A few weeks back, before we had more COVID restrictions in place, I GMed an actual naval game. I took me a while to get my AAR together so I don't remember the turn by turn details but the basic situation is as follows.
- Ships are 1/2400 from Tumbling Dice painted by me during last year's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge X.
- Rule were Dahlgren and Columbiad a fast play set by noted nail game David Manley available from Wargames Vault. These were a new set to all of us.
- Curt hosted, so it's his sea mat (looks very spiffy), arid hills representing the coast of the Atacampa desert and a Spanish town masquerading as Iquiqui.
- Instead of a historical scenario I put everything on table but in a historical setting. Basically I wanted to test the various ship types and the rules, and figure that this might be a one shot game using the toys.
- Jeremey had a squadron of Chilean cruising (unarmored) ships and was blockading the Peruvian port. I took the local Peruvian forces, two ex-ACW monitors and two spar torpedo boats.
- Curt had a Peruvian relief force of two sea going Ironclads and a well armed but unarmoured corvette. Stacy had a Chilean force also of two sea going ironclads and a well armed but unarmoured corvette.
|Game set up.|
|The Peruvian relief force, Huascar, Indepencia and Union|
|Jeremy's blockaders, the sacrificial offerings.|
|Close up of Jeremy's ships.|
|I pretend to know what I'm doing. Actually after a couple turns everyone had the rule mechanics down pat.|
|Long range shot. Curt's ships in foreground. My ships are attacking Jeremy in the middle distance and Stacy approaches in the distance.|