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Brian Weathersby
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"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them." -- Joseph Alexandrovitch Brodsky, 1991
"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them." -- Joseph Alexandrovitch Brodsky, 1991

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First blog post in a while, as we've been busy dealing with the "joys" of home ownership this month.  Hoping to start catching up soon.

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In this blog post, I try to figure out what a sailing ship type does with these newfangled inventions like armor and steam.

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The first set of fleet photos.  There will be more in the future.

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So, I'm starting a blog....

After thinking about it for a while, I've decided to start a gaming blog. I will be focusing on my 1/1200 scale sailing ships, since they are my longest-running miniatures period. I first started building ships and playing naval games back in high school during the early 1980's. I did leave myself a loophole though, as the blog description says "and other game things that attract my attention."

There's not a lot there right now; just a welcome and some pictures of my two latest ships. I'm putting together pages on rules and my different fleets, so there should be more content in the near future. If you'd like to drop by, the address is:
https://mymodesailinglships.blogspot.com/


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So, I had a chance to take the sailing ships out to a friend's house for a game today. I ran the 1806 Battle of Santo Domingo, using the TooFat Lardies rules, Kiss Me, Hardy. Since the rules are designed for multiple squadron fleet actions, we made some changes to the rules so as to make them better for small scenarios.

From the playtesting, I expected a smashing British victory as happened historically. Instead, the French pulled off a victory! Historically, the French were surprised and tried to get away. Unfortunately for them, they were against the coast and the British wound up capturing or destroying all 5 ships. So, the French had to get at least 60% of their forces off of one of the board edges. So they had to either exit the far edge or fight their way through the British ships.

The British have three ships on the board, with four more coming on as the game progresses. Historically though, the British admiral had abandoned his blockade station to follow the French squadron to Santo Domingo. So the British players had to engage the French and cause damage within the first five game turns.

The British players closed quickly, and chose to fire at the French rigging in an attempt to slow them down. While the second British squadron closed as quickly as it could, the British player commanding the first squadron was having trouble getting his flag signals read by his subordinates. When he finally got his signals read, the first British squadron broke the French line, after taking a heavy pounding from the French guns.

In breaking the line, the British gave up their position between the French and the closest board edge, with the French quickly taking advantage of it. The fight degenerated into an ugly chase, with 4 French ships getting off the board (only 3 required for a victory) and one being captured due to a collision and boarding. The British fleet flagship was so heavily damaged ( mainmast down, admiral dead and hull heavily battered) that she actually struck her colors! The French were too busy leaving to stick around and take any surrenders though.

All in all, a fun game. Even the British players enjoyed it, and I will be doing another battle for them next month.
NOTE: Apparently the pictures stopped right after the British broke the line.

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