The action was fought using my modified version of Bob Cordery's Portable Naval Wargame rules. For the purposes of this action the following ship specifications were used:
Abdul Aziz - Armoured cruiser, Medium Armor, Speed 4, Flotation Points 16 (Critical 6), 6 x Medium Gun Dice (4 on a broadside), 4 x Light Gun Dice (2 on a Broadside) and 8 x Light-1 Gun Dice (4 on a broadside).
Midilli - Light cruiser, Light Armour, Speed 4, Flotation Points 6 (Critical 2), 6 x Light-1 Gun Dice (4 on a Broadside).
Admiral Kornilov, Admiral Nevelskoi and Admiral Butakov - Armoured cruiser, Medium Armour, Speed 3, Flotation Points 8 (Critical 3), 2 x Medium Gun Dice, 7 x Light Gun Dice (4 on a Broadside), 5 x Light-1 Gun Dice (3 on a Broadside).
The -1 after the Light Gun Dice is used to differentiate weapons of 4.1" and smaller. The -1 is applied to any damage rolls which, when used in conjunction with the usual gun/armour modifier means that it is impossible for such weapons to, for example, damage a heavily armoured battleship.
I must apologise in advance for the poor quality of the pictures - I took plenty but most were all too fuzzy for use.
I have to say that I was really pleased with the way this action went - even with the single extreme damage result. The rules worked very well and the optional damage rules seemed to fit in just right. The biggest thing for me though is that the ships felt like individuals rather than generic types - which is an important consideration for a naval wargame in my opinion.
The game was loosely based on the fight between the Goeben and the pre dreadnoughts of the Russian Black Sea fleet during the Great War and the outcome was pretty much the same. The Abdul Aziz is a valuable asset but Fezia could not afford to lose her, especially with her other two armoured cruisers deployed in the East Middle Sea hunting the Epirian raiders.
Albay Kerim Tay was feted as a hero for bringing his ship home in the face of superior numbers whilst a similar outcome was enjoyed by Admiral Saltykov, for engaging a much more powerful enemy and seeing them off.
Viewpoints of history can be a funny thing!