This is another TAC four game 'mini campaign' that is loosely historically based.
The setup and game:
Med Dash 1942
Mediterranean - August 23-26, 1942
Britain sends a heavily escorted convoy east from Gibraltar to resupply its beleaguered garrison on the Island of Malta. The success of this convoy would severely disrupt the Axis attempt to strangle the British at Malta to submission and remove this threat to North Africa shipping lines. The Axis, forewarned of this task force, have prepared a series for air attacks to destroy or turn it back. Freighters are the primary targets for the Luftwaffe.
Success of this strike force would be a great victory for the Axis…
1. Battleship (1) - HMS Rodney
2. Anti-Aircraft Cruiser (1) - HMS Manchester
3. Destroyers (4) – HMS Tartar, HMS Nubian, HMS Ashanti, HMS Wilton
4. Escort Carrier (1) – HMS Eagle (12 Martlets – RN version of the Grumman F4F Wildcat)
5. Freighters (5) – Ohio, Brisbane Star, MV Empire Hope, MV Dorset, MV Rochester
HMS Eagle can have two Martlets flying CAP and four Martlets in positioned to launch for each game round.
Allies land based air support (1D6)
1. Round 1: 1, 2, 3 – 1D6 USAF P40s, based in North Africa, arrives from south, third turn
2. Round 2: 1,2 – 1D6 USAF P38s, based in North Africa, arrives from south, third turn
3. Round 3: No land based air cover available
4. Round 4: 1, 2, 3 – 1D6 Spitfire V, based in Malta, arrives from east, third turn
Axis attacks (1D6)
1. 8x Ju-87, 4x Bf-109E
2. 4x Ju-88 (bomber), 4x Ju-88 (torpedo), 4x Bf-109E
3. 4x He-111 (bomber), 4x Me-110 (fighter-bomber), 2x Fw-190
4. 3x Savoia-Marchetti SM79 (torpedo), 4x Ju-88 (bomber), 2x Bf-110 (fighter bomber), 2x Fw-190
5. 8x Ju-87, 2x Ju-88 (torpedo), 4x Bf-109E
6. 6x He-111 (bomber), 2x Bf-109E
There are four game rounds to represent the four days of attack. Prior to start each round:
1. Allies player sets ship locations and CAP aircraft on game board and rolls for repairs
2. Allies play rolls for land based air support
3. Axis player roles 1D6 to for composition of the Luftwaffe attack force (use each only once)
4. Axis player roles a direction dice to determine the side of the board from which air attacks originates and sets up aircraft 18” from nearest ship
At the end of game four:
1. RN - total all damaged and undamaged surviving ships (warships five points, freighters ten points) and add five points for each full Luftwaffe element destroyed.
2. Luftwaffe - total all Allied ship destroyed by the Germans and add five points for each RN/USAF/RAF aircraft full element destroyed.
• Draw - gap between scores is less than then ten
• Victory – one side has between ten and thirty more points
• Decisive Victory – one side has greater than thirty points
1. Fighter bombers stats adjusted from fighter - speed -1, attack -1, bomb attack 2 (full) or 1 (half). This represents the impeded performance carrying bomb. Bombs jettisoned = normal stats.
2. RN ships damage – At end of encounter, ships damages but not destroyed roll 1d6 with 3-6 roll removes one marker, 1-2 adds one marker next encounter. This represents fire control and damage repair or damage/fire out of control.
3. Ships can reconfigure position of ships within flotilla between game rounds
4. Luftwaffe attacks start 18” from any side of flotilla
5. RAF CAP can set up anywhere with 6” of flotilla
6. SM79 carries 2x torpedo (IJN Betty stats) and Ju-88 carrier 1x torpedo
7. Maximum flak range is 16” from centre of ship
8. AAA cruiser uses a land-based template to represent above average flak capability
9. Launching aircraft from carrier – two turns to become airborne, one aircraft at a time
I am unclear on how the Allies land basted air works and what are you using for the SM79?
Land based support - on each of the first two games the RN rolls (before starting) to check if land based (North Africa) fighters may meet up with convoy to provide extra air cover. I like a little Chance/randomness in a game.
Italian SM79 is played by the Japanese Betty torpedo bomber. Roughly similar stats.
Hope that explains things a bit more clearly.
Disrregard my previous post, I found this too.