It was a nature-deifyingly hot day out, so for the first time ever, I played a wargame outside!
1877 The Russio-Turkish War, A Squadron of the Black Seas fleet, Reinforced by Ships rushed in from the Baltic face off an Ottoman Squadron of Ironclads.
As the two squadrens come into range of one another head-on, they manuver into their formations for the battle.
The Russians form their frigates in a line on their left whilst Khaptain attempts to go-it-alone down the right, all with the circular ironclad Novgrod dawdling along giving long range supporting fire.
The Ottomans take a different approach, advancing in-line, with their ironclads screening their more vulnerable unarmoured ships.
As the two squadrons close, the concentrated fire of the ottoman ships jams the rudder of the lead Russian Armoured Frigate, forcing her to cut to starboard, destroying a number of her guns and starting a sizeable fire below decks. No other ships take any sizeable damage, and move on unmolested.
As the ships speed on, exchanging shells at distance, an unexpected catastrophe befalls the Russian Armoured Frigate Kreml, who takes a hit to her boiler, causing her to explode with unrivalled violence, killing all aboard and sending the previously undamaged ship, in pieces, to the bottom of the Black Sea.
The Ottoman Fleet breaks into two wings and takes significant but not crippling damage from Russian fire, and contuse onward doing considerable damage. The now one-ship-column of the Russians speeds on firing ineffective volleys at the large Ottoman Ironclad Messudieh
Muin-I-Zaffer, splitting her in two, before successfully ramming the Side-wheeler Torpedoship Squab and reducing her to matchwood. Khaptain then took the brunt of the fire from the remaining Ottoman ships at very close range, destroying many of her guns.
The game ended with the Khaptain ramming into Messudieh