Last week I had the opportunity to get the ships out and teach a new player. Denmark Strait is a classic engagement and a great introductory scenario.
Since it was just the two of us I gave Steven the choice of commands after a brief run down of the rules for Naval Thunder. Without hesitation he chose the British.
As the German player my goal was to sink one of the two British ships and exit the battle area via the South East corner. The British goal was to sink the Bismarck while still having one ship survive.
|Bismarck sights British ships on the horizon|
The German guns have a slightly longer range and better penetrations, but the British have more , so this really comes down to a slug match. Surprisingly we both scored hits in the opening round of fire at long and extreme.
|Bismarck is straddled by opening salvos|
Bismarck made for the exit while the British fire was extremely accurate. fortunately the mechanical issues with the Prince of Whales was an issue of the fire power of the British would have been more devastating.
|HMS Hood takes and early 15in shell causing a fire to erupt|
|Giants continue to batter one another|
|Bismarck suffers Engine damage as well as losing guns at a rapid rate.|
|Despite taking punishing blows Prince Eugen delivers torpedo salvo|
|Crippled Bismarck limps to safety as Prince Eugen covers her retreat|
Steven proved to be a great Captain for his first time out quickly gaining his sea legs.
Look forward to sailing the high seas again and teaching more potential sailors this great game.