|Vive le Roi!|
Doug won the first initiative and moved his forward squadron straight ahead while he turned his rear squadron so they were reaching with the wind. This created a seperation in his line and i moved full sail ahead to try and gang up on his forward ships before his rear squadron could arrive to support them.
I won initiative on turn 2--as well as the next 3 turns--and I managed to hammer the Robust pretty well, damaging it and setting it on fire. Doug got some good shots in though, putting 5 hull hits on the Jason as well as setting both it and the Conquerant on fire.
During Doug's move, he was able to extricate the Robust out of danger.
|4 French ships had surrounded the Robust who was able to sail out of danger.|
Likewise, Doug also rolled poorly for the most part so we both were bitching up a storm about the dice.
My ships were now getting beat on. I moved the Romulus down the Brit line, again trying double stern rakes, but doing little damage. A broadside by the Royal Oak reminded the Romulus the danger of tangling with the big boys.
|Romulus strikes her colors.|
All was not lost for my brave Frenchmen though as i managed to poor broadsides after broadside into the Prudent who shortly thereafter, also struck her colors--looks like a firing squad for her captain is in order.
We played on through 3 more turns with neither fleet breaking off the battle. We both needed a "0" to break.
I had suffered 5 ships damaged of which 2 struck--the Conquerant had succumbed on turn 6.
The Brits had suffered 4 ships damaged of which only the Prudent had struck.
|French breaking though to the end of the line.|