Note, you can see photos form other Enfilade 2018 games at this post.
Attack on San Carlos
The first game was from the Falklands/Malvinas War covering air attacks on British ships as they were unloading troops at San Carlos. We used the Air War C21 rules for the game. You can also see Kevin's view of the game on his blog. The Argentinians had the lion's share of choices to make for this game. They had to pick which planes were attacking, what angles they would attack from, and how they would approach the combat zone. The Royal Navy only had to figure out how best to allocate their limited number of Sea Harriers to best protect the amphibious landing.
The Argentinians decided to go with a mix of Daggers, Skyhawks, and Canberras. Then they made some die rolls to see if they lost any planes on the approach and if they entered on schedule. They lost one plane that flew too low over West Falkand to avoid Royal Navy SAMs and all but one flight was delayed in their entry. The Royal Navy had four Sea Harriers on the board, with two more on the way.
|Initial Setup with HMS Antelope (left) and HMS Fearless (right)|
|A pair of Sea Harriers fly CAP near Fearless|
|Skyhawks on the attack|
|Armada Skyhawks attacking|
Meanwhile, a flight of Daggers entered from the northwest and moved toward HMS Fearless.
|Sea Harriers intercepting the Daggers while Fearless fires a Sea Cat missile|
|Sea Harriers move in for revenge|
|Canberras enters as the Daggers drop their bombs|
|Canberras close in, trying to dodge the incoming missiles|
Luckily for the Royal Navy, they got their good gunshot with a critical hit knocking down the final Canberra (for those of you that know the rules, the Royal Navy pilot got to roll on the Golden BB table and killed the bomber pilot).
|The last Canberra goes down to guns|
Illustrious Must be Sunk!
The second game was the January 1940 attack on HMS Illustrious in the Mediterranean by a mixed German - Italian force. Those of you that follow the blog have seen a couple playtest reports on this game (here and here) and you can see Kevin's take on the game on his blog. This time around the Axis players went with a torpedo bomber force (choosing nine SM 79s and only 3 Stukas) and traded one flight of bombers for a pair of MC 200 escorts. The Royal Navy had six Fulmar fighters to protect the carrier, along with flak from the ships.
|Italian bombers enter the board|
|Royal Navy Fulmars on CAP duty|
|Fulmars make a head-on pass at the bombers|
|Bombers maneuvering to set up their torpedo runs|
|Strafing pays off|
|The bombers line up on the carrier as the Fulmars try to stop them|
|Flak tries to protect the carrier as the bombers close in|
|Torpedo run on the destroyer|
By this time, the Italians were in position to make their torpedo runs on Illustrious. Things didn't look very good for the carrier with torpedo planes on both sides.
|Torpedo bombers off the starboard side!|
|Torpedo bombers on the port side!|
|The last bombers approach|
|Last chance for the Axis|
The game came down to a few final rolls and it could have turned out better for the Axis players. But, everyone seemed to have a good time.
That's all for Enfilade 2018. I hope you enjoyed the photos and report.