It was said that no battleship was sunk by the airplanes on the open sea yet. That's why admiral Philips decided to ambush Japaneese landing troops during dispembark at the root of Malay penisula with his Force Z squadron of two fast battleships.
|HMS Prince of Wales leaving Singapore - source wikipedia|
His ships were follow hidden toward its target for quite long time, but eventually the party was discovered by the Japaneese reconnaissance aircrafts. Loosing element of surprise British admiral turned back to his base in Singapore. Meanwhile bombers and torpedo aircrafts hunted its prey. Eventually they tracked them down and attack wildly. The doom for a battleship comes. The two mainships were sunk in the open sea by the airforce
The Japaneese player's goal is to find and sink Prince of Wales before she returns to the Singapore base. He has at disposal a single element of three G3M Nell or G4M Betty twin engine bombers armed with torpedoes.
To play Big-game hunting scenario you need the regular 48x48" table. Player starts with 3 G4M Bettys (regular pilots) at the north edge of the table. The player chooses advantage level of the planes. All the aircrafts are laden with torpedoes.
Until the battleship has been found the player moves his bombers directly south. At the end of each turn, he makes seeking test, if the British battleship was found (as described in the Airstrike rules). If the test is successful, player makes 2D6 roll which indicates the distance from the nearest airplane (east or west) where the ship appears. Place the model (1/700 battleship would be perfect or any marker 10" long) heading south. If it is possible the target battleship opens fire into the enemy airplanes immediately.
At the beggining of each turn move the target battleship 1" direct toward the south edge of the table. The game ends when the target reaches the edge or is sunk. If - during the game - the Japaneese bomber party is forced to retreat another unit of Betty's arrives from the north edge of the table (at the same way as the first) and make a pursue the ship.
Flak barrage: Just appeared battleship may set up a Flak barrage in the regular way in a single line between the aircrafts and the ship. It may be repositioned if another bomber party arrive.
|British battleships under attack of Japaneese airforce near Kuantan, source - wikipedia|