The models are nice but not quite as detailed as most of the Warlord stuff. There is no crew or mast and certainly no flags. Then again, for the smaller boats Warlord doesn't give you any crew or flags either. The russian boats are nice and fully functional. I am glad I bought them.
A russian BMO boat with crew. Still need to add mast and flag.
I also ordered several crew from H+R. 6 figures for under a pound. These are 3 different poses and each is individually based. Very impressive and superior to the warlord crews. The problem for us in the US is postage will keep us from ordering any crew. For readers in the UK I think this is a great option.
So I wanted to get these ships on the water. I also wanted to start testing out some rules for Tumultuous Seas. Crueler Seas are my optional rules aimed at Warlord's target audience. Casual players that want a quick balanced game with some history thrown in. I sent Crueler Seas to Warlord and the inital response was enthusiastic but I guess John was less enthused. So Crueler Seas is now off to Wargames Illustrated; we will see. Tumultuous Seas will be aimed more at the Naval enthusiast. It should have formations, ship turning, air rules ect.
And now back to the Black Sea. In my reading there was actually a lot of action in the Black Sea between small boats. Both sides were trying to support the flanks of their armies on the northern shore. In addition, a fair amount of Romanian oil went down to the Mediterranean through the Black Sea. A number of scenarios here and you will see the Romanian Navy make an appearance on these pages as well.
In 1942 the Germans surrounded Sevastopol and the Navy and Air Force was ordered to blockade the port. This was because the Germans were close to capturing the city in 1941 but without Naval support the Russians were able to move men and supplies freely and keep the city open. In response 8 S-boats and 4 MAS boats moved into the Black Sea...
Place 2 miles off Sevastopol
Visibility Just under 1 mile
Sea Beaufort 2
Lt Z See Schmidt strained against the night to see anything moving. Every couple days the russians tried to move men and supplies into the city. The luftwaffe had been doing a good job during the day so the Kreigsmarine had to keep up the pressure at night. That was his mission tonight.
He had 2 boats with him, all average crews, in a line ahead formation.
Finally Schmidt sees the tanker. " I know what they have been screening!", he cries. He orders Bachmann to full throttle to swing to starboard hoping there is time for one torpedo shot.
Bachmann jumps out at full speed hoping to get an angle to take out the tanker and erase his earlier error. As he cuts in front of a russian boat both 45mm guns hit starting a fire.
Great mission that took an unexpected turn! Tactically a tie as both sides lost 1 boat with 1 boat severely damaged but operationally the Germans lost as the tanker made it through.
For those of you that want to try out the MO-4 here are the stats I used.
1 45mm fore and 1 aft. -1 from the damage roll as these guns had poor muzzle velocity.
1 HMG port and 1 starboard.
45 hit points ( well compartmentalized) Speed slow 8 knots combat 16 knots full 24 knots
I have also started on revising the aircraft rules. Here are 2 pictures.