Just completed Johannes's second scenario in his Harpoon3 battleset: Operation Windrose.
Playing from the German side I was tasked with preventing a large Russian surface group escaping from Baltijsk. The only catch is that you have limited assets to work with (1 SSK, 2 SAG's). At get go my first group made contact and I pushed in to weapons range. Was attempting to close some distance to make my SSM's a little more effective and close the gap for a gunfight or even drop some torpedoes. Quickly paid for that mistake with a mixed barrage of Soviet SSM's. As usual hit the panic button (fire!) and cringed knowing this wasn't going to be good. Took some bad hits which sent a majority of the group to the bottom but good SAMs allowed for a few gun bursts and a couple of torps. Unfortunately the remainder of the ships in that group died quickly to a follow up SSM strike. My next maneuver sent the SS at a crawl to ambush the coming group. As I did this I cranked up my second SAG to flank speed to try and intercept. Thought about breaking the group up but the smaller combatants needed the SAM coverage and at the rate I was moving should have no problem. Was also counting on my SSK to slow the Russians up a bit. What happened next was probably the first nail in my coffin. My SSK got into range and I fired a salvo. Everything went fine except one key point: weapon management. Over allocated, sending multiple torpedoes at single targets. My attacks were successful but the loss of the extra torpedoes hurt me in the long run. Shortly after this occurred I started pushing my group into range. Went active and began to get multiple inbounds on my track. My ships fought well and managed to shoot down a good number of the SSM's. Unfortunately a pair of missiles got through (Siren) and sank two of my ships. Bored in again and managed to get some good gun kills (love a running gun fight) but this action led to my next mistake. Forgetting the enemy had air which I detected far too late and wasn't in a good position to defend against (no CAP overhead). This was pretty much the last nail in the coffin. My larger ships took fatal hits which lost me the scenario and my smaller boats escaped but were in no condition to chase the group to St. Petersburg. I did have a little vilification with my SSK but had wasted too many torps early on to make a difference. Lost the scenario but had a good time doing it.
Overall this was a great scenario. Well thought out, good order of battle and exciting.
by Ragnar Emsoy
This is the second and last scenario in Johannes' Kaliningrad battleset. The player is tasked with raiding a Russian convoy and features a number of advanced German weapon systems including the K-130 corvette. I started off launching an attack on the convoy using my closest SAG, sinking two enemy Tarantul PGMs with eight Exocets, scoring two hits on each. I then withdrew my ships to avoid having any SSMs fired in return. My sub then attacked and, shooting torps in pairs, sank the Sovremenny, Neustrashimy, Krivak and two smaller SSM-armed boats. My second SAG, moving at flank speed, then overtook the enemy convoy and launched its own attack, sinking remaining enemy SSM and gun-armed ships and boats. I finally killed off a whole bunch of unarmed merchants with guns (yeah!) and 533mm torps before Harpoon3 announced I had won. My overhead Eurofighter cover also killed four Russian attack aircraft before they reached their launch positions. I lost only one of my patrol boats, sunk by a torpedo fired from a Grisha. Summing things up I can say this is a great scen, balanced but yet not too easy to win. Well done Johannes!