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Ironclad Armada-Free Source book

Postby bekosh » Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:22 pm

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, I present Ironclad Armadas.
Naval warfare from 1840-1880.

The rules section contains rules for wind/weather conditions, Naval movement under sail, Ramming & collisions, fouling & grappling conversion notes and bibliography.

The Scenario section contains 25 Historical and 11 Alt-historical scenarios.

The Ships section contains 235 ships from 17 countries, 26 common ship types and 6 Forts & Gun batteries.

I will upload the illustrated ship section shortly. I have to break it into multiple pieces to get under the 2mb upload cap.

EDIT: Made some changes to a number of ships after reviewing some information. Uploaded pdf file Errata 4-25-2011 in this post. http://www.mj12games.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=2756&p=22305#p22305
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Re: Ironclad Armada-Free Source book

Postby JohnRobert » Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:50 pm

Wow! That was surely a lot of hard work. I am in awe of how good this is. This is even better than my worn and treasured copy of Ironclads & Aether Flyers.Thank you for posting it.

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Re: Ironclad Armada-Free Source book

Postby bekosh » Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:27 pm

Thanks. Honestly the hardest part was that every time I worked on it I found something new and interesting that I had never heard of. A naval battle involving Paraguay? Who would of thunk it? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Riachuelo

Anyway, here are the Illustrated ship sections that I promised. Parts 1-3.
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Re: Ironclad Armada-Free Source book

Postby bekosh » Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:30 pm

Parts 4-6.
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Re: Ironclad Armada-Free Source book

Postby mj12games » Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:53 pm

I just have to say... wow! Great job!
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Re: Ironclad Armada-Free Source book

Postby Blacklancer99 » Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:17 pm

Great stuff Paul!I like the simple way you handle wind conditions with regard to sailing ships.
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Re: Ironclad Armada-Free Source book

Postby murtalianconfederacy » Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:12 pm

Just an observation, a couple of ships seem to be low on hull. I wanted to make sure I understood the conversion notes (as you missed out Inflexible--how could you? :p), but the Arminius and Almirante Cochrane hulls are one less than the conversion notes suggest it would be.
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Re: Ironclad Armada-Free Source book

Postby bekosh » Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:16 am

murtalianconfederacy wrote:Just an observation, a couple of ships seem to be low on hull. I wanted to make sure I understood the conversion notes (as you missed out Inflexible--how could you? :p), but the Arminius and Almirante Cochrane hulls are one less than the conversion notes suggest it would be.

I'm glad to see people are checking this out.

The hull size is the square-root of the tonnage, divided by 8 and drop any fractions.
I used a copy of Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860-1905 for my data.
The German/Prussian Arminius is 1800 tons, square-root =42.426, divided by 8=5.3 drop the fraction= 5 hull
The Chilean Almirante Cochrane is 3370 tons, square-root=58.052, divided by 8=7.26 drop the fraction=7 hull.

You will find a hand full of ships that I added an extra hull so that it would have enough SU's to fit. And there were a few others that I tweeked the Marine count or the speed to make them fit. So the conversion notes aren't hard and fast rules, more like strong suggestions. ;)

As for the HMS Inflexible, I used a completion date cut off of 1880 and she was completed in 1881. She is one of the reasons that I picked that cut off date. The big jump from the 12 inch to the 16 inch main gun was such that I didn't feel comfortable calling them both Ultra-Heavy Rifles. Plus the armor thickness is way off the end of the scale that I established. 16-24 inches of armor would give a shield of 8. :o You'll also notice that I didn't do the Italian Duilio class for the same reason. Even though the first of them was completed in 1880.
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Re: Ironclad Armada-Free Source book

Postby murtalianconfederacy » Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:12 pm

Okay, that sounds fairly reasonable to me...:)

I've still got the Devastation and Thunderer to play around with, anyway...:)

As for the Duilio, it would be incredibly hard to calc seeing as only the barbettes are armoured, and most of it would be unarmoured--so any way to model it will either overestimate its defences (such as giving the four sides high shield ratings) or underestimate it (as there is no 'canon' armoured gun batteries)

I might see if I can do a couple of ships myself to 'expand' the setting, as it were--would it be okay if I posted them here?
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Re: Ironclad Armada-Free Source book

Postby bekosh » Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:45 pm

murtalianconfederacy wrote:I might see if I can do a couple of ships myself to 'expand' the setting, as it were--would it be okay if I posted them here?

Please do, having more to play with is always better. :D
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