Tuesday, 27 September 2011

First Clash over the North Sea, 1890.


It's the Anglo-Russian War of 1890. Prussia attempts to relieve the Royal Navy's blockade of the North Sea by an aeronef attack on the British Fleet. The raiders include two battleships, one battlecruiser, one armoured cruiser, one light cruiser and six escorts. The raiders are spotted by a Naval Intelligence Department spy and a warning sent top London by telegram over the undersea cables.










The Royal Navy's fast aeronef flotilla sails from Aberdeen to intercept with two battlecruisers and escorts.


Two fast battleships and a heavy cruiser with escorts are scrambled from their base in the Firth of Forth.


The British fast flotilla spots the German fleet through a gap in the clouds and an exchange of fire commences.


The German fire was ineffectual but the British destroy four of the German escorts (yes, I was astonished as well).


The Royal Navy battle force enters the fight. The British cruiser is smashed by overwhelming fire but one of the German battleships is crippled.


The German fleet abandons its mission and escapes into a cloudbank. The two German battleships are destroyed gallantly while trying to defend the lighter vessels. The sea is littered with burning wreckage and the British escorts alight onto the water to rescue survivors.

The models are from Brigade Miniatures. I used my own rules, which are optimised for fleet play and so do not require written records or orders.

10 comments:

  1. Nice one John, I'd be keen to know more about your rules for this. In the meantime, I put a link to your post at my VSF Blog here:

    http://pauljamesog.blogspot.com/2011/09/first-clash-over-north-sea-1890.html

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  2. Dear Paul,
    Thanks for the link. I might put the rules up if there was any demand.
    J

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  3. Well I'd be interested - I love Aeronef but the book keeping requirements for massed battles can be a chore

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  4. Dear Paul
    OK, I will see what I can do.
    John

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  5. add another vote for posting the rules John, I love my Aeronefs but find the rules so lacking that I havent had a single game yet.

    Gordon

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  6. Yet another vote to see your rules, I have palyed a few games with small modifications, but am looking for some thing with more depth.

    Mark

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  7. Interesting. I would also like to see your House-Rules.

    Also this is the first time I have seen Aeronef models without flight stands - they look very good.

    Tony

    PS.
    I do read your comments - great to know that you now get 4 extra.

    Tony
    http://dampfpanzerwagon.blogspot.com/

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  8. Thanks Guys
    I will try to put the rules up but they are not in a written form at the moment and I have to finish a novel by Feb., as I am under contrac to start another.
    J

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