With my hard-earned 400 points, I took three cruisers, five corvettes and four mini squids. Bill took a stock battleship, two gunships and three frigates.
The Australians brought a pocket battleship, two sub tenders and four escort frigates, illegally attached as escorts to the PBB. ;) The Brits had their ever-present three gunships, three destroyers and a pair of frigates.
The brain-trust plots and schemes. FWIW, the squalls were moving left and away from my angle. They increased the difficulty of shots through them by one - i.e. normal shots through them would hit on a 5+.
I hooked the 'vettes out to the right. Fifteen inches of movement is awesome. The cruisers inched forward and fired off an ineffective rocket volley at the distant Australian battleship.
The HMS Eucalyptus takes aim at a Chinese gunship.
Straight to the bottom... This does not bode well. Mental note: Chinese gunships aren't nearly the bad mothers that British or Japanese gunships are.
I'd already lost two squids to sub tenders and destroyers, so I slid them forward and they cooked a Brit destroyer.
My robots were then beset by a pack of Australian subs and eliminated. Feh.
Mid way through turn 2. You can see that my fighters bounced the second group of subs but only managed one kill, then in turn got bounced by David's fighters. We each lost three fighter tokens. Bloody! My corvettes chased the battleship and its escorts, killing one and damaging another. Hah! I had that big shitbox running from a pack of cheap ass corvettes! The battleship did manage to blast one of the corvettes into oblivion.
The battleship's number is pulled. British torpedo bombers get lined up for their run. One token is taken out by AAA but the big ship gets smashed pretty good taking a crit, reducing its speed to half.
The mighty junk took more of a pounding from the gunships, then the destroyers zipped around them and loosed a volley of torpedoes.
The big Chinese ship screamed loudly, shuddered, listed and quickly went under the waves.
The rapid exit of the battleship meant that I had a nice clear line of sight at the gunships beyond with my cruisers.
One down. Amen brother. At least it wouldn't be a complete butt-kicking. Just a major defeat.
The new units were fun to play with and made for a nice change of pace. I used the corvettes simply because I hadn't used them since I'd painted them up - they'll certainly get used more often. That ridiculous speed is a whole lot of fun.