December 14, 2019, 01:48:20 AM

Author Topic: Castles in the Sky- Balkan Uprising- Patrol near Elli  (Read 1484 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Easy e

  • Full Member
  • *
  • Posts: 263
Castles in the Sky- Balkan Uprising- Patrol near Elli
« on: February 15, 2017, 05:06:15 PM »
Castles in the Sky- Balkan Uprising Campaign- Raid at Novi Pazar

This is the first battle report in the Balkan Uprising campaign for Castles in the Sky.   

Per the campaign rules, the Ottoman Empire has chosen Defensive while the Balkan League chooses Offensive to start the campaign with.  The Balkan League will be the attackers in the Raid scenario after the scenario was determined per the campaign rules.  A raid scenario does not allow Battleships for the Attackers.  The Attackers get 25 Armor points, and Defenders get up to 50 armor points.



The Balkan League has tasked Captain Rozhestvensky with the Oleg to lead the assault force to attack an Ottoman force led by Captain Hassan Rami Pasha in his Heavy Cruiser.  The Ottomans are moving their airships away from being in the pocket dividing Montenegro and Serbia.  With the outbreak of the Balkan Uprising the Balkan League allied force on the Raid sortied out from Montenegro to engage the Ottoman airships.

The Russian ships in the Balkan League managed to get the drop on the Ottoman Forces as Montenegro had only recently declared war and word had not been officially communicated to the Ottoman fleet.  Therefore the initial sighting of the Russian ships did not immediately raise the alert with the Ottoman fleet.  However, as the Russians moved closer Captain Hassan Rami Pasha became suspicious and ordered his crews to prepare.


Forces

The Balkan League Raiders- 24 Armor pts
·         Oleg                                                       Captain: Aleksey Rozhestvensky               Command: 2
Class: Bogatyr                                    Category: Cruiser                             Armor: 7

·         Rurik                                                      Captain: Nikolai Ushakov              Command: 1
Class: Azova                                       Category: Cruiser                             Armor: 7             

·         Kondor                                                 Captain: Nikolay Konovalov         Command: 3
Class: Krasnoye                                 Category: Gunboat                         Armor: 5

·         Sova                                                      Captain: Vladimir Greig                  Command: 1
Class: Krasnoye                                 Category: Gunboat                         Armor: 5

The Ottoman Forces- 27 Armor Points
·         Basra                                                     Captain: Hasan Rami Pasha                          Command: 2
Class: Barbarous Heyreddin                 Category: Heavy Cruiser                                               Armor: 8

·         Mecidiye                                             Captain: Medvid Reis                                     Command: 1
Class: Hamidiye                                         Category: Cruiser                                             Armor: 8

·         Trakya                                                   Captain:  Piri Pasha                                          Command: 2
Class: Midilli                                                Category: Light Cruiser                                  Armor: 7

·         Barbaros                                              Captain:  Murat Pasha                                    Command: 2
Class: Berk Efsan                                      Category: Torpedo Boat                                                Armor: 4

Based on the scenario, I chose to limit the Ottoman Alliance force to Ottoman only units and did not deploy the Battleship for the defenders.  This will limit the chance for Experience for the Defenders, but also reduce the number of ships that can be damaged.

Mission
This is a straight up battle where both sides are trying to cripple the other fleet.  It will last 6 turns, and then the attackers that are still able to will immediately disengage.  The force that has the highest remaining armor value at the end of the battle will win.

Set-up

This battle will take place in the air over an ottoman pocket of territory near Novi Bazar.  This is represented by a 6x4 table.  The brown hills are Altitude 1 while the grey hills are Altitude 2.  Airships at that altitude or lower will crash into these hills if they attempt to move over them.  The hills also block LOS at those altitudes.  There is no cloud cover.

The Ottoman’s are moving at mid-speed at Altitude 3 and 4.  Their column is led by the Trakya, followed by the Basra, and then the Mecidiye.  The Barbarous is shadowing the column to the port side of the Basra.

The Russians are in two columns approaching from the west.  They are the Kondor and the Oleg and then the Sova and Rurik.  They are at full steam and altitude 4.         



http://bloodandspectacles.blogspot.com/2017/02/castles-in-sky-balkan-uprising-raid-at.html
« Last Edit: March 30, 2017, 07:18:39 PM by Easy e »
Do you like Free Wargames?
http://bloodandspectacles.blogspot.com/

Offline Easy e

  • Full Member
  • *
  • Posts: 263
Re: Castles in the Sky- Balkan Uprising- Breakthrough at Salonica
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2017, 07:36:00 PM »
Breakthrough at Salonica

With the land war bogging down around Salonica, the Ottoman League has decided to throw their weight into a battle over the front lines.  Members of all the Ottoman League nations have assigned vessels to the attempt.  As Salonica is the flashpoint of the campaign, the Balkan League has their assets operating in the area.  When word arrives from scouts on the ground of the assembling enemy fleet the Balkan forces quickly move to intercept them.  A showdown is inevitable in the skies over Salonica.

Forces
The Ottoman League
Ottoman Empire
Sultan Mehmed II- Fatih                            Captain: Seydi Al Reis                     Command: 3- Flagship
Class: Sultan Osman-I Evvel                         Category: Battleship                       Armor: 9

Basra                                             Captain: Hasan Rami Pasha                          Command: 2
Class: Barbarous Heyreddin         Category: Heavy Cruiser                               Armor: 8

Mecidiye                                             Captain: Medvid Reis                                     Command: 1
Class: Hamidiye                                 Category: Cruiser                                             Armor: 8

Barbaros                                              Captain:  Murat Pasha                                    Command: 2
Class: Berk Efsan                              Category: Torpedo Boat                                    Armor: 4

Austro-Hungarians:
Prince Eugen                                      Captain: Anton von Sterneck                      Command: 2
Class: Tegethoff                                               Category: Battleship                       Armor: 9

Bravo                                                    Captain:  Anton Pock                                      Command: 4
Class: Huszar                                      Category: Destroyer                                       Armor: 6

Italians:
San Bartolomeo                             Captain: Paolo Revel                                       Command: 1
Class: Vettor Pisani                          Category: Armored Cruiser                          Armor: 8

Total Points: 52 Armor Points

The Balkan League
Russians:
Poltava                                                 Captain:  Pyotr Senyavin               Command: 2 - Flagship
Class: Imperatrista Mariya            Category: Battleship                       Armor: 8

Oleg                                               Captain: Aleksey Rozhestvensky               Command: 2
Class: Bogatyr                               Category: Cruiser                             Armor: 7

Vityaz                                                    Captain: Georgy Vysotskiy           Command: 2
Class: Bogatyr                                    Category: Cruiser                             Armor: 7

Albatros                                               Captain: Feliks Golokov                 Command: 3
Class: Krasnoye                                 Category: Gunboat                         Armor: 5

Sova                                                      Captain: Vladimir Greig                  Command: 1
Class: Krasnoye                                 Category: Gunboat                         Armor: 5

French:
Brennus                                               Captain: Theo Aube                        Command: 4
Class: Charles Martel                      Category: Heavy Cruiser                               Armor: 8

Primauguet                                        Captain: Jean de Vienne                               Command: 4
Class: D’iberville                               Category: Cruiser                             Armor: 7

Total Points: 54 Armor Points

This attack and defense are so important, each fleet has their admiral present for the battle.

The Mission
The Ottoman forces are trying to force their way past the blocking Balkan League ships.  If successful, they will be able to target and attack key Command and Control and Logistic centers behind enemy lines.  This could cause the Balkan attack to crumble.

The Ottoman’s timed their attack to occur during a storm lashing the area.  The clouds for the storm are at Altitude 3, and anyone below the cloud cover is considered in the storm.  The normal rules found in Castles in the Sky apply.

Set-Up
The Ottoman League set-up on a long board edge in a wedge formation intent on smashing their way past the Balkan defenders and to victory.  The attack was spearheaded by the Ottoman flagship the Sultan Mehid-II Fatih/  To the flagship port was the Italian San Bartolomeo, the Austrian Prince Eugene, Bravo Destroyer, and Barbaros Torpedo Boat.  The Starboard side is the Mecidiye and the Basra.  They are mostly at mid-heights going full speed, but above the cloud line.

The Balkan League defenders are split into two groups.  They appear eager to close the center gap and cross the T of the Ottoman attackers.  On the south side is the Russian Poltova flagship, followed by the Brennus and the Sova.  On the North side is the Vityaz, Primauguet, Oleg, and then the Albatros.  They are also at various altitudes, but they are move much slower to try to time their T-cross appropriately.



http://bloodandspectacles.blogspot.com/2017/02/castles-in-sky-balkan-uprising.html
Do you like Free Wargames?
http://bloodandspectacles.blogspot.com/

Offline Easy e

  • Full Member
  • *
  • Posts: 263
Re: Castles in the Sky- Balkan Uprising- Patrol Near Elli
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2017, 07:18:22 PM »
Salonica has fallen, but the ground campaign has begun to turn into a grind.  The Turkish defense has been stiffening with each step the Balkan League troops take.  Ottoman forces have been coming across the Aegean to bolster the defenses, and the Balkan League must find a way to stop this flow of fresh troops.

The Balkan League forces have a new admiral after the death of Admiral Senyavin at Salonica.  He was killed when his flagship the Poltova exploded during a short range gunnery duel with the Ottoman flagship.  The new Admiral Pavel Ivanov is not deterred by the drubbing his fleet took above Salonica and orders a fresh Offensive into the Aegean (Admiral Ivanov has a Command rating of 1?  Gulp!) .  Admiral Al Reis of the Ottoman League force is also confident after destroying so many Russian ships aligned with the Balkan League.  He also orders his forces back on the Offensive, despite failing to breakthrough at Salonica leading to the loss of the city.

Both forces have begun to fan out across the Aegean.  The Balkan League is trying to capture and destroy troop ships, while the Ottoman League is trying to stop these attempts.



Per the rules for Campaigns, both sides choose Offensive strategies.  Admiral Ivanov rolls up a Patrol mission where the Balkan League is the attacker.  This will be a 6 turn engagement with any classes of ship up to 25 Armor points.

Forces

Balkan League
To ease pressure on Russian assets, Admiral Ivanov has ordered the allied ships to take a stronger role in these Aegean patrols.

French:
Brennus                                               Captain: Theo Aube                        Command: 4
Class: Charles Martel                      Category: Heavy Cruiser                               Armor: 8

Primauguet                                        Captain: Jean de Vienne                               Command: 4
Class: D’iberville                               Category: Cruiser                             Armor: 7

Greek:
Georgios Averoff                             Captain:  Sofoklis Dousmanis                    Command: 3
Class: Vettor Pisani                          Category: Armored Cruiser                          Armor: 8

Total= 23 Armor Points

Ottoman League
Prince Eugen                                      Captain: Anton von Sterneck                      Command: 2
Class: Tegethoff                                 Category: Battleship                                       Armor: 9             

Bravo                                                    Captain:  Anton Pock                                      Command: 4
Class: Huszar                                      Category: Destroyer                                       Armor: 6

Volta                                                     Captain: Ludwig Brommy                              Command: 1
Class: Huszar                                      Category: Destroyer                                       Armor: 6

Total= 21 Armor Points

Looks like a rematch between the Prince Eugene and the Brennus from Salonica!

Mission:
This battle takes place south of Thasos but north of Lemnos in the Aegean Sea.  The Balkan Fleet is attempting to locate any troop ships on route to the mainland, while the Ottoman League forces are attempting to locate and eliminate any Balkan League ships in the area.

This battle will be a relatively straight forward affair with both sides trying to eliminate the other as they come across the enemy.  There are no complications and the battle will take place on a 4x4 table. The fleet with the most Armor points left after 6 turns is the winner.   

The Brennus is the Balkan Command ship, while the Prince Eugene is the Ottoman League flagship.  No ships are in squadron. 




http://bloodandspectacles.blogspot.com/2017/03/castles-in-sky-balkan-uprising-campaign.html
Do you like Free Wargames?
http://bloodandspectacles.blogspot.com/