Today I took some time to play thought the aircraft and aircraft carrier section of Naval Thunder Battleship Row rules. I have been wanting to do this on the gaming table and I had some time to see how they work out. As the rules are written Aircraft Carriers and Aircraft are a pre-battle step with one possible sortie during the actual surface combat game. So if you want you do not have to have Aircraft Carrier Models and or aircraft miniatures, but what is the fun in that?
|The German Targets|
|HMS Illustrious with her 3 Torpedo bomber factors. Each factor equals 4 aircraft. so each miniature equals 4 aircraft for a total of 12 TB's.|
|The target's with the ship forms.|
In the rules there are three sorties that can be launched, two are done the day before the surface battle and one can take place during the actual surface battle. I will run through all 3 sorties here with no surface battle. this is what I would have happen during a campaign once an aircraft carrier launched an attack on the surface fleet that has been spotted but no surface battle will take place.
Sortie number 1:
|Swordfish's coming in for the 1st attack run.|
|Flack coming up!|
|First set of dice... no 10's yet...|
|Next set of attack dice... all 3 aircraft make it past the AAA|
|The dice are cast!!!|
|Passed the save roll! good solid hit!!!|
|The hit causes flooding.|
|The damage control teams are effective and stop the flooding.|
|Another try to Sink the Bismarck|
|The flack comes up again|
|No issues with the first set of dice.|
|Once aircraft is hit by AAA. The British lose 4 aircraft.|
|Only two planes left.|
|No time to rescue the downed crews.|
|Torpedoes in the water!|
|The dice are not kind this time.|
|The TB's head home to get more fish for the next attack.|
The attack is conducted with the remaining two TB's and unfortunately for the |British the attacks fail and the torpedoes miss there target.
The Third and final sortie
|Two TB's are inbound|
|First group of flak misses the British TB's|
|Another hit on the British TB's now there is only one that can attack.|
I conducted the third and finally sortie the same as the other two. If you have a surface battle the third sortie would happen randomly during the game. You roll a dice to see on which turn the attack aircraft show up. On this attack the Germans are able to shoot down another TB so only one is left to press the attack and it does not score a hit.
|the sortie sheet for the British|
|The data cards for the ships after the attack.|
So that is how it works.
I can see how this can play into a surface battle since the Bismarck has taken damage berfore it is intercepted by other surface vessels.
Have a good weekend.