I'm still trying to take advantage of the good weather for some outdoor lawn gaming. On Saturday a small group of us had the chance to get together to play a coastal forces action. We used David Manley's Narrow Seas rules (available on Wargame Vault) with the 1/300 scale ships (from Warlord Games Cruel Seas line). This gave me a chance to get my Kriegsfischkutters (KFKs) and Räumbootes (R-boats) on the table. On the other side were Bill's six Vosper Motor Torpedo Boats (MTBs).
|Bill's nicely painted 73' Vospers (with 4 torpedo tubes) and 72.5' Vospers|
|British target for tonight |
|The Vosper launches torpedoes (this is after the boat movement, but before torpedo movement)|
|Merchants trying to comb the torpedo wake|
The Royal Navy had some success early on, getting a torpedo hit on a merchant (stopping it dead in the water, but not sinking it) and a bridge hit on an R-boot that would force it to head off the map.
|The MTBs enjoying their early success|
The little KFKs then got into action and started to make an impact with their 37mm guns and, in a lucky case, ramming and sinking an MTB.
|a KFK blasting away at an MTB|
Once their torpedoes were gone, the MTBs broke off the action. With the sides disengaged, we looked at the damage done. Most of the MTBs and escorts had taken some damage. The Germans had one merchant wrecked and dead in the water and the British lost three MTBs. So we gave the Germans the edge in the battle.
Everyone seemed to have a good time and liked how the rules played out. I expect we'll see more coastal force actions in the future.