If you are a Naval Gamer and have not attended NAVCON in the past I highly recommend it. It is a nice small event that continues to expand each year held in Oak Creek, WI just south of Milwaukee.
My friend Mike and I ran two Naval thunder events which were well attended. in actuality they were over attended as we had planned for up to eight players and actually had ten at the first event and eleven at the second. We were happy to make room though as it is tough to turn away interested parties.
The First event was Java Sea which Mike had put together using his 1/2400 GHQ minis and I helped judge. As mentioned we ended up with ten total players which were each given command of a portion of the IJN or ADBA fleets. It was a good mix of Experienced as well as new players so we were able to teach the new players still getting their sea legs while keeping the game moving along for the veteran seamen.
FEB 27, 1942
|HMLS DeRuyter Doorman's Flagship|
The ABDA force engaged the Japanese in the Java Sea, and the battle raged intermittently from mid-
The battle consisted of a series of attempts over a seven-hour period by Doorman's Combined Striking Force to reach and attack the invasion convoy; each was rebuffed by the escort force with heavy losses being inflicted on the Allies.
|JAVA Sea Set up and ready to go|
|Turn 2 action|
Turn two opened with the HMS Exeter scoring two hits o the IJN Jintsu knocking out a torpedo mount and causing ,massive flooding with a hit to the water line. The crew of Exeter could not celebrate their success though as they were busy catching a full broadside from Nachi who scored two hits knocking out a secondary battery and damaging the engine room reducing her speed. A second formation of IJN ships lead by the IJN Naka entered the fray as she opened up on the Dutch DD HMLS Witte De Wittte with no effect, but making her presence known.
|Turn 3 Action|
|HMS Exeter being Pounded|
|Turn 4 HMS Exeter is lost|
Turn 5 saw the ranges continue to close. The ABDA was not ready to back down and were determined to get in to a knife fight with the IJN forces in an effort to break through and reach the landing convoys. Unfortunately communications were lacking and the USS Houston now with only
|Turn 5 saw the ADBA start to hit back|
Admiral Doorman aboard the DeRuyter was undaunted through and opened up on the IJN DD Hyashio send her to the bottom in a matter of seconds. HMLS Java opened up and ravaged the DD Amatzukaze with 5 hits from her 6in guns sending her to the bottom as well. Despite being out of control the Witte De Withe unleashed her guns on the IJN Kuroshio setting her ablaze. Unfortunately the Dutch DD was overpowered and began to sink as well.
As the lines were now almost point blank range the opposing DDs launched multiple salvos of torpedoes in addition to the short range gunnery duel that ensued inflicting tremendous damage. While
|Turn 5 Torpedoes in the Water|
Turn 6 devolved into more close gunnery exchanges and the surviving DDs worked feverishly to reload Torpedo tubes. Haguro unleashed yet another deadly salvo this time targeted at Admiral
|Turn 6 Final round of carnage|
Despite inflicting significant damage on the IJN the ABDA realizes that the fight is long since over for them as they have not even touched either IJN Heavy cruiser and the game is called. The game resulted in a allied defeat, but the Japanese victory was not as one sided as it was historically.
Historical/Game Type Ship Historical/Game
1 Sunk/1 Sunk CA 0/0
3 Sunk/2 Sunk CL 0/1 Sunk
3 Sunk/7 Sunk DD 1 Damaged/6 Sunk
Overall a great time. new players were exposed to the Naval Thunder game and veteran sailors also had a good time. Thanks to Mike for doing the research and leg work on putting together this scenario. it is always a pleasure to see his beautiful models in action.
For more infornation on the game rules you can find them here: