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#1 2018-12-11 10:29:15

Pascal Antoine
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After Action Report - Casus Belli Club Nijmegen November 2018

Hello everybody: I've had the opportunity to be a part of the Battle of Toulon 1744 at the Casus Belli Club, Nijmegen, Holland.

Casus Belli Club: http://www.casusbelli.nl/wsim
We played with the V4.1 of the club house rules.

First, let us get familiar with the historical background and battle:

https://wikivisually.com/wiki/Battle_of_Toulon_(1744)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Toulon_(1744)
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bataille_ … Sici%C3%A9 [In French]

Here is the scenario introduction, made by Niek Van Diepen:

https://img.lght.pics/DNqA.png

Here is the (paper) setup of the scenario:

https://img.lght.pics/DNqJ.png
https://img.lght.pics/DNq8.png

.. and here is its translation in the Miniatures world: tongue

https://img.lght.pics/DNqW.jpg

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"La guerre fait de nous des monstres"... "C'est parce que nous sommes des monstres que nous faisons la guerre." - François Bourgeon - Dialogue extrait de la BD "La Petite Fille Bois-Caïman" - Courez acheter les 2 tomes, ainsi que toutes les BD de François Bourgeon - VITE!  :-))

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#2 2018-12-11 10:37:45

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Re: After Action Report - Casus Belli Club Nijmegen November 2018

Order of Battle: French & Spanish Fleets

https://img.lght.pics/DNqs.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DNqQ.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DNqb.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DNq1.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DNq4.jpg

As you can see, the French and Spanish fleets are not completely integrated and the Spanish fleet has several gaps in its line formation.


"La guerre fait de nous des monstres"... "C'est parce que nous sommes des monstres que nous faisons la guerre." - François Bourgeon - Dialogue extrait de la BD "La Petite Fille Bois-Caïman" - Courez acheter les 2 tomes, ainsi que toutes les BD de François Bourgeon - VITE!  :-))

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#3 2018-12-11 10:44:31

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Re: After Action Report - Casus Belli Club Nijmegen November 2018

Order of Battle: The British Fleet

https://img.lght.pics/DNq3.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DNqV.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DNqc.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DNqm.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DNqM.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DNq7.jpg

The British line is somewhat chaotic too, with its centre much closer to the main gap (weak spot) between the French and Spanish fleets than the rest...


"La guerre fait de nous des monstres"... "C'est parce que nous sommes des monstres que nous faisons la guerre." - François Bourgeon - Dialogue extrait de la BD "La Petite Fille Bois-Caïman" - Courez acheter les 2 tomes, ainsi que toutes les BD de François Bourgeon - VITE!  :-))

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#4 2018-12-11 11:01:47

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Re: After Action Report - Casus Belli Club Nijmegen November 2018

Battle Preparation:

Of course, I can't tell you anything about the British plans, but I've had some discussion with my Admiral (Niek) before the battle began: Historically, the French began with a tack manoeuvre - turning toward the wind (1) - but we decided to wear instead. Obviously, we had to regroup the fleets, but we did not agree as to how!

I wanted to maintain the distance between the enemy fleets during this regrouping phase, with the Spanish raising their full sails, while Niek wanted us (the French) to turn toward the Spanish, thus transforming the French Van into the rear of the fleet.

I felt it would have been logical for the British to turn us and rake my ships, but my Admiral's argument was: "It would be easier for the French centre and the Spanish to come to your rescue then." So, I agreed...

(1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tacking_(sailing)

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"La guerre fait de nous des monstres"... "C'est parce que nous sommes des monstres que nous faisons la guerre." - François Bourgeon - Dialogue extrait de la BD "La Petite Fille Bois-Caïman" - Courez acheter les 2 tomes, ainsi que toutes les BD de François Bourgeon - VITE!  :-))

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#5 2018-12-11 11:21:33

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Re: After Action Report - Casus Belli Club Nijmegen November 2018

INTO THE BATTLE

1. The Approach Phase:

Turn 1

https://img.lght.pics/DNqU.jpg

Turn 2

https://img.lght.pics/DNqh.jpg

Turn 3

https://img.lght.pics/DNqp.jpg

The French initial plan is executed, but the French and Spanish fleets are not regrouped yet.

Turn 5

https://img.lght.pics/DNyE.jpg

As you can see, we shifted the miniatures on the board, as I was too close to the edge of the table. It was already clear to me that the British Van had an order to act independently, to turn and rake my ships! At the same time, I had to obey my Admiural's orders, so I chose a "crab move" (a way in the house rules to represent a 30° manoeuvre) to keep my distances from this menacing British Van! yikes

Important note: The wind velocity decreases (from normal breeze to moderate breeze) at the end of this turn! This means that most of our ships will loose one MP in wind attitude A and B.

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"La guerre fait de nous des monstres"... "C'est parce que nous sommes des monstres que nous faisons la guerre." - François Bourgeon - Dialogue extrait de la BD "La Petite Fille Bois-Caïman" - Courez acheter les 2 tomes, ainsi que toutes les BD de François Bourgeon - VITE!  :-))

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#6 2018-12-11 11:50:06

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Re: After Action Report - Casus Belli Club Nijmegen November 2018

2. The British Plan Revealed:

Turn 6

https://img.lght.pics/DNyR.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DNyd.jpg

This time, the entire (former) French Van is turning away from the enemy: As both fleets are now moving in opposite directions, there is no doubt in my mind that the British plan is to concentrate on the French (former) Van. It is not to concentrate on the Spanish (weaker) fleet or on the gap between both allied fleets, as one might have expected...

Turn 7

https://img.lght.pics/DNyO.jpg

Oops! What happened, here? The second squadron (Marc) of the (former) French Van is turning! In fact, I confess I really wondered whether I would obey my Admiral's orders (keep the line and direction of the fleet) or (do what Marc did) disobey in order to save my ships from an obvious invitation to a stern rake - the worse thing that could happen to a ship then...

So, I decided to do what I did repeatedly: Crab moves, again and again...Thus "infuriating" wink my British opponent who groaned about this "fleeing French"... lol

https://img.lght.pics/DNyj.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DNy2.jpg

Some long range (the maximum range is ten hexes) fire exchanges and critical hits (!) in the centre...

https://img.lght.pics/DNyD.jpg

What? The Spanish ships in a tack manoeuvre? Oh no! They'll never come to our aid, especially with this British fleet already on us! So much for the Admiral's comforting words... roll

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"La guerre fait de nous des monstres"... "C'est parce que nous sommes des monstres que nous faisons la guerre." - François Bourgeon - Dialogue extrait de la BD "La Petite Fille Bois-Caïman" - Courez acheter les 2 tomes, ainsi que toutes les BD de François Bourgeon - VITE!  :-))

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#7 2018-12-11 12:29:04

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Re: After Action Report - Casus Belli Club Nijmegen November 2018

3. The French Rear in a difficult position:

Well, I forgot to take pictures... That's what happens to you when you're in a tense situation! hmm

Turn 9

https://img.lght.pics/DNyC.jpg

Still no fire exchange between my ships and Wouters': We wait till we are really close to take advantage of our initial broadsides...

Marc is in a very difficult position: He had to move straight in order to let my ships pass... Sorry about that! I confess my moves should have been better coordinated with his! hmm

https://img.lght.pics/DNyl.jpg

One of Marc's ships has been reassigned to the Centre: The French Rear has now 8 ships against 10 British ships, to make things worse...

Niek is compelled to adapt his plan: He must now turn in the British direction... See the gap developing between the French Rear and Centre: That's not good at all!

https://img.lght.pics/DNyt.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DNyw.jpg

The Spanish fleet is far from where the action takes place!

Turn 10

https://img.lght.pics/DNyB.jpg

On the British side: Wouter is regrouping his ships and reforming his line, while Sicco joins him in the fray!

On the French side: Marc is in a very bad position, risking to be fired upon from two directions - and with bow rakes, too! I'm still hoping to outmanoeuvre Wouter, but (in retrospect) I made a mistake, ordering the Borée to lower its full sails - That will prove to be her doom! roll

https://img.lght.pics/DNyo.jpg

Bad turn for the French: The Heureux and Solide (Tu parles, Charles!) have each lost a mast (an entire rigging section) and it is blocking them! sad

https://img.lght.pics/DNy6.jpg

The Spanish fleet is trying to come back, but it will take them quite some time to effectively do so!

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"La guerre fait de nous des monstres"... "C'est parce que nous sommes des monstres que nous faisons la guerre." - François Bourgeon - Dialogue extrait de la BD "La Petite Fille Bois-Caïman" - Courez acheter les 2 tomes, ainsi que toutes les BD de François Bourgeon - VITE!  :-))

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#8 2018-12-11 15:29:57

Pascal Antoine
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Re: After Action Report - Casus Belli Club Nijmegen November 2018

4. Trying to Survive!

I forgot to take pictures, again!

Turn 12

https://img.lght.pics/DNyY.jpg

You see how the Borée (2201) is positioned? She should have been ahead of the Toulouse (2202) - Of course, it's always easier to understand afterwards!

As anticipated, Marc is caught between two enemy lines and his ships are beginning to suffer... hmm

https://img.lght.pics/DNyx.jpg

The British Admiral (Marleen) could not resist the opportunity and plunged into the gap in the French line.

https://img.lght.pics/DNyi.jpg

On both sides, the Rear follows...

Turn 13

https://img.lght.pics/DNyv.jpg

Wouter and Pascal are even: No one has managed to outmanoeuvre his opponent! This does not preclude any fire exchanges which have begun a few turns earlier, anyway.

https://img.lght.pics/DNyZ.jpg

Though outnumbered and out gunned, Marc concentrates his fire on the British flagship (Van): The Barfleur looses a mast! Vive le Roy! Vive la France! big_smile

https://img.lght.pics/DNyg.jpg

The British Centre completely cuts us from the French Centre: It will be a separate battle for each portion of the fleets...

https://img.lght.pics/DNyn.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DNyA.jpg

Still no action for the Rear...

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"La guerre fait de nous des monstres"... "C'est parce que nous sommes des monstres que nous faisons la guerre." - François Bourgeon - Dialogue extrait de la BD "La Petite Fille Bois-Caïman" - Courez acheter les 2 tomes, ainsi que toutes les BD de François Bourgeon - VITE!  :-))

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#9 2018-12-11 16:35:55

Pascal Antoine
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Re: After Action Report - Casus Belli Club Nijmegen November 2018

5. The Turning Point for the French Rear:

Turn 14

https://img.lght.pics/DNyF.jpg

Having lost a mast due to a critical hit last turn, the Nassau (1203) can only drift. It collides with the Duc d'Orléans (2203 - my flagship): Both ships are fouled! The Stirling Castle (1201) is also trapped...

Wouter will prepare a boarding party, hoping to take my flagship by surprise, but the home rules do not allow that: One must always announce when a boarding party, defensive or offensive (DBP or OBP) is prepared, so there is no surprise any more. When he learns this, Wouter gives up his idea.

https://img.lght.pics/DNyH.jpg

Attacked from "every corner", Marc's squadron is steadily pounded to dust: sad

The Trident (2205) loses a mast while The Eole (2207) the Tigre (2208) The Princess Caroline (1107) and the Berwick (1208) are firing at each other at point blank range: At this game, the French ships can only lose, as both British ships are more powerful!

One might think that the Alcion (2206) is escaping, but that's counting without the Chichester (1104) the Boyne (1105) (see previous picture) and (later) the rest of Sicco's squadron...

https://img.lght.pics/DNyL.jpg

The situation is not that bad for the French Centre, as the British do not achieve local superiority.

https://img.lght.pics/DNy8.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DNyJ.jpg

The Spanish ships are trying to catch every bit of wind they can...

This ends our Saturday play: Both sides will meet again Sunday afternoon...

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"La guerre fait de nous des monstres"... "C'est parce que nous sommes des monstres que nous faisons la guerre." - François Bourgeon - Dialogue extrait de la BD "La Petite Fille Bois-Caïman" - Courez acheter les 2 tomes, ainsi que toutes les BD de François Bourgeon - VITE!  :-))

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#10 2018-12-11 17:07:04

Pascal Antoine
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Re: After Action Report - Casus Belli Club Nijmegen November 2018

Our neutral observer (from the last year) is back:

https://img.lght.pics/DNys.jpg

Well, I was wrong last year: This is not an aircraft of the Luftwaffe, but one of the Austrian Imperial Air Force - Don't ask me to tell the official name in German! lol

Turn 15

https://img.lght.pics/DNyQ.jpg

The Borée (2201) is evidently in danger, but little can be done to save her!
The Nassau and the Duc d'Orléans remain fouled... Too bad for the Nassau: A powerful French ship bow rakes her every turn! tongue

https://img.lght.pics/DNy4.jpg

Reduced to a pile of debris, The Tigre (2208) must strike her colours.

https://img.lght.pics/DNyV.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DNyc.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DNym.jpg

For the rest of the fleets, there aren't many changes in position compared to the previous turn. I cannot tell in which condition the ships are, however.

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"La guerre fait de nous des monstres"... "C'est parce que nous sommes des monstres que nous faisons la guerre." - François Bourgeon - Dialogue extrait de la BD "La Petite Fille Bois-Caïman" - Courez acheter les 2 tomes, ainsi que toutes les BD de François Bourgeon - VITE!  :-))

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#11 2018-12-11 17:26:53

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Re: After Action Report - Casus Belli Club Nijmegen November 2018

Turn 16

https://img.lght.pics/DNyI.jpg

Not many tactical changes here: The Stirling Castle (1201) has turned to stern rake the Duc d'Orléans. Fortunately for me, with one exception, Wouter will keep on having bad die rolls there! roll

https://img.lght.pics/DNyM.jpg

The poor Alcion (2206) is fired upon by three British ships! sad

https://img.lght.pics/DNyX.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DNy7.jpg

At last, some Spanish ships are beginning to have a piece of the action! wink

https://img.lght.pics/DNyU.jpg

... Not for Louis' ships, however! hmm

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"La guerre fait de nous des monstres"... "C'est parce que nous sommes des monstres que nous faisons la guerre." - François Bourgeon - Dialogue extrait de la BD "La Petite Fille Bois-Caïman" - Courez acheter les 2 tomes, ainsi que toutes les BD de François Bourgeon - VITE!  :-))

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#12 2018-12-12 11:28:19

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Re: After Action Report - Casus Belli Club Nijmegen November 2018

6. The British Centre cut in two

Turns 17 & 18

https://img.lght.pics/DNyh.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DN3d.jpg

The Espérance (2204) and The Toulouse (2202) are wearing toward the enemy ships. The situation is unchanged for my flagship (2203) while the Borée is bow raked trying to avoid being stern raked: That's what happens to a single ship against three...

https://img.lght.pics/DNyp.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DN3O.jpg

The Alcion (2206) is still under attack by three British ships. After a stern rake, Marc's other two remaining ships are in poor shape, also... roll

https://img.lght.pics/DN3E.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DN3K.jpg

The French Centre is still running parallel to the British Centre, thus effectively cutting four British ships from the rest of the British Centre...

https://img.lght.pics/DN3R.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DN3e.jpg

The British Rear is wearing to attacks the Spanish Rear.


"La guerre fait de nous des monstres"... "C'est parce que nous sommes des monstres que nous faisons la guerre." - François Bourgeon - Dialogue extrait de la BD "La Petite Fille Bois-Caïman" - Courez acheter les 2 tomes, ainsi que toutes les BD de François Bourgeon - VITE!  :-))

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#13 2018-12-12 12:10:40

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Turns 19 & 20

https://img.lght.pics/DN3z.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DN3B.jpg

The end of the Borée (2201): After several stern rakes, she must strike her colours.
My flagship, The Duc d'Orléans (2203) is free to move, at last! It is time: The Nassau (1203) is sinking!
My other two ships may seem in a strange position, but it is due to a "crab" move, again...

https://img.lght.pics/DN3l.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DN3u.jpg

Marc's squadron: The Eole (2207) strikes her colours! The Trident (2205) has lost two masts! The Alcion (2206) has lost a mast and is caught between four British ships! sad

https://img.lght.pics/DN3t.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DN36.jpg

The wheels are turning for the four isolated British ships in the Centre, as more French ships are attacking them: Will it be enough to turn defeat into victory?

https://img.lght.pics/DN3w.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DN3Y.jpg

Both Rears are now engaged in their own battle!

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"La guerre fait de nous des monstres"... "C'est parce que nous sommes des monstres que nous faisons la guerre." - François Bourgeon - Dialogue extrait de la BD "La Petite Fille Bois-Caïman" - Courez acheter les 2 tomes, ainsi que toutes les BD de François Bourgeon - VITE!  :-))

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#14 2018-12-12 12:24:50

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Re: After Action Report - Casus Belli Club Nijmegen November 2018

Turn 21 - Last turn!

[Well, we played 22 turns: One turn is missing somewhere - Who's counting, anyway?] wink

https://img.lght.pics/DN3a.jpg

Attacked by the Toulouse (2202) and stern raked by the Espérance (2204), the Stirling Castle (1201) must strike her colours! My flagship is still in fairly good shape.

https://img.lght.pics/DN3g.jpg

Marc's last two ships are in a desperate situation and will be counted as lost. sad

https://img.lght.pics/DN3A.jpg

The British Centre is now outnumbered, but it is a little bit too late to influence the battle outcome.

https://img.lght.pics/DN3F.jpg

https://img.lght.pics/DN3H.jpg

I hope Frank and Louis are not too disappointed, as they were mostly spectators of the battle... hmm


"La guerre fait de nous des monstres"... "C'est parce que nous sommes des monstres que nous faisons la guerre." - François Bourgeon - Dialogue extrait de la BD "La Petite Fille Bois-Caïman" - Courez acheter les 2 tomes, ainsi que toutes les BD de François Bourgeon - VITE!  :-))

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#15 2018-12-12 13:08:48

Pascal Antoine
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Re: After Action Report - Casus Belli Club Nijmegen November 2018

CONCLUSIONS:

The British won a marginal victory, which is better than the historical result. The French fleet has suffered much more than historically. The British had no communication problems, even if several ships of the British Centre and Rear, as well as the Spanish ships, saw little or next to no action... And this is quite historical, too!

Was the French battle plan sound? I think so, but I consider myself not "seasoned" enough to judge anybody! If you look at the turn 3 view of the fleets positions, you'll see that the British fleet was on a heading allowing to turn either way, thus enabling it to react accordingly to the French moves. That is what is called having the "weather gauge": The British fleet had the position advantage (relatively to the wind direction) and was thus able to dictate the battle conditions.

In fact, I wonder how the French made it, historically and I still have to see a fleet not having the weather gauge avoiding defeat, without the "miraculous" help from a wind direction change, of course... I sincerely hope these battles are not predetermined (luck aside) on the sole reason of having the weather gauge or not... roll

One thing I have learned: It is next to impossible to aid any part of the fleet that is not in the direct vicinity of your squadron! I was even unable to aid Marc's squadron... Next time, I won't let my Admiral's promises convince me to give up my ideas! wink

I am also wondering if it wouldn't be best to let the Van of any fleet acting independently from the rest of the fleet... Of course, that's the point of view of the Van, not the Admiral's! lol

I want to thank the Casus Belli Club Nijmegen for their warm welcome and their fair play! Special thanks to Wouter, who forgave my initial mistakes, filling my salvo cards. He was a formidable and gallant opponent! It is also safe to say that, between the two of us, Lady Luck was clearly on my side. smile

Addendum - Casus Belli WSIM House Rules V4.1:
There are a few inconsistencies between the Rigging Loss Table and the Wind Effects Table, because the MP reductions are not calculated the same way: I did not see that one coming when I made my Rigging Loss rule proposal! Niek and I are going to work on that, but my guess is that V4.2 of the House Rules is going to be the one to play!

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"La guerre fait de nous des monstres"... "C'est parce que nous sommes des monstres que nous faisons la guerre." - François Bourgeon - Dialogue extrait de la BD "La Petite Fille Bois-Caïman" - Courez acheter les 2 tomes, ainsi que toutes les BD de François Bourgeon - VITE!  :-))

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