We recently had a chance to try out the sub rules.... overall this proved to be easy, but at the same time, a few issues came up that we questioned. For the first encounter, I fielded a Han SSN, my USN opponent fielded an OH Perry (which was nice of him, he certainly had some better options).
Here is our hated capitalist running dog enemy... OH Perry deploying Seahawks.
Surprise, surprise, surprise!
OK, on this, we used the attack score of the torpedo as listed on the individual card (in the case of my Han SSN, this was a 6) instead of the "9" listed on the rules chart. We did not apply the guided / unguided / wire-guided modifiers as we decided this would (should) have already been calculated in.
At about this time it occurred to us that there does not seem to be any modifier for the subs own ability to detect enemy surface vessels... all subs seem to be treated the same in this regard. We may be overlooking a rule, but if not, this seems strange.
OK, since the first battle was so short, we set up round two, pitting my Luhu DDG vs a USN Improved Los Angeles (I think the model pictured is a Virginia, but we didn't have a card for it).
Sailing to glory.... or death.... we will find out shortly...
We went through a few turns, as the Los Angeles closed a wee bit on my Luhu, before stopping above the thermocline. I wonder what he has in mind?
Now that the Los Angeles was detected, we worked for a localization, and tried VERY hard to close on the enemy sub. The USN failed to keep a detection, allowing me to close, slightly.
Inevitably, the Los Angeles regained contact, with predictable results... a flight of 4 Harpoons (he realized large volleys are the way to go)...
OK, so nothing to shoot them down with, chaff does nothing, what could go wrong?????
In all, it did go well... but there seem to be some things not quite right. I think we may decide on plotting "vectors" or "zones" for the sub approach. I had a real hard time swallowing how hard it would be for a surface ship to close on a missile equipped sub... then realized, that was perfectly realistic. Stand off attacks would be hard to deal with. Also, with multiple assets, spread in a defensive pattern, it would be much harder for a sub to find a "safe" position to attack from (unless of course the sub decided that attacking an outlying escort would be a more survivable option).
Actually, the thing I was really happy about was my Han sinking the Perry! The Perry had some bad detection rolls, my Han did pretty well with closing and detection... and once that first torpedo hit, it was pretty much all over. Don't worry, I will take that victory, thank you very much.
We shall sail again!