Last week the action commenced at 1700H & ran for 21 turns until 2030H. We continued the battle tonight with 9 turns to go to night fall at 2200H.
Jim is Admiral Scheer, Mark is Jellico, Chris is Beatty. Mike is table umpire. PeterW, PeterC, Dale & SteveD observed on Zoom.
The the Germans have inflicted more damage than they have received, but they cannot afford to take losses like the British can, so Scheer has ordered the whole High Seas Fleet to turn away behind their DDs laying smoke & the Grand Fleet is pursuing.
At night fell the Germans let their smoke clear to get a last shot at Beatty & Admiral Scheer needed a drink. Night visibility is 4 hexes, so all contact is lost at 2200H.
The Butcher's bill is slightly in favour of the Germans:
Capital ships sunk 1 0
Ships with serious damage: 5 3
Ships with significant damage: 6 5
Ships with minor damage: 8 7
DD flots shattered: 0 3
Both sides avoided losing ships by throwing good dice for special damage, or breaking off before damage got too severe. But the the German's problem is that the Brits still have 17 undamaged capital ships left to the German's 4.
The rulers mark the campaign map hex sides (which are 24 battle hexes wide). The procedure now is that a map will be prepared of the location of the squadrons at nightfall. Each side will prepare a night plan showing the movement of their squadrons thru the night. The Umpire will determine if there is any contact ( that is any ships get within 4 hexes of the enemy). If not, normal campaign moves will resume at dawn. If there is a contact, there may be a night action to fight next week.