Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Stora Kronan vs Sophia Amalia - Again

With all the ships still on the table it was a simple thing today to run yesterday's action again. Once again the Swedes are on the left - Draken, Stora Kronan and Hieronymous with Fenix shadowing them - and the Danes on the right - Christianus V, Sophia Amalia and Dannebroge, accompanied by Hommeren.

Both squadrons stayed fairly organised this time. The Swedes bore down on the Danes, who held their line.

The Swedes opened fire first, with Draken damaging Christianus V.

Christianus V returned the favour, and Sophia Amalia also opened fire on Stora Kronan, but with negligible effect.

Both sides were exchanging fire now.

The two flagships are very ponderous. As they closed Stora Kronan found itself unable to turn hard enough, and there was a massive collision, which left both it and Sophia Amalia damaged.

At the rear of the lines Dannebroge managed to rake and seriously damage Hieronymous.

The Swedish ship caught fire, and the crew rushed to contain the blaze.

They did so, but they had continued to turn, and the Hieronymous crashed into the stern of the Stora Kronan. the collision left the Swedish flag crippled, and the Hieronymous so badly damaged that it hauled down its colours.

The Stora Kronan's crew were in some confusion now and paying little attention to their helm. They found themselves steering straight for the Dannebroge. With no alternative they threw out grapples and rushed to board the Danish vessel. Initially they had the upper-hand ...

However the Dames quickly rallied, and the Dannebroge forced the battered Swedish flagship to strike.

Whilst this dramatic series of events had been taking place, Draken and Christianus V had been firing at each other, and both ships were close to striking. Draken had to steer to avoid the shallows ...

... and collided with Sophia Amalia. The resulting damage was too much for the surviving Swedish battleship, and it struck.

This just left the Swedes with the Fenix, which fled. Neither frigate had been seriously engaged.

The Swedes lost all three of their ships of the line. The Danes had been seriously battered though, with both Christianus V and Sophia Amalia being crippled. Only Dannebroge had escaped serious damage.

This was a much more satisfying game, with both squadrons maintaining some semblence of order for most of the battle, but a lot of it hinging on failed activations leading to rolls on the terrible All At Sea table.

I made two small changed. Excess Hull criticals would only cause a ship to sink if it was, or had previously been, holed. And if a ship took excess damage from a collision, it would sink on a D6 roll of 1-3 and remain afloat but strike on a 4-6. I'll write up my excess damage rules and add them to my house-rules at some stage.

1 comment:

  1. One typo in the first paragraph: you state both the Swedes and the Danes are on the left when the Danes are on the right.

    Very enjoyable battle report! This and the previous one were easy to follow, even though I do not know the rules. I look forward to more. :)


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