Steel Castles sourcebook in the yards!

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Re: Steel Castles sourcebook in the yards!

Postby MarkG88 » Sun Sep 18, 2016 5:46 pm

Charles Lewis wrote:I think I know what I want to do, I just need to test it out. Assuming it works as I think it will, I'll be able to move forward promptly from that test. :)



Looking forward to your solution. I am a big fan of this Dreadnought era VBAM adaptation 8)

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Re: Steel Castles sourcebook in the yards!

Postby MarkG88 » Sun Sep 18, 2016 6:45 pm

Charles Lewis wrote:
1911, Royal Sovereign, Dreadnought, DV 17, AS 14, AF 6, CR 8, CC 4
1905, Dreadnought, Dreadnought, DV 16, AS 10, AF 2, CR 7, CC 3
1911, Queen Mary, Battlecruiser, DV 13, AS 11, AF 4, CR 8, CC 4
1906, Invincible, Battlecruiser, DV 10, AS 10, AF 3, CR 7, CC 3
1916, Courageous, Cruiser, DV 6, AS 9, AF 5, CR 7, CC 3
1904, Warrior, Cruiser, DV 10, AS 6, AF 2, CR 6, CC 3
1917, Carlisle, Light Cruiser, DV 4, AS 3, AF 1, CR 3, CC 2
1913, Arethusa, Light Cruiser, DV 5, AS 2, AF 1, CR 3, CC 1

I will probably need to either recalculate AF for light cruisers, or simply given them a blanket exception that would allow them to use AS against light craft since their primaries are 6" guns (or smaller). There are also a couple of Cruiser classes that are only armed with 6" guns (Diadem and Monmouth) that will also need that taken into account.


I vote for giving the Light Cruisers AF + AS vs Destroyers (fighters) since this class tended to be used as destroyer flotilla leaders (flagships in the real world) and as escort vessels (in the spaceborne setting) they would be specializing in anti-destroyer tactics.


I mulled over doing A VBAM setting similar to this. My adaptation had three classes of ships: capital, cruiser, escort with three classes of weapons: primary, secondary, and tertiary. Primary weapons (only) could affect "first class" ships (battleships). Secondary weaponry could affect "second class" and below ships and of course tretiary weapons only affected escorts (third class).


I was giving battleships high primary (PA) and secondary (SA) ratings ( 10+) and minimal tertiary (TA) ratings (3 or less). Borrowing Charlie's stats for illustrative convenience, my version of ships would have been:

Class Type Size DV PA SA TA
Dreadnought DN 1 16 10 15 2
Invincible BC 2 10 10 15 3
Courageous CA 2 6 9 9 5
Carlisle CL 2 4 3 3 6


To represent both the size and armor of modern battleships (DN class) vs the more thinly armored battle-cruisers we have Invincible hitting as hard as the Dreadnought, but going to take more damage when hit by a BC or DN (size 2 vs SA 15). Dreadnought class ships and battleships are size 1 and may only be affected by Primary weapon ratings (first rates with best armor and weapons available), Cruisers are size 2 and take damage from Secondary weapons and destroyers/torpedo boats/subs are size 3 and get damaged by TA attacks. Subs (the original and still most effect stealth weapon) would have had stealth or cloak rating and cruisers would have the recon ability.

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Re: Steel Castles sourcebook in the yards!

Postby Charles Lewis » Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:29 pm

Interesting notion, and if I weren't trying to "Standard VBAM" I might be inclined to pursue it further, but I'm definitely going to be tweaking the light cruisers to make them more effective against destroyers (by allowing use of their primaries against them) as is appropriate.
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Re: Steel Castles sourcebook in the yards!

Postby PaulB » Sun Nov 13, 2016 3:10 am

Anything new to report? :)

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Re: Steel Castles sourcebook in the yards!

Postby Charles Lewis » Tue Nov 15, 2016 3:30 pm

Had a long layoff due to life with a special needs kid, but I have finally gotten started on the Germans.

Here's a comparison:

Nassau Dreadnought DV 17 AS 14 AF 5 CR 7 CC 3
Dreadnought Dreadnought DV 16 AS 10 AF 2 CR 7 CC 3

Germany's response to the Dreadnought clearly ups the stakes. It wouldn't be until the Orion class (with 4 classes in between!) that Britain produces something equivalent. However, the British make up for that with quantity.
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Re: Steel Castles sourcebook in the yards!

Postby PaulB » Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:41 pm

Very cool.
I just started that Castles of Steel book by Massey, should be good.


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