I found out about the event through my gaming buddy Mike who informed me he was running a Naval Thunder event both days. Mike and I along with Dan had previously formed Naval Thunder Gamers (NTG) to promote Naval Thunder at local conventions.
Unfortunately the last three years has not seen much Naval gaming for me as the local annual Naval Convention (NAVCON) has fallen on a work weekend the last two years. Additionally, I had discovered Bolt Action and Black Powder which has consumed the majority of my hobby time recently.
|Naval Thunder ROCKCON 2013|
The Saturday event (Battle of Savo Island) was scheduled to start at 10AM so the three of us met at a local restaurant for breakfast to catch up before heading over to set up.
|Initial Set Up|
|Warlord IJA 105mm Howitzer|
|IJN Column converges on USN in dead of night|
|View from USS Chicago|
|HMS Canberra takes damage and is set ablaze|
|USS Chicago moves up to Cover Canberra withdrawal and torpedoes are in the water.|
|USS Chicago delivers a crippling blow to Chokai|
|American DDs go down after delivering their Torpedoes. Two more IJN cruisers slip below the waves|
|HMS Canberra manages to cross the T and delivers a deadly Torpedo spread|
|A casualty comparison tells the story that it was not a good night for the IJN|
|Java Sea NAVCON 2013|
|What is this a blue ribbon?|
|Top three in the category I was entered|
|Acrylic paint set courtesy of Testor donation|