The last couple of weeks I have been working on several different projects. Today I wanted to use my new Figurehead ironclads in a war-game. I wasn't sure which rules to use; Donald Featherstone's Ironclad rules in his Naval Wargaming book, or Bob Cordery's Portable Naval Rules 1860 to 1870. Mr Corderys rules make for fast games with easy to remember rules.
Instead of playing in my room, I set up this game in our bedroom. The sunlight shining through the window, with the fresh coat of snow made for a relaxing afternoon. Also, glancing out the window I could watch our resident turkey feeding in the yard.
Both the Austrian and Italian fleet had four ironclads. Using the Portable rules all the ships were equal in strength.
|The approaching Austrian fleet.|
|The Italian fleet.|
|The opposing fleets approach.|
|The Austrian fleet changes direction.|
|The Italian flagship opens fire on the Austrian flagship, and misses!|
|The Austrian line starts turning in on the Italian fleet, with the goal of "Ramming anything grey!"|
|Although taking a pounding from the Italian gunfire, the Austrian press home their attack. The last ship in the Italian line, the Formidabile, changes course to avoid being rammed.|
|The Austrian ships, the Drache and the Kaiser Max, both having suffered heavily from the Italians broadsides, ram the Regina and Palestro, causing sever damage to both.|
|The Palestro rams the Drache, but it is a glancing blow and does little damage. However, However, the Principe fires a broadside at the Drache, which promptly rolls and sinks.|
|The Kaiser Max crosses the stern of the Palestro and it's broadside sinks the Palestro.|
|A scene of the ongoing battle, with the turkey outside feeding.|
|Both fleets have lost a ship and most ships have suffered heavily. Both admirals decide to break off contact and head to port. But the ships continue to fire broadsides as the opportunity occur.|
|The Italian Formidabile crosses the Fredinand Max bow and lands four hits on it.|