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Offline GaryMc

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Wolfpack AAR: Pink's Dilemma
« on: December 01, 2019, 08:01:06 AM »
First off gents, going to take me a bit to get serious with this AAR, as today's a pretty hectic day, but I'll start it here, in part to make sure I follow through  :-".  I'll add to it as I can.

The Scenario I'll do is one of the smaller ones, "Pink's Dilemma". It's set during the convoy battle of ONS-5 in May 1943 ("Black May").  The Germans had made a coordinated attack on the convoy which was largely unsuccessful, but a small group of ships had separated from the main convoy, under the escort of the HMS Pink (a Flower-class Corvette).  Historically, the Pink prosecuted one contact with a sub, causing serious damage, but a second sub got into her mini-convoy (thus the dilemma).


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Re: Wolfpack AAR: Pink's Dilemma
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2019, 08:05:33 AM »
So, looking at the image, I have two subs. Right now, I'm focused on the easternmost one. U-358.  Light clouds with a wind of 10kts. 

I have to leave in a second, but to give you a bit of idea of what you're seeing.  The sub is surrounded by a number of circles, wedges and the like.
1) The yellow circle is current visible range.  Though the clouds do break LOS.  Note, this is the range at which I can see them.  Subs are harder to see, but if you get close enough, they will spot you.
2) the Black 3/4 circle is your main gun.  You don't have an aft firing arc because the gun is blocked by the Conning Tower.  The gun fires automatically, though you can order it not to fire. (Handy for night battles when you don't want to reveal  your position.)
3) The two blue arcs are your fore and aft torpedoes.

You'll notice on the lower left minimap that you have another sub off to the west.

I have to scoot to work now, so over the next few days, I'll share my misadventures in submarining. Then, my even worse misadventures on the bridge of the HMS Pink  :D

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Re: Wolfpack AAR: Pink's Dilemma
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2019, 08:13:17 AM »
Subscribing!!  O0 :notworthy:
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Re: Wolfpack AAR: Pink's Dilemma
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2019, 09:48:11 AM »
Thanks, so much for putting in this extra effort.
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Re: Wolfpack AAR: Pink's Dilemma
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2019, 09:53:10 AM »
Thanks, so much for putting in this extra effort.

Ditto :clap:

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Re: Wolfpack AAR: Pink's Dilemma
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2019, 10:51:35 AM »
Can someone give me a link to the game page so I can understand the game basics?

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Re: Wolfpack AAR: Pink's Dilemma
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2019, 10:56:22 AM »
Game page: http://www.johntillersoftware.com/NavalCampaigns/Wolfpack.html?mc_cid=a93dd79bae&mc_eid=cddf15686c

Better than that, the manual is freely available from the game page as a pdf link! http://www.johntillersoftware.com/NavalCampaigns/Wolfpack/user.pdf

Though as an introduction the getting-started help file might be better? -- also linked on the game page. http://www.johntillersoftware.com/NavalCampaigns/Wolfpack/started.pdf

(I haven't bought the game yet but I'm interested; also in the prior Midway game using the same engine.)
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Dawn of Armageddon -- a narrative AAR for Dawn of War: Soulstorm: Ultimate Apocalypse: The Hunt Begins: Insert Joke Here!

Survive Harder! In the grim darkness of the bowl there is only, um, Amazons. And tentacles and midgets. Not remotely what you're thinking! ...okay, maybe a little remotely.

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Re: Wolfpack AAR: Pink's Dilemma
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2019, 12:05:11 PM »
Ok, getting back to it.  (My work schedule on Sundays is odd.  I have about 2-3 hours of free time mid afternoon, then gone for most of the day.)

Before I dig into the action itself, I'll note a bit more of the information on my sub.

If you look at the first screenshot, you'll see the sub info box (top left).  The sub is listed as 100%(100%).  The first number is the overall sub health. (Like John's other naval games, this one doesn't have detailed points of damage or the like.  You can get flooding or burning status, but nothing more in depth than that.)  Generally, as long as a ship is over 75%, it operates pretty well. After that, it begins to degrade. That said, subs are pretty fragile, so getting much damage can be a real problem.

The number in parenthesis is the current battery state. I'm running on the surface, so all is well.  My sub is a hair short on torpedoes, as I only have 2 reloads for my forward tubes.  This reflects the torps used in previous engagements against this convoy.

If you rightclick on that area, you'll get a bit more info on your sub, as in this screen shot.

Of note, you'll see that this is a Type VIIC U-Boat, and has armor by Reynolds :D

After this, I'll get into the AAR proper.


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Re: Wolfpack AAR: Pink's Dilemma
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2019, 12:10:01 PM »
So, getting into the action.  It's 11:30 in the morning, and I'm hunting any stragglers from the convoy we attacked previously.  I have two subs, though they are too far apart to easily work together.  No enemy air cover is expected even though it's daytime, so I can afford to run on the surface.  For now, I'll run both subs on their current course (E), until I develop a contact.  After that, we'll see how things develop.

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Re: Wolfpack AAR: Pink's Dilemma
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2019, 12:31:20 PM »
We have contact!  Enemy "K" (Corvette) at the far end of my view range (18000), ESE.  Looks like the enemy convoy is currently  headed WNW at 8kts.  Since this is first contact, I don't have a full clue of its base course quite yet.  I can likely stay on the surface a bit longer before the enemy corvette gets a peek at me.  It may help me read the convoy's zigzags and figure out the base course.  Still though, assuming it stays on a more or less W course, I'm well positioned to submerge and wait for them to come to me. 


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Re: Wolfpack AAR: Pink's Dilemma
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2019, 12:39:30 PM »
11:50:29

Enemy corvette is currently about 16500 out.  I've turned on the range grid, each dot is 1000y.  He's come to
SSW, so I'd guess that the base course is indeed, due W or maybe WSW.  At this point, I'm going to drop my lead sub underwater and bring it to due S at 2 knots.  If I've read his route properly, I'll come in on him from the north.  My second sub will continue to close at max speed.

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Re: Wolfpack AAR: Pink's Dilemma
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2019, 01:17:36 PM »
12:47:43

Reacquired contact. I was getting a bit nervous. For a fair bit of time, I had a cloud covering the area I expected to reacquire, and it was hard for me to be sure if the plan was working.

I've now spotted an AK 9000 just off of SE.  I should be able to consider my basically south run with my lead sub, and will hopefully get a good shot at the merchie.


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Re: Wolfpack AAR: Pink's Dilemma
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2019, 01:26:16 PM »
12:49:43

I've been pinged! You get an audio cue when it happens, and you can also see the line of bearing it comes from.  I should be ok still. I'm far enough out that he won't get a return, but I still got the signal that the Corvette is at it.



That's all I have time for right now. I'll pick up with things when I get back or tomorrow.  Am I more Prien or Klink? Tune in to find out!


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Re: Wolfpack AAR: Pink's Dilemma
« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2019, 05:49:48 AM »
Looking forward to this. Interested in the game as it's about subs unlike the excellent Steam and Iron and RTW2.

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Re: Wolfpack AAR: Pink's Dilemma
« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2019, 05:57:02 PM »
Back at it for the evening.  Just getting started, so not a great deal of new situation.

I'm headed due S at 4 kts.  I just took down my periscope, which will make it yet harder for them to find me.  To help me keep track of locations in my mind, I placed a marker on the map on the location of th nearer target, with some info (most recent course and speed. In this case, 8kts SSW)  As his zigzag seems to more or less have him on a SW-ish course, I should be able to get into good position on the flank of the enemy transports.  I have also turned my rearward sub to ESE, to better intercept the further course of the enemy.  It's still well out of spotting, so it's pulling full speed on the surface.