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by Fitzwalrus
Fri Mar 30, 2007 6:00 pm
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: The newbie wonders
Replies: 27
Views: 7137

Old US Navy torpedo bomber squadron saying:

"If you want to fill 'em with air, bomb 'em.
If you want to fill 'em with water, torpedo 'em."

:D
by Fitzwalrus
Fri Mar 30, 2007 5:36 pm
Forum: Mongoose General Discussion
Topic: VaS Smoke questions with official answers from Mongoose
Replies: 10
Views: 3711

Oh, that Matt...... :wink: :lol:
by Fitzwalrus
Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:04 pm
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: The Hunt for Bismarck mini campaign -LSHM-
Replies: 12
Views: 4034

The AP tactical system works OK if you're just sitting down to play the boardgame; Avalon Hill/Yaquinto's tactical system in Flattop also falls into the same category. If I were using any of these games as a Campaign basis I definitely would substitute VAS or some other miniatures rules for tactical...
by Fitzwalrus
Thu Mar 08, 2007 6:55 pm
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: What minis do you use?
Replies: 19
Views: 6437

I have a variety of manufacturers' models in 1/2400th: Superior, Panzerschiffe, GHQ, one or two Viking Forge and some scratchbuilds. I prefer the larger scale (the GHQs are just exquisite little models) but a lot of folks here use the smaller 1/6000th ships, and have posted pictures of them painted ...
by Fitzwalrus
Thu Mar 08, 2007 1:18 am
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: The Hunt for Bismarck mini campaign -LSHM-
Replies: 12
Views: 4034

Re: Great War at Sea series

Gents, Has anyone used the Avalanche Press 'Great war at sea' or 'Second World War at Sea' series similar to the use of Bismarck? The hallmark of that game system is an operational game followed by tactical actions. However the focus is on an overall operational plan thus giving excellent backgroun...
by Fitzwalrus
Wed Mar 07, 2007 9:01 pm
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: So... wheres the Surcouf?
Replies: 21
Views: 4951

I still want specs for the British steam-powered sub with the 12" main gun.... :twisted: That would be the British M1, M2 and M3 perchance? :wink: Them's the ones! If you're going to design a nearly useless submarine, at least give it a ludicrously oversized gun! :roll: :lol: (135 degree side arcs ...
by Fitzwalrus
Sat Mar 03, 2007 12:54 am
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: So... wheres the Surcouf?
Replies: 21
Views: 4951

where are you getting information on weapon arcs? I can only find listing of weapons, not arrangement. Chern Um, from the French? (just poking you Chern, lol) :lol: BuShips, behave yourself! :wink: There are a number of photos of the Surcouf , showing her twin 8" guns mounted in a "turret" built in...
by Fitzwalrus
Thu Mar 01, 2007 9:09 pm
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: Friday on the History Channel
Replies: 41
Views: 9931

...unless it's important enough to construct "clean" smelters made especially for the purpose :wink:. :lol: I had exactly the same thought.... but where do you get the uncomtaminated metal to make the clean smelters? Vicious circle...... :? Tell NASA. They need all the reasons they can get to go to...
by Fitzwalrus
Thu Mar 01, 2007 7:11 pm
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: Friday on the History Channel
Replies: 41
Views: 9931

BuShips wrote: ...unless it's important enough to construct "clean" smelters made especially for the purpose :wink:.
:lol:
I had exactly the same thought.... but where do you get the uncomtaminated metal to make the clean smelters?

Vicious circle...... :?
by Fitzwalrus
Thu Mar 01, 2007 1:34 am
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: Friday on the History Channel
Replies: 41
Views: 9931

It's not only a matter of the quality of the steel its also the form it comes in. You don't find thick slabs of armour on merchant ships nor is it usually cast in such a form today as there is little use for it. So if you need that type of material as part of a particle accelerator or whatever its ...
by Fitzwalrus
Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:34 pm
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: Friday on the History Channel
Replies: 41
Views: 9931

Not saying I necessarily buy this particular theory, but it's something to consider. Has anyone else heard or seen anything along those lines? Yes, I have visited a number of research labs in Germany which made use of steel raised from ships at Scapa Flow. This is fascinating, even if it is a bit "...
by Fitzwalrus
Wed Feb 28, 2007 6:33 pm
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: Friday on the History Channel
Replies: 41
Views: 9931

I'll throw in something from out in left field here. A buddy of mine who follows various scientific journals has mentioned that supposedly steel manufactured after July or August of 1945 has all picked up a certain amount of radioactivity to varying degrees from background atomic radiation. This con...
by Fitzwalrus
Wed Feb 28, 2007 1:24 am
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: The start of my USN fleet...
Replies: 12
Views: 4164

Very pretty indeed... nice work!! 8) :D
by Fitzwalrus
Fri Feb 23, 2007 10:38 pm
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: Calling all Victory at Sea players!
Replies: 17
Views: 6000

chaos0xomega wrote:.... what does 'laid down' mean? As in: "The Freedom was laid down on xx, month, 200z"
That is the date the keel of the ship was laid in her launching slip: i.e. the day construction (as opposed to gathering materials) actually begins.
by Fitzwalrus
Fri Feb 23, 2007 12:49 am
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: The joy of destroyers
Replies: 41
Views: 12853

I'd love a SA roll. I'd even remove the 'slow loading'- let the player try reloading the turn after firing. (Especially if DM feels it could be done, by good crews, in a reasonably speedy time). Make the SA check at 10- that way the better crews would be able to do it more readily, and the more ine...
by Fitzwalrus
Thu Feb 22, 2007 10:26 pm
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: The joy of destroyers
Replies: 41
Views: 12853

It does seem that more than one reload would be unrealistic and also gives to much of an advantage. In most of the diagrams I've seen the reloads are on horizontal mounts just as the torpedo tubes. I see that in DM rules he recommends a limit of one reload, seems very reasonable, would you consider...
by Fitzwalrus
Tue Feb 20, 2007 7:41 pm
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: The joy of destroyers
Replies: 41
Views: 12853

How? IJN destroyers' torpedos are one shot, like everyone elses. Fubuki -class DD's are One Shot. Kagero -class DD's (and presumably the later follow-on classes of fleet DD's) have reloads and are Slow Loading. You're preaching to the choir: the near-invulnerability of DD's at night was one of the ...
by Fitzwalrus
Mon Feb 19, 2007 6:12 pm
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: First Game
Replies: 3
Views: 1796

That's an interesting idea, though IIRC there is no requirement in the rules for aircraft to move at all... you could just as easily leave an on-station Spotter "hovering" in one place, and simply assume it's circling there to maintain spotting position on the opposing fleet. I do agree Spotters nee...
by Fitzwalrus
Sat Feb 17, 2007 1:09 am
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: identical ships - why?
Replies: 79
Views: 18251

In the old Seapower rules I always got a laugh out of the fact that (the way their damage system worked out) a single Long Lance hit on an average DD did 98% damage. That was enough that you had no speed, no guns, no torpedoes, no nothing left but hadn't quite sunk: just enough left to get everyone ...
by Fitzwalrus
Sat Feb 17, 2007 12:08 am
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: identical ships - why?
Replies: 79
Views: 18251

Fitzwalrus described them well, but I'll add a few additional details. Where the original model of the B-25 had a dorsal twin .50 turret on top, it was placed in a rear fuselage position. The later models moved it forward into a better position, and this helped when the field mod was implemented. I...