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Saturday, 1 November 2014

Sails of Glory: Our first try-out!

Today, Steve Spence brought in his lovely collection of Sails of glory Napoleonic ships.
Steve, sorting out his toys for us Newbies!
 Lawrence and Phil would use 2 Royal Navy first raters, the Royal George, and the Queen Charlotte, respectively.
The British ships, showing the fire arcs  on their bases. 
 The nice play display used by each vessel.
 Similar to Wings of Glory, the system uses manoeuvre cards. One set for normal sailing, one for when masts are lost, and one for when sailing against the wind.
I would use a French first rate, the Commerce de Marseilles. 

Steve would use a French second rater, the Aquilon.
With the wind to our Starboard beam, Steve veered right as I forged on.
 Phil came straight towards us but Lawrence turned port into the wind which stopped him dead in the water. 
 As the wind threatened to change direction, Steve, having increased the distance between the French vessels, turned to parallel my course.
 Both British ships turned to split up and outflank the advancing French.
Lawrence's Royal George began to run with the wind and moved rapidly down the French left flank. 
 Phil's Queen Charlotte ran into the wind and lost way.
The French advanced in much better order! 
 (An overview of our positions at this point)
The British ships began to move apart as the Royal George raced on and the Queen Charlotte turned port to regain way. 
 I was left alone, as Steve's Aquilon turned sharp to port to engage the Royal George.
My Commerce de Marseilles followed the Aquilon and turned port towards the Queen Charlotte, which was moving to reunite the Royal Navy ships.   
 I turned to parallel the Queen Charlotte while the Aquilon moved to head it off.
Amazingly, the Queen Charlotte turned towards the Commerce, and received a  bow rake from her.  
This caused significant damage! 
 As my Commerce turned about to reload, the Charlotte got a partial broadside back at me.
 Meanwhile, the Aquilon got a good shot at the Royal George as it turned to engage.
The George took significant damage to its masts and rudder.
Back with the Commerce, my turn continued to allow my port guns to rake the Charlotte again. 
 The Charlotte moved on despite the damage and turned to grapple, firing a volley of double-shot into the Commerce. 
This caused a fire which was rapidly dealt with...but I was lucky otherwise!
 The Royal George, meanwhile, was pursued off table by the Aquilon.
 The edge of the world! - we will use a bigger table next time! 
Unable, or unwilling to part, the Commerce and Queen Charlotte fought fiercely with musket and cutlass, and casualties mounted on both vessels.  
In the end though, the damage my shooting had done proved important, as my crew gained the upper hand, and forced the Charlotte to strike her colours. 
A French victory! - Vive la Republique!

I think we all enjoyed the game, its got some similarities to Wings of Glory, but manages to give a lot more 'feel' of the problems of fighting these naval vessels than I expected!

I found I didn't really notice the (? unneccessarily) very deep bases of the models during the game, and would happily play again.

The biggest block to me getting the game is the huge cost involved. I will probably have to wait for the 'Sales' of glory!


  1. Very entertaining reading, and great pics!

  2. I'd be put off by the sheer amount of paraphernalia required to play the game - those ship control panels look pretty involved, and there's decks of game-specific cards too. It would have to be a pretty awesome Age of Sail game to overcome those obstacles.

    1. I looked at it and thought the same..at first! - the control panels are simple tracks, so easy to use. We started using the Advanced rules straight away, using the standard or basic rules requires many less counter and such.
      This is the first Age of Sail - with cannon, I have enjoyed since my teens!