Greg Smith wrote:
We played the Battle of the Denmark Strait tonight. Obviously the British had an advantage. Looking at some of the other historical scenarios, they seen to be horribly imbalanced.
Which ones are close enough to make good games?
Although I would agree with Ray, that historical scenarios should be objective based, versus who sinks the most tonnage, I have played Denmark Strait with VaS and I find this scenario to be very balanced. The German DKM usually comes out on top in this one. Consider that visibility was so low that the ships were at like 26,000 yards when fire commenced. This is well within range of Prinz Eugens 8" guns. Also, Prinz Eugen has an excellent opportunity for a torpedo run in this scenario.
Another suggestion would be that Prince of Wales can only fire every other turn to simulate technical difficulties, since she was new out of the yards and had some trouble with her main guns turrets. In the game I played, Prince of Wales did not suffer any game limitations and Bismarck still beat both Prince of Wales and Hood. The Germans lost PE, and Bismarck was too beat up to continue on her raid. Hood was sunk and PoW was so beat up she would have spent a year in the yard I'm certain. A strategic victory for the UK but a tactical victory for the DKM.
In the actual historical battle Prince of Wale withdrew after suffering a hit in the conning tower (if I remember correctly the captain was one of the only survivors on the bridge). The KGV class BB's had the single flaw of not having an armored conning tower.