As promised in previous posts Soren and I meet at the club yesterday and fought our first Naval engagement of the Scanian War.
|Both sides fire but the Swedes miss there mark|
This was the first time we used the rules so we only put out one ship for each side. Soren had the Danish flagship Christianus V (85) and I had the Swedish flagship Amarant (52).
|Christianus V comes to claim her prize|
The basic set us was around the historic battle of Mon. Here is an overview of the battle
"A smaller Swedish squadron under Admiral Erik Sjöblad attempted to sail from Gothenburg to join the main Swedish fleet in the Baltic Sea. It was intercepted by a superior Danish force under Niels Juel and decimated over the course of two days. The Swedes lost 8 ships and over 1,500 men dead, injured or captured, including Admiral Sjöblad himself, while the Danish losses were insignificant."
|Christianus V scores a heavy hit on the Amarant|
With this in mind, during the actual battle the ships broke from line of battle and the fight became a fight between individual ships. Here is a description of what I was trying to set up in this game
|The Amarnat is stern raked by the guns of the Christianus V|
"Since the wind was too light for coordinated maneuvers, Juel gave orders for every captain to attack the nearest enemy ship to sink or capture them. By 4 o'clock, Juel's flagship Christianus V had caught up with Sjöblad's Amarant and after an intense artillery duel that lasted two hours, the Swedish flagships lost a yard and had its largest topsail shot to pieces. Per Rosenlund of the Andromeda tried to turn around to assist his admiral, but his crew refused to follow orders since they "did not want to go back and let themselves be slaughtered like sheep". Sjöblad had to surrender and was taken prisoner."
|tools of the game|
|a pregame shot of my two ships|
We maneuvered and Soren was able to score two stern rakes on my ship and the damage was sever and eventually the Swedish failed the strike test. The Swedish ship had to strike her colors and basically the game was over.
|my Danish ship looks good on the board|
The rules were perfect for what we are looking for, we were both able to start playing with little prep time and we plan to play another couple of games with more ships. this way we can see how the rules work when we have multiple ships in line.
|learning to drive....sail|
Enjoy the pictures from the game.
|moving to get into a good firing position|
|the Danish score fist blood|
|both sides get in shots|
|a view from the Danish side of the game|
|the Amarant took a lot of damage early and was not able to recover|
|a historic end to a great game|
Thanks for stopping by and checking out the battle pictures.