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by Keith
Fri May 04, 2007 11:36 am
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: Flack Suppression Runs
Replies: 6
Views: 2052

Evil Trev you are quite right as the rules stand, but that's the point. While the player knows which planes to target the AA gnners on the ship would not.

Should the rules account for this uncertainty?

My felling is yes, using the random method suggested by Kevin.
by Keith
Wed Apr 25, 2007 11:34 am
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: Tumbling dice vapour trails aircraft range
Replies: 12
Views: 6142

The CANT 5601(ish) is a Itailian float plane in this range. It still begs the question of sourcing the Re2001 etc which was to of formed the basis of the Itailian equivilent of the Fleet Air Arm.
by Keith
Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:40 am
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: VaS camaigns and # of ships
Replies: 9
Views: 3179

The campaign rules are a throw back to ACTA and make little historical sense in their current form. If you want historical campaigns your best bet is to look at some of the suggestions from Signs and Portents or other threads on this forum (there was one on a "Hunt the Bismark" game). I have a Medit...
by Keith
Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:08 pm
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: At All Costs victory condition
Replies: 17
Views: 5078

You could always play usng victory points. That way the player without all the subs could steam off with a chance of winning (assuming thay had inflicted enough damage).
by Keith
Tue Apr 10, 2007 11:51 am
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: Reminder : VaS Gaming Raleigh NC
Replies: 3
Views: 1503

Just in case you are not aware this breakdown is not technically correct given the current rules (at battle level a Skirmish chioce is 0.333333333... of a point and a patrol 0.25).

Having said this I believe that your breakdown makes more sense.
by Keith
Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:30 am
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: More rules questions
Replies: 1
Views: 1136

Re: More rules questions

Hello, all. Well, our VaS group is growing and everyone is busily ordering and gluing up their GHQ fleets. A few more questions have come up we could use some help with: 1. On p.17, it says ships detected by radar may be attacked at any range up to maximum, regardless of visibility conditions for S...
by Keith
Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:16 am
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: Yamato & Kongo vs. KGV & Queen Elizabeth (Short Vers
Replies: 32
Views: 7990

Re: Yamato & Kongo vs. KGV & Queen Elizabeth (Short

Armor: 4 on large vessels really blows. Amen to that! Played against Germans the other night who used Improved Rangefinders & radar locks to drop long-range shots on my Kongo with ease. The fact that they weren't AP hardly mattered against the lousy Armor 4. Gah! :evil: Good report! Frank in L.A. E...
by Keith
Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:10 pm
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: Radar, pacific theatre
Replies: 14
Views: 3954

I don't think whether a ship did or did not carry a radar set is the primary concern is determining if it had the trait. Radar was almost totally new, at least in 1939. I believe that the Graf Spee had a set, but this was for all practical purposesuseless. Even the KGV battleships had trouble with t...
by Keith
Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:51 pm
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: Italian girlfriend
Replies: 70
Views: 17055

The Battle of Britain was another one of these popular myths to emerge from the war. Not to downplay the effect of the RAF, but it was the naval forces that provided the real deterrent effect to any German invasion attempt. Neither the German army or Navy were going to cross the channel as long as ...
by Keith
Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:43 pm
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: Submarine warfare
Replies: 13
Views: 3596

No. It has happened successfully only once (U864 sunk by HMS Venturer in February 1945). Subs in WW2 just weren't equipped to engage submerged boats. The only instance I had heard of is a U-boat that sunk itself. The wreck of a long lost German submarine was found off the coast of the eastern Unite...
by Keith
Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:32 pm
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: Italian girlfriend
Replies: 70
Views: 17055

The entry is not conclusive about the necessity of calapults in WWII but it does make it clear that they were highly desirable. I was thinking of the steam catapult (not perfected until the 50s according to this link).

Thanks for the link.
by Keith
Tue Apr 03, 2007 6:24 pm
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: Italian girlfriend
Replies: 70
Views: 17055

How reliant were WWII carriers on steam catapults anyway? I thought most of the aircraft operated from them could launch from the deck under their own power, paricularly if they were on a fast carrier launching into the wind. It was my belief that catapults were essential only for the lauching of mo...
by Keith
Tue Apr 03, 2007 6:14 pm
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: How Maintainable is Flank Speed?
Replies: 11
Views: 2956

Given DM's input on the speeds of ships it seems there are three options open to the game designers regarding the flank speed special action. 1. Leave it as it is. The game is more important than historical accuracy, it probably won't make much difference to the outcome anyway. 2. Update the flank s...
by Keith
Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:51 am
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: Italian girlfriend
Replies: 70
Views: 17055

Actually, commerce raiding proved very succesfull until on a sunny sunday morning in a harbour on Hawaii, of the 6th december 1941, japan made the CAPITAL blunder of awakening `The Great machine`. Now the States could openly enter the war and as a consequence convoy protection duty and all went up ...
by Keith
Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:41 am
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: How Maintainable is Flank Speed?
Replies: 11
Views: 2956

Cruise speed is another thing all together. Fuel consuption a sea is influenced hugely by the cruising speed. The range of ships was a major element in naval warfare. It was rare, and probably still is, for a battle group to cruise at more than 20 knots even if the slowest vessel has a top speed of ...
by Keith
Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:29 pm
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: Italian girlfriend
Replies: 70
Views: 17055

A little bit impractical to give the fleet to the Germans as they would have had to sail it through the straits of Gibraltar or the Suez canal to get it to secure Kriegsmarine bases capable of dealing with such a fleet (the Italians lost the Roma just getting it to Malta). Besiges the Germans had mo...
by Keith
Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:53 pm
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: How Maintainable is Flank Speed?
Replies: 11
Views: 2956

"Normal" movement is actually based on maximum speed, ... So a 1" move equates to a speed of 5 knots? I am guessing from the stats that this is rounded to the nearest 5 knot increment, e.g. in the case of the Navagatori 38 knots is rounded to 40 to give a move of 8". Of course then one could argue ...
by Keith
Mon Apr 02, 2007 8:29 pm
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: How Maintainable is Flank Speed?
Replies: 11
Views: 2956

How Maintainable is Flank Speed?

This is just a brief historical example. The quote from Wicipedia is "Alberico da Barbiano was an Italian Condottieri class light cruiser, that served in the Regia Marina during World War II. She was named after Alberico da Barbiano, an Italian condottiere of the 14th century. Da Barbiano was launch...
by Keith
Sun Apr 01, 2007 9:14 pm
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: VaS Tournament 15th April 2007 Stafford Games
Replies: 60
Views: 17329

I have just looked at your house rules on turns and am also a little confused. As I understand the current standard VaS rules the turn of a ship is always made halfway (and only halfway) along its current move (not its maximum move). i.e. your destroyer example is the normal move of a ship without t...
by Keith
Sun Apr 01, 2007 7:58 pm
Forum: Victory at Sea
Topic: Yamato & Kongo vs. KGV & Queen Elizabeth (Short Vers
Replies: 32
Views: 7990

We fought a KGV / QE versus a Yamato / Nagato trial game. The Japs did cream the RN but mainly due to "THAT" critical offing the previously undamaged KGV on turn three. It had, on turn 2, taken over half the hits (18) of the QE without inflicting a single critical hit. I have now revised my view on ...