So an actuary, an archivist and a French literature prof walk into an open field...
Sylvain wanted to use his 1:1200 WW2 battleships in a Fletcher Pratt style game, so he decided that we would do it grand scale and play in a park. With winter approaching, this was best done sooner than later so Sylvain, Curt and I went out to play with toy ships in the park today (much to my family's amusement).
Today's weather was, well bloody cold and miserable...Ok my picture didn't work but the weather network has the following readings at 2pm on October +6C (-2C with windchill), and winds of 43kph from the NW.
I had two USN battleships (USS Colorado and Arizona, based on neither ship being at Pearl Harbour on the 7th) while Curt fielded the Kongo and Ise for the IJN, with Sylvain acting as GM. After about 35 minutes of game time (about an hour and a bit of real time) we traded some hits with my eyesight proving superior to Curt's. He decided to cut and run, which was quite alright with me. I did my running sprinting across King's Road park chasing down ship logs and turning circles blown away by the gale force winds.
I am sure that Curt will post much better pictures but here are the ones off of my I phone.
|Colorado (to the right) leading Arizona|
|Same ships but from a lower angle.|
|My fleet in line a head.|
|Sylvain and Curt by the IJN force from the USN position.|
|Sylvain takes measurements while Curt takes photos. Note the paint roller shell splashes - very effective!|
|We're ranging in on the target.|
|Curt's shots are short but getting closer.|