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NKL AeroTom07 Oct 2019 10:36 p.m. PST

A game of the recently released War by Sail rules, set in the 9 Years' War.
Miniatures 1/2400 from Tumbling Dice, Mat from Deep Cut Studio.

British line a First Rate, Second Rate, and 2 80 gun 3rd rates, trailed by a 4th rate.

The two lines converge… English coming from upwind

The lines intersect, trading bow chaser fire and a few casualties…

The French attempt to wear their entire line…

The two lines just before the sh*t absolutely hit the fan…

The lead English ship rams the lead French ship out of the way, broadsiding the second in line (the French flagship!) Its set afire immediately…

Bow raking fire from the lead French ship hits hard into the English first rate at the head of the line, setting it on fire as well! both flagships on fire by turn 3!
The English Second rate 2nd in line turns and tries to get in some sneaky hits on the French flagship…

The French flagship orders a full broadside into the English flagship, and damn the fires! The English flagship takes an absolute hammering, but this lack of fire control causes the french flagship to EXPLODE! as the magazine catches light.
The English flagship now fighting 2 separate and quite significant fires… putting it well out of action for at leas the next few turns.

The English line about to enter the fray

The English 2nd rate "Sandwich" peel away from the clusterf*&#, focusing on the French stragglers behind. Meanwhile a French ship not quite paying attention ahead collides with the French flagship, narrowly avoiding being set on fire by proximity.
The fire from the English flagship does spread to the Frenchman that raked her… just desserts?
One of the English 3rd rates turns to deal with the dirty raker, getting a good broadside in

The French flagship sinks quickly after exploding, freeing up the center of the battle. English 2nd and 3rd rates attempt to focus fire on a French 1st rate, inflicting significant damage… The French fleet is somewhat broken or in ineffective places…

The lead French ship finally catches fire, while the English flagship desperately fights to control the raging fires aboard…

Chaos as a 3rd French ship is set afire by Stern raking shots from Sandwich (at the very top of this image)

the Lead French ship ignores the fires, electing instead to stern-rake the English 3rd rate (at the bottom of this image)

The action at the same point…

The lead French ship is eventually able to put out the fires, although we called the game here shortly after the rear-most French ship was set afire and struck her colors.
The English flagship went on to burn to the waterline, and sank after the battle. Even with this loss (of over 700 men?) the English scored 2 French ships sunk, and 1 surrendered, a Heroic Victory!

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP08 Oct 2019 5:49 a.m. PST

Nice AAR! Thanks for sharing

jocknroll Supporting Member of TMP08 Oct 2019 11:43 a.m. PST

Yes, I enjoyed this and your video.

NKL AeroTom08 Oct 2019 6:42 p.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed!

Malcolm08 Oct 2019 9:07 p.m. PST

Isn't there too many fires?

NKL AeroTom08 Oct 2019 11:26 p.m. PST

The amount of fires in this game can be quite random, some games you get no fires, some you get multiple fires at once…

This engraving of the Nine years' war seems to show a few ships on fire, even some exploding!

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Oct 2019 10:56 a.m. PST

seems to show a few ships on fire, even some exploding!

That's because it's an engraving of the fireship attack on the French fleet that was trapped in the harbor at La Hogue. Fireship attacks at sea were very rarely successful, but they sometimes worked against anchored or grounded targets. In this case it was very effective, but mainly because the French crews were too tired and demoralized to resist after their failure to defeat the Anglo-Dutch at Barfleur a couple days previously.

It was an extremely rare event for a sailing ship to be destroyed by fire during a running sea fight.

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