As a change from my Unorthodox experimentation in Galleys & Galleons, I had a go at a normal sailing ship action yesterday. I set up a refight of this fictional action, set in 1676 during the Scanian War, and featuring tow of the largest warships in the world of that time, the Swedish Stora Kronan and the Danish Sophia Amalia.
This time I labelled the ships, so the report will be easier to follow.
Both sides started the game heading towards each other with the wind on their beam. Christianus V led the Danish line, followed by the flagship Sophia Amalia and the Dannebroge brought up the rear. The Swedish line was headed by Hieronymus, followed by Stora Kronan and then Draken. The frigates of both sides sat to leeward of the line.
The big flagships are quite hard to control in a scenario like this, and you have to juggle giving them actions - which they can fail - with ensuring that the rest of teh squadron is able to do what it needs to do. Both sides suffered trying to maintain their line; the Danes suffered a collision, whilst the Swedes came close (look at how the Draken shaved along the side of Stora Kronan in the latter pictures). There's some tricky sailing to be had in this battle, for all that it's a battle of big guns.