|Opening action. The Burgundian Caravel is fast and maneuverable, but the|
French Cog carries more men. I need to keep my distance and pick them off one by one.
Its the day after Thanksgiving and my son had finally finished painting his cog that he won at Historicon this past summer. My caravel has been finished for a while, with the exception of the sails and rigging. We kept it simple with square sails and a spanker for my caravel. The sails are just linen scraps from a hunting shirt project (18th c AWI) that I whipped together on the machine and made fast to the booms and yards with some hemp cord. Easy day.
The engagement opened with the two vessels on opposite ends of the estuary amid some islands and rocks. This would give us something interesting to maneuver around and, perhaps, run aground upon (1d4 roll if within 2 in. of shoals). The rules we used were some house rules I whipped up in consultation with my resident 11 year old French knight.
|The Caravel comes about to rake the fo'csle of the French Cog.|
|The French grapple onto the caravel.|
|The gunners wipe out the first wave of French boarders.|
Only a knight and halberdier stood left of the original eight in the boarding party. Unfortunately these were reinforced and crossed onto my aft deck, which was quickly a shambles with the remains of a knight, sergeant, and several halberdiers.
|Disengagement is the better part of valor.|
The French watch as the faster and more maneuverable caravel
flees with the wind.