the gun powder!!!|
At this point we called the game due to time, we had planned to play two battles but we only had time for one since we had more ships and more unique events take place. We called the battle a tie but that is to be debated. Ships on both side were severely damaged and will need a lot of repair while other ships were in good condition.
|In close and personal!!!|
Please check out the charts below for a breakdown of the starting condition of each ship and the damage taken.
Who do you think won???