Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Memoir of Battle at Sea....Part 2

After further consideration about this variant of Memoir 44/Battle Cry! I figured it would be a good idea to set out the parameters I am striving towards in their formulation. The following points then, are those that I want ensure are captured in some fashion within the rules.

  • A hex will be roughly 4,000 yards which will therefore set a maximum gun range of 6 hexes or 24,000 yards.
  • Main, secondary/tertiary and torpedoes will have separate combat dice rolls - by extension this will also cover AA fire.
  • Differences in notional ship types will be represented by the addition or subtraction of combat dice and/or the hit points.
  • Ships will rated as either superior, average or inferior within their notional type.
  • Command points rather than cards will be used to determine a players activations - similar to how Worthington Games use the Command and Colours system.
  • The combat area will typically be 13 x 9 hexes - the same size as a Memoir 44/Battle Cry! board.

All I need to do now is to prepare a draft set (this exists as a number of scribbled notes) and think about a suitable playing surface. For 1/3000th I am seriously thinking about the blue hex tiles produced by Kallistra in their Hexon range. A base box of these (which are 4" across the flat per hex) contains 21 x 6 hex tiles which would allow for a playing area of 12 by 10 hexes. For the Axis and Allies: War at Sea collection I would need to grid a suitable cloth using a hex template.

Much to ponder methinks!

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