Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: AAR April Letters of Marque

  1. #1
    Captain of the Fleet
    Master & Commander
    UK

    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    South Glos
    Log Entries
    1,628
    Name
    Chris

    Default AAR April Letters of Marque

    Captain Marchand and his 1st Lieutenant , Badoc looked into the bay, so the intelligence had almost been right, Marchand mused, one packet ship he had been told, but instead there were two. Not that they posed a problem they were only sloops and would not be too much of an issue for his frigate, if he could get them alone. However what had failed to be mentioned was the fort that loomed behind the two anchored British sloops.
    “Time for some subterfuge I think Badoc”, “ Pardon Captain” replied Badoc, “A few weeks ago a English Frigate entered a harbour of ours with three ships of the line at anchor, protected by such a fort. They were laden with supplies for our troops. He managed to heavily damage all three ships and then blocked the harbour by sinking his own ship, do you know how he did it Badoc?” “Ah yes” Badoc replied, “ I remember hearing about that, he came into the harbour flying our colours then run up his true colours before opening fire. He was taken with his crew survivors into the fort. Was he not taken to Paris when an English Squadron appeared at the harbour entrance to blockade it ?”.
    “ Correct Badoc, what was he called, I cant remember , began with a H I think, anyway, lets show the English that two can play at that game, hoist up the English Ensign we have and prepare for action. We will sail in there and catch those sloops before they know what has hit them” “Oui mon Captain” replied Badoc and turned to issue the orders. He stopped at the ladders leading to the main deck “Hornblower Captain, the English Frigate Captain was called Hornblower”

    The Scene is set, to simulate the British colours I decided that the British would role a dice as soon as the French entered the channel. Turn 1 a six and the ruse would be discovered, Turn 2 five or six, turn 3 four, five or six etc



    Turn 1 & Turn 2 Dryade sails forward at full sail.





    Turn 3 British hoist Recognition signal from the fort



    Turn 4 Dryade reduces sail



    Turn 5 Dryade hoists French Colours



    Turn 6 The Sloops set off at battle sail speed.
    Dryade opens fire on Swan at long range full broadside
    Swann replies with rear arc as short range
    The fort hits Dryade with a bow rake ( Fort has two arc with a 3 & a 2 strength, the 3 opens fire)



    Turn 7 Fairy raises full sail and makes off.
    Swan on fire turns to try to take refuge under the guns of the fort.
    Dryade Reloads and prepares to chase Fairy.



    Turn 8 Swan takes a second fire damage and strikes
    Fairy moves to go around the Island
    Dryade Raises full sail to give chase.
    The fort opens up with full broadsides 3 at short range and 2 at long causing a leak on Dryade



    Turn 9 Fairy moves out of the channel
    Dryade now at full sail chases



    Turn 10 Fairy turn to Starboard and bow rakes Dryade.
    Dryade plugs the leak and pumps out one water damage.



    Turn 11
    Fairy tries to hug the Island coast
    Dyade fires a stern rake at long range and pumps out the second water damage



    Turn 12
    The chase is on



    Turn 13 Fairy, sail into the wind and turns to Port and opens fire again on Dryade and takes out another crew



    Turn 14 Fairy moves forward
    Dryade Opens fire at close range



    Turn 15 Fairy sails on trying to escape.
    Unfortunately Dryade crosses her rear and opens fire with a stern rake. Fairy Strikes.



    Dryade captures Fairy and finds in her Captains cabin plans for an invasion.
    As Swann had struck but was within the range of the fort I don’t think Dyade would have returned for her, so whatever she was carrying was left behind ( in fact it was a blank document)

    The Bill
    Dryade – 6 crew lost, 3 hull box completely damaged, 1 box partially damaged





    Fairy captured and taken as prize. All box damaged and 2 crew lost.





    Swann Struck but protected by fort so escaped



    Last edited by Capn Duff; 06-07-2016 at 15:56.

  2. #2
    Midshipman
    Poland

    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Location
    Świętokrzyskie
    Log Entries
    231
    Name
    Kamil

    Default

    Bloody fight, Dryade get it in the neck
    Big boats take the glory, little boats make the sailor

  3. #3
    Captain
    Sweden

    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Location
    Linköping
    Log Entries
    2,845
    Blog Entries
    6
    Name
    Jonas

    Default

    Fun story to read. Nice pictures. Good terrain. I liked this very much.

  4. #4
    2nd Lieutenant
    United States

    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    TX
    Log Entries
    806
    Blog Entries
    1
    Name
    Hugh

    Default

    I love the courage of the British commanders! Taking on a frigate in his sloop when he had the chance to run. It seems the execution of Admiral Byng for not fighting hard enough has pushed the British Captains too far in the opposite direction!

  5. #5
    Captain of the Fleet
    Master & Commander
    UK

    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    South Glos
    Log Entries
    1,628
    Name
    Chris

    Default

    I know it seems strange, it was the luck of the dice. i was using the powder monkey solo rules, but in fact the sloop was firing at 1-1-1 while Dryade was 1-2-1 so not much in it strength wise

  6. #6
    2nd Lieutenant
    United States

    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    TX
    Log Entries
    806
    Blog Entries
    1
    Name
    Hugh

    Default

    I wish I had someone to control the other side. Relying on the AI rules often leads to odd scenarios.

  7. #7
    Midshipman
    Germany

    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Location
    Bavaria
    Log Entries
    242
    Name
    Richard

    Default

    Very nice action! Pity the HMS Swan struck so close to the fort...

  8. #8
    Admiral of the Blue.
    Baron
    England

    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Notts
    Log Entries
    12,283
    Blog Entries
    22
    Name
    Rob

    Default

    Well done Chris.
    That was a superb ruse de guerre, and was the second of my ideas now tried out.
    Let us see if anyone can discover the others.
    Rob.

  9. #9
    Master & Commander
    UK

    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Northumberland
    Log Entries
    1,819
    Blog Entries
    2
    Name
    Neil

    Default

    Nicely done Chris.

  10. #10
    Midshipman
    New Zealand

    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Location
    Christchurch, NZ
    Log Entries
    146
    Name
    Keith

    Default

    Thanks for this AAR. I think the height of your terrain is ideal and adds much to the photos.
    Visit "The Wargames Room":
    http://thewargamesroom.wordpress.com

  11. #11
    Captain of the Fleet
    Master & Commander
    UK

    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    South Glos
    Log Entries
    1,628
    Name
    Chris

    Default

    Thanks Keith, glad you liked the game and pics.
    The "islands" are from the Kalistra models from their Hex terrain system mountains range.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •