Battle of Java SeaI decided to try the Java Sea scenario from the Mongoose Victory at Sea version 2 Play test rules (available from their forum http://forum.mongoosepublishing.com/viewtopic.php?f=84&t=121849 )
and using my 3D printed ships (available from www.gumroad.com/magpiedesigner). These will be available from 23/7/2020.
Please excuse the quality of the painting, I had to rush to get these pictures as it was due to rain the next day and I can only set up outside at the moment.
Scenario special Rules
|Scenario Set up|
Naka (not shown on map) leads her destroyers out, # 1 - 6 on map
Haguro and Nachi with their destroyers # 7 - 12 on map
Jintsu and her destroyers 13 - 17
|Full table set up|
|A moody shot of the ABDA|
HMS Exeter (# 5)
Java (#8) brings up the end of the line
In the end phase De Ruyter repaired one of the critical hits.
The ABDA smoke screens were very effective this turn with only the USS Aiden managing lucky hit on Jintsu.
In the end phase De Ruyter managed to repair the rest of the critical damage.
Although the smoke screen had protected the ABDA ships until now the range had also closed and this turn the Japanese managed to manoeuvre much better to open fire on the ABDA ships.
Jintsu closed on USS Houston firing 4 torpedoes at her, one of which hit causing 8 points of damage (from 23 total).
HMAS Perth then retaliated by torpedoing Jintsu which sank when two hit.
One of Jintsu’s destroyers (Hatsukaze) fired another torpedo into Houston rolling much better for damage causing her to sink.
HMS Encounter sank Tokitsuka with torpedoes
Haguro hit De Ruyter again crippling her and causing two more critical hits.
However, in the end phase De Ruyter again repaired some of the damage.
However Exeter repeated the mistake by trying to target a destroyer which was closing in for a torpedo attack only to find her main guns could not depress enough! In the rules main guns can not fire at smaller ships at point blank range (7” for Exeter and the destroyer was at 6 ½”).
Nachi used her main guns on Perth crippling her, while her light guns finished off DE Ruyter.
Another mistake by the ABDA player (that would be me again!) as he realised HMS Jupiter was in a perfect Torpedo attack position on Nachi. Luckily it was his turn to fire and he launched 5 Torpedoes into the cruiser crippling her with two hits.
Another Japanese destroyer (Ushio) torpedoed and sank Java.
Yet another (Samidare) torpedoed and sank Exeter.
At this point I called it. All the ABDA main force had been sunk or crippled for the loss of one light cruiser and a crippled Nachi which was in a position to break off.