Turkish Galley 1571.
Last night saw thew first ever naval battle played in the Wargamorium. It was set in the Mediterranean in the 1570s around the time of the Battle Of Lepanto.
The ships are 1/300 scale and they come in kit form which needs some assembly and painting and the end result is worth it as you can see. These were supplied by one of our group who also umpired the game.
The game consisted of two Venetian galleys versus one Ottoman or Turkish galley accompanied by two Turkish galliots which although smaller are definitely more manoeuvrable and this was reflected in the rules.
The two squadrons arrived at either end of the table simultaneously and as their firepower is restricted both sides started to manoeuvre immediately into close range where not only artillery could be used but so too could small arms. The ultimate aim was to board and capture the enemy ships after some hand to hand fighting.
Soon after the game started two galleys clashed head on and after an exchange of fire and an extended melee the Venetians managed to eliminate the enemy crew and capture their ship. In the meantime the smaller galliots attempted to outmanoeuvre the other Venetian galley and launch a joint attack on the first galley which was engaged with the Turkish galley. Although the galliots were far more manoeuvrable and ran rings around the Venetians they eventually found themselves inside the range and angle of the Venetian heavy guns and both were destroyed.
It was a clear cut victory for the Venetians and an encouraging omen for the upcoming battle at Lepanto.
The Ottoman squadron