|Captain Pierre Andre de Suffren|
|Vice-Admiral Sir Edward Hughes , pictured here as a captain|
|Battle of Sadras map - Three Decks, Warships in the Age of Sail|
The rules used were a combination of the card play taken from "Kiss Me Hardy" (KMH) by the Too Fat Lardies, and the freely available App "Eight Bells" to handle the combat and sailing stats for our model ships. All the players had to do was draw a card and decide on their actions.
Eight Bells Napoleonic Naval App
Kiss Me Hardy
For a more detailed description of how these rules worked I have put up a post on my blog.
|The French fleet with the wind in their coat tails bear down on the British line|
The British being downwind and in line decided to blaze away as the French fleet approached, however deciding to shoot at the French rigging.
|As the range closes, both commanders signal their fleets|
|HMS Exeter prepares to give the French a warm welcome|
|The British line opens fire|
|Fire as they bear|
|The French, on the right, fall in with the British rear attempting to "double" them|
|The French van fired at the British rear aiming for the rigging|
|The British start to lose masts and spars under the close range barrage|
|As the French go for the British rear the British van double back on them|
However the wargamers need to battle it out to the end took over and the French tried to contest every action, which led to the British crew superiority to gradually take effect. As the British reinforcements arrived on the scene the battle swung back their way as three French ships struck their colours in quick succession.
|The final melee - yellow markers showing three French strikes|
Once again, thanks to my fellow Devon Wargamers, Jason, Gus, Ian, Ollie and Jack for a very entertaining days gaming.