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    Default A smaller Trafalgar Project - AAR

    On October 6th, at the Council of Five Nations convention in Schenectady, NY, the following action took place:

    Order of Battle:
    The models used are listed, with the ship represented, if different, in parenthesis, followed by the point value of the model.


    Weather Column:

    HMS Victory, 104 200
    Leviathan, 74* 135
    HMS Brittania, 100 187
    HMS Spartiate, 74 144

    Lee Column:

    HMS Royal Sovereign, 100 192
    HMS Hibernia, 100 (Dreadnought, 98) 212
    HMS Defiance, 74 134
    HMS Defence, 74 135


    Duguay-Trouin, 74 144
    San Francisco de Asis, 74 139
    San Agustin, 74 151
    Redoutable, 74 150
    Santa Ana, 112 213
    Le Swiftsure, 74 135
    Principe de Asturias, 112 210
    Le Berwick, 74 135

    * Ship card and Mat courtesy of Capn Duff.

    There were 8 participants.

    Basic rules were used, with the wind from the NNW.

    The game began with the players, only a few of whom were familiar with the rules, maneuvering cautiously.

    A couple of turns in, however , things began to get hot, with the Victory sustaining a pair of broadsides from Duguay-Trouin and the San Francisco de Asis. True to Nelson's spirit, the Victory held fire until close range. The Leviathan followed the Victory, while the Britannia and the Spartiate maneuver to gain advantage over the San Agustin and Redoubtable.

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    Meanwhile, the Lee column and the Allied rear take things a little more gentlemanly.

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    By turn 4, the Allied Van and the Weather column have closed up, with a collision or two looking unavoidable.

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    The Lee column and the Allied rear continue to maneuver, with the Royal Sovereign and the Principe de Asturias exchanging broadsides and the rest looking for an chance to do some damage.

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    The northern end of the fight gets up close and personal. The Leviathan and the Duguay-Trouin, having collided, engage in an enthusiastic boarding actions on both sides, with the Leviathan winning.

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    Unfortunately, the capture of the Duguay-Trouin left the Leviathan weakened, and the St Agustin takes advantage and captures the Leviathan.

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    At the northern end, the Spartiate has sunk the San Fransisco de Asis, while at the southern end, there have been a few boarding attempts. Since all of the ships have sustained significant damage from broadsides, not all of the these actions are fought with the same enthusiasm as the early boarding actions.

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    Some of the maneuvers required allowances for the experience of the players.

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    After a quick adjustment to the positions of the ships, it's back to the action, with the Principe de Asturias having been sunk by the Defiance.

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    In the final turn, the French get some satisfaction when Le Berwick sinks the Hibernia, but the Victory, Royal Sovereign and the Britannia combine to sink the San Agustin.

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    With the Allied fleet reduced to four ships in very rough shape and the British still having six, two of which have not suffered too much damage, the game was called for the British.
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    Last edited by Knighttyme; 10-14-2018 at 08:56.

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    Thank you for posting this superb little action from the battle of Trafalgar Michael.
    great photos of the attack brought everything to life.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Great pics and action report, well done chaps looks like you had a good game
    Last edited by Capn Duff; 10-14-2018 at 13:46.

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    Nice! That looks like a great game.


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