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French & English battle of 20181027

 

French: Eveille 64 gun 3rd. rate

 

English: HMS America 64 gun 3rd. rate

 

            The wind was from the N.E., which made for a contrary condition for the French. The French were continually were maneuvering to Port attempting to get into open water.  They were anchored East of the town before being alerted of the British being sighted.DSCI0326.thumb.JPG.7125584904d88d6c2e1aad56464b16f2.JPG

 

The British were moving in fast having the wind to their back.DSCI0327.thumb.JPG.6fee1a783c8bed4ae6ec75e8ebd0e5bf.JPGDSCI0328.thumb.JPG.154abda95990d28f383e66ea4b50621e.JPG Once range closed to gun range both sides open up.  Unfortunately for the French, even though they were able to open fire first with a full Broadside, the English received little damage in relation to a Port Quarter Broadside that did more damage.DSCI0330.thumb.JPG.b3c003df795d931fb41655d709415867.JPGDSCI0331.thumb.JPG.b6b309d707f5f0c36a406a9c6a8cc983.JPG

They continued to close, with the British pulling ahead due to their position to the wind. At this point small arms range had been reached and both sides letting each other have it. DSCI0332.thumb.JPG.13babd59d5867046f890122cb5e84390.JPG The French still took heavier casualties. It was a repeat for the next phase of fire with just small arms completing the turn. The next turn started out the same until the second phase brought the English to a position to enable them to use their Starboard side guns (as reloading is not completed till the end of the turn.)DSCI0333.thumb.JPG.621a926f0ebbc508b360949ad2ef0bb0.JPG  We are still a little hazy on the mechanics since this is our second game so I believe a few things were a little off, but we will do another one in two weeks.

 

The battle was called due to time restraints and victory was based upon the amount of damage.  As evident by the ship status display the English won.DSCI0335.thumb.JPG.0d13eb29e0a84315b863a642981207a8.JPGDSCI0336.thumb.JPG.2e3b6f9e258ccf08c5af73bccf102f9f.JPG  But to the French’s credit, this is his first miniatures naval battle.  We did two short Wings of Glory WWI battles before this, did not have my camera ready for that one.  That was a two part battle with the Allies directed to fly through enemy lines to attack an Axis Aerodrome.  The Allies succeeded in getting both planes off the board, but were extensively shot up. Part two was to get back to safety, off the board where they entered.  They succeeded once again, with one plane held together with baling wire; one more point, but they made it.  Once again this was the Axis player’s third battle of miniature aircraft, so I would say he did quite well experiencing a genre outside his normal range of interests. I had not asked, but these may be his first “War Games.”

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