Took a break from painting black Seas ships to play some Crueler Seas last weekend. Decided to play "Sea Sweep" from my upcoming Flotilla Forward. Sea Sweep in an encounter scenario that can be used to simulate sea encounters when you aren't hunting convoys; anything from cruisers in the Philippines to picket patrol in the North Sea.
Location The Channel
Date Sept 1943
Visibility 1500 yards
Waves 4 feet
Mission: Keep station at point B until 04:30 hrs. Be alert for marauding enemy naval craft ( probable E boats) and engage said craft. Back up destroyers will be available. Good Luck and Good Hunting!
Lt "Dice" Benson careful/wealth Avg
SLT Marks corrupt/ govt Avg
Note early dogboats used here had 2 pdr up front and 20mm gun in back with only 2 torpedo tubes.
Dice starts engines and they move to investigate. " Blimey it is a minesweeper!" The heavy seas makes it hard to go fast as Dice orders both boats to attack with torpedoes.
4 inch shells getting closer to Benson's boat.
Benson's boat takes a 4 inch shell midship and a near miss severely damaging the boat. ( 21 hp left) In the best tradition of the Navy he calmly finishes his turn to port and lines up his shot as the minesweeper throws everything at his crew.
Both Dogboats move towards the rally point with angry tracers chasing them. Suddenly...
Still both boats make it to the rally point. A successful night as Lt Benson reports the minesweeper sunk.
Fun game. Post battle Dice's boat has a chance to make veteran status but misses. Both boats are repaired in time for the next mission.