This game's scenario charged the Allied task forces (Anglo-British and American) with conducting a link up at a set coordinate which served as the game's objective in the middle of the table.
|Snazzy Litko A&A Naval Markers! First time in use!|
|2 Japanese Heavy Cruisers|
|Japanese Destroyer escorts.|
|The British fleet steaming to their rendezvous point as ordered!|
|Betty Patrol Bombers abort mission due to heavy AAA fire from HMS Cossack!|
|The American force steams towards the objective! The flagship is the USS Montpelier flanked by numerous destroyer escorts and the venerable USS San Diego!|
|Japanese force spotted by an American reconnaissance patrol plane!|
|The Japanese are having horrible luck getting anything by the Allied gunners and the Betty sorties are constantly being turned back.|
|Japanese destroyers spot the American force and head straight for the flank!|
|Meanwhile the Japanese cruisers continue to head towards the small British force in the hopes of annihilating it!|
|The American Avengers have other plans, launching torpedo and bomb attacks against the Haguro!|
|Damage to the cruiser!|
|Another Japanese Destroyer, sinks and the destroyer screen evaporates. The remaining destroyer is crippled and heads for home.|
|Meanwhile on the left, the HMS Belfast is on its last legs and gets pulverized by the Japanese guns.|
|Before this round is over 2 cruisers and another destroyer are sent to the bottom and the outcome is almost decided. Japanese ships try to turn and run for Tokyo|
|Japanese submarine running for home!|
LESSONS LEARNED AND FINAL THOUGHTS:
It's great to get a game in and when I get to play against a live human being all the better! Axis and Allies Naval never disappoints - always there when you need it the only problem was I didn't have all of the cards or ships I needed as they are in a separate container SO you go to war with the Navy you have and I think Admiral B did a fine job dispatching the Japanese cruisers while still linking up with the British and accomplishing his mission.
Here are some tactical pointers if you find yourself in this position - make sure you mass your aircraft against targets. AAA is a nightmare and the bigger ships get 9D6 (nine six sided dice) to shoot at you with! 6s are two hits! The Yanks lost an Avenger squadron towards the end going up against the Haguro heavy cruiser.
Mass your forces. Bigger ships can always cause at least 1 damage point against a target and your smaller corvettes and destroyers most likely have torpedoes they can use to finish off stubborn ships that dont seem to want to sink!
A fun game that I will definitely play again. I'd like to base these miniatures and maybe add a light wash to them.
As if I didn't have enough projects - Axis and Allies Naval would make a fun project to convert to moderns!!!!