To the North two dreadnoughts
pound each other side by side as a merchant slips by behind. Only
one of the dreadnoughts and possibly neither will be going home
as they both send rounds flying through the other’s armour
and water pours in the gaping wounds.
To the West a cruiser races
to intercept another convoy, forcing the ships into wild evasive
action and slowing them down so a lumbering battleship can catch
up and bring its heavy guns to bear.
Ships sink; Others collide;Warships thrust themselves between their merchants and the enemy
who are trying to attack them;
Turrets jam; Gguns run out
of ammo; Rudders come adrift; Motors seize; Pumps fail; Electrical
“All war is simple, but the simple is most difficult”
is proved once again.
Sunk vessels are recovered,
all are patched, scores are tallied and a winner for this round
of battle is declared.
Half an hour later a whistle
blows and the cannon open fire again as the next round of battle
Welcome to combat at a national
meeting of the Australian Battle Group –where 1/144th scale
Dreadnought era warships and merchants (skinned in balsa and armed
with CO2 powered cannon firing ball bearings at 180 km/h) do battle
in ponds across Australia.
YES Its legal in every state
YES its chaos
YES ITS FUN