|HMS Prince of Wales British Flag Ship|
|HMS Repulse a WW1 Battlecruiser|
After a year to date of 28mm gaming it was time to go off piste for a while. WW2 Naval is an old love, when I moved to my current area 25 years ago, I joined the local club and the en vogue game at the time was WW1 Naval, the lad who ran the games, Richard ( haven't seen him for years, hope he's well ) had everything and I mean everything, a model for every ship, so there was no scope to build a fleet, so I moved into WW2. My collection now has every Japanese and Italian ship from the war down to destroyer plus a good selection of Brits, Yanks and Germans.
I put together a set of rules then which remain remarkably intact to this day. Its a great fall back game, quick to set up, easy to grasp and I think fun to play. The rules to many these days will seem old school, with "sharp intake of breath" tables and "horror" record keeping. But these are the sort of rules I grew up with, I just don't understand how you can attempt to deal with all the detail of WW2 with a single roll of a d6.
|A data card, each ship has one with all the info to play that ship, damage points and speed on the right. A 10x6 grid representing the ships deck to allocate hits and at the bottom a table with gun data giving number of dice and armour penetration.|
|The Initial Japanese Fleet|
|The joy of Naval Wargaming, sod all terrain cost and zero set up time.|
|Suzuya learns that having a fire at night is bad|
|HMS Ashanti explodes after a hit on a turret flashes to the magazine, the yellow counters signify a ship either using or illuminated by a searchlight, the card strips in the background are torpedo tracks.|
|HMS Neptune sinks surrounded by shell splashes.|
As the sun came up the British withdrew into a tighter formation for an anticipated air attack, whilst the Japanese withdrew to maximum visibility, the destroyers using smoke to cover the cruisers and any reinforcements which arrive. The players have been given their briefings for the mornings battle and we are ready for the next game in about 3 weeks time.
|Japanese fleet shadowing the British ready for daylight action|
|The British fleet closes up to prepare for air attack.|
Suzuya Mogami Class CA Arashi Kagero Class DD
Kumano Mogami Class CA Akebono Mod Fubuki Class DD
Chokai Atago Class CA Akitsuki Akitsuki Class DD
Myoko Nachi Class CA
Indomintable Illustrious Class CV Kashmir J/K Class DD
Prince of Wales KGV Class BB Lance L Class DD
Repulse Renown Class BC Vanity V & W Class DD
Ajax Leander Class LC Eskimo Tribal Class DD
Neptune Leander Class LC Vimeria V & W Class DD
Jaguar J Class DD Valentine V & W Class DD
Ashanti Tribal Class DD
Losses to date are British 1 Light Cruiser, 1 Destroyer, Japanese 1 Heavy Cruiser and 1 Destroyer plus one Heavy Cruiser with significant damage.