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48.3 WAR vs Austria-Hungary! - May 1904

bluepencil

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This too, is according to the scenario.
We have expected this sort of thing, it's well within operational tolerances.


The rest of the Delfin-class are fine though.


Yeah, ok.
Do we share a land border from Albania with Austria-Hungary though?


Are we going to have to invade Montenegro?

I just... I just wanna set the Balkans on fire~♪


Very good.
Increase baguette consumption per capita.


Ah!
So the thing we just walloped was a CL Szigetvar-class, not THE Szigetvar.


Crapbaskets.
But we know their CA Sankt Georg class are no match for our Adobo class, so the Andale might have to turn back.

(CA Andale) I'm past Singapore already!
(CA Andale) Why do you waste my time like thiiis?



*deep breath*
 

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49.1 WAR! - Coastal Raid off Austria-Hungary 1904

bluepencil

Indentured Artist
Author

All right. So how are we doing this then?

Are they raiding us? Are we raiding them?


(CA Adobo) It's night time.

It's night time.

(DD Dorado 2) Where even are we?


All right, duckies.
While you would be more useful scouting, I can't be arsed to keep moving you around.

Follow the Battleships around to spot for them instead. Destructor sank because we weren't paying attention.

(DD Destructor 2) That's a Light Cruiser's job, isn't it?

Well, we don't have any that of there anyw-


LADRON! WHAT ARE YOU STILL DOING HERE?
You were hiding behind Adobo!

(CL Ladron) You just set me on Foreign Station and didn't tell me to go anywhere!


Those look like our coastlines.
So they're raiding us.

(CL Ladron) The Mediterranean IS Foreign Waters. Albania IS a Colonial Possession.

Oh.





(CL Ladron) The night is dark and full of terrors!

Fine. Go ahead and rejoin the formation.

Adobo, what have you got?




(CA Adobo) I can't see a dang thing!


We are going to fail this mission so hard.

They could be ANYWHERE. They could be hugging the coast and running dark.
They could be in that channel below us or in the middle of the Adriatic or that coastline up there.

(B Baraco) Are you going to split the Party?

That's not even a thing we can do because you'll revert back to AI control when you lose sight of the flagship.
 
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49.2 WAR! - Coastal Raid off Austria-Hungary 1904

bluepencil

Indentured Artist
Author

(CL Ladron) I'm already lost.

DAMMIT LADRON!


Fine, just pick a random direction.

Go straight north.



Wot?


Is that one of ours?

It's probably one of ours. It couldn't possibly be that convenient that as soon as we deviated away from our starting heading we would find the enemy.


(CA Donau) AAAAAAA.
 
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49.3 WAR! - Coastal Raid off Austria-Hungary 1904

bluepencil

Indentured Artist
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All right, first things first - Adobo, get back to work.


Barbarella, you too. You're the one here that should be technically immune to all return fire.


Take the lead.

(B Barbarella) Contact with main enemy fleet?


(CA Adobo) Maaaybe?

Am I seeing this right?

It's daaaaaytime.
And the seas are calm.

Did they bring everything?


Oh crap they brought everything.

Patatas! They WERE hugging the coast!
If we had kept our heading from when we started, we wouldn't ever have seen them.


What's funny about this is that as soon as we sighted each other, their Battleships immediately turned around.

I fear your magic six-inch secondaries more than I do your main guns!


Let's turn 45 degrees so we can present our broadsides too.
All ships- engage!
 
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49.4 WAR! - Coastal Raid off Austria-Hungary 1904

bluepencil

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ADOBO HOW?

HOW ARE YOU DAMAGED THIS QUICKLY ALREADY?!


Wait, hang on. I don't see any hits here.


Did you... did you jam your guns and accidentally punch yourself in the face so hard it buckled your hull?

(CA Adobo) ... no. You can't prove anything.


Adobo!

(CA Adobo) I'm FINE.
(CA Adobo) Keep your head in the game, Admiral!



All right.
(The most reasonable explanation is the repairs actually haven't finished yet)


So that's... 14 ships. Versus our 8.

BatDiv1: 2 ships​
- B Barbarella​
- B Baraco​
DesDiv 2: 3 ships​
- DD Dorado 2​
- DD Dorado 3​
- DD Destructor 2​
CruDiv 3: 1 ship​
- CA Adobo​
BatDiv 4: 1 ship​
- B Barquillo​
CruDiv 7: 1 ship​
- CL Ladron​
But if you think about it, it's mainly just three Battleships and an Armored Cruiser. Four actual battleworthy ships.


Ladron can't even be set out of AI control.
And is as expected, useless.

(CL Ladron) I'm helping!

By staying out of the way, good for you.
Very good.


(CA Adobo) The enemy have all turned around.

Two ships. We are basically attacking them with just TWO SHIPS RIGHT NOW.

(CA Adobo) To be fair, nothing they have can stand up to Barbarella.

Destroyer torpedo run!

(CA Adobo) That's hypocritical.

(CL Ladron) Oh hey guys, I found that Trader you were talking about.
 
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49.5 WAR! - Coastal Raid off Austria-Hungary 1904

bluepencil

Indentured Artist
Author

The Battleships seem to have recovered their nerve.



(CA Adobo) They're turning around in a circle like a school of fish.

Must have made a count of how many ships we actually have.

(CA Adobo) Do we care?

Heck no.


Oh and now you have tooth decay too?!

(CA Adobo) ...

(B Barquillo) Moving on up.


Wait, seriously? Adobo's the formation leader here?


(CA Adobo) *dodge*


(CA Adobo) *miss*


(CA Adobo) *forward turret back in action*
(CA Adobo) OH YEAH I'M BACK IN THE GAME, BABY

Yeaah, they're definitely just running away now.


Ahyup.



Our ships are slow, this is a problem.
 
49.6 WAR! - Coastal Raid off Austria-Hungary

bluepencil

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(CL Ladron) Hey guys, look!


(CL Ladron) I'm not lying. I'm actually being useful!

Yes. Yes you are, Ladron. Good for you.
Now just stay back there behind the formation.

Good. Very good.


We're actually overtaking these guys.
This is good.


This is bad.


(B Barbarella) I can't... keep this top speed... anymore...
(B Barbarella) My engine crew are exhausted.

I see, so that's the benefit of oil-fired boilers.
Oil isn't actually that much cheaper or lighter than coal, but it can run constantly with little human intervention.


All right, Adobo, turn back before you're caught between the Austria-Hungarian fleet and the shore-based guns.


Ugh, what's this -60 Tech Level penalty? This makes no sense!

(CA Adobo) My guns are eight-inchers.

So?

(CA Adobo) Guns smaller than nine inches as main guns get a rate of fire penalty without reliable training and elevation gear.

That makes even less sense.
They're made of less metal, so they should be easier to move and aim.


(CA Adobo) *PWONNG!*

Dammit, Adobo! You're hit again?
Are you the punching bag now?

Is this your meme life now?!



(CA Adobo) Shut up I AM FINE.


(CA Adobo) *wha-pow!*

(B Habsburg) *wha-bonk!*

(CA Adobo) I AM MORE THAN FINE.

I guess you are.
 
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