Sunday, 16 September 2012

Surprise Attack - Battle Fleet : Atlantic

 A scenario from the Battle Fleet Gothic rulebook, the German force is lying up beside a small rocky island, the Scharnhorst is on full alert and the Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen are at anchor.
 A British force consisting of the Hood, Ark Royal and the Suffolk arrive at speed and attack the Prinz Eugen. The compass marker above is checking to see if a broadside is possible.

 After much shelling the Ark Royal launches her planes at the stricken Prinz Eugen.
 A roll on the Catastrophic Damage table sees the Prinz Eugen explode and sink!.
 The Scharnhorst fires to no great effect.

 The Scharnhorst takes heavy fire killing many crew as the hull is breached twice and a fire breaks out on board.
 The Gneisenau steams into action but the fire still burns aboard the Scharnhorst.
 The mighty Hood takes hits from the Gneisenau but no critical damage.
 The Hood beats a leadership test to lock on to the Gneisenau and rolls six hits from a broadside of eight guns. Two damage points each!.
 Three critical damage results occur from the twelve damage points causing steering damage and A turret to be out of action and also a fire on board.
 The German battlecruisers return fire from either side of the island but don't achieve much.
 HMS Hood and HMS Suffolk under fire.
 Both the Hood and the Suffolk manage to lock on to the Gneisenau reducing the stricken ship to a drifting wreck.
 The Scharnhorst is still burning taking damage from the fire each turn.
 After some failures the Ark royal passes her test to relaunch her aircraft. They attack the Scharnhorst.
Four out of the five flights press home their attack and the badly damaged Scharnhorst explodes and sinks.
The three white dice are the flak guns requiring 4,5 or 6 to drive off a flight of attacking planes.The four red dice are the attacks made by the four remaining flights of planes, each have three deducted from them so only the six rolled caused three points of damage on the Scharnhorst which only had two points remaining.
With no damage points left the ship had to roll on the Catastrophic Damage table with the two red dice to the top left of the picture, the score of nine means that the ship explodes and sinks.


  1. A very interesting scenario and action, Paul. Despite the one-sided nature of that battle as 'fought', the forces don't - or didn't - look so mismatched at the outset. Not unless 'Ark Royal' was 50 miles away...

    I like your damage markers, too. Those explosion markers do look as though something very horrible is happening aboard those vessels!

    1. I also played this scenario last week but didn't take any photos.The forces were the same but the RN lost HMS Suffolk and Ark Royal in a pretty ferocious battle.

      The British had some very lucky dice rolls when it came to scoring critical damage, while the Germans failed to score any critical damage at all during this second encounter.

      The damage markers are from GW's Battle Fleet Gothic and get used for several other games.

      Thanks for your interest Ion.


  2. Hmm interesting

    Battle Fleet Gothic eh ... interesting
    Good report