Welcome back to the Indo-China campaign for Castles in the Sky from Osprey Games. In part three, the French got the drop on the British above the Kra Isthmus and gave the Royal Navy of Siam a drubbing! It was so bad, that the Kra Isthmus became unstable and became an asset of the French! In addition, the HMS Achilles was heavily damaged and sent to Laem Chabang for a refit and repair. It shifted the campaign to the French leading 4 to 2. The first force to 7 will trigger the "Final Battle" scenario. So far, the French have the lead in that regard.
Commodore Aubre was feeling confident about his fleet and their chances. Despite Commodore Duckworth's precarious political position with the Siamese and the British consulate, he still had command of a potent fleet in being. It was tempting to go on the offensive, but the French Cuchinchina was still getting repaired, and the Hue was performing training maneuvers of the coast of Tourane. Now was not the time to change his defensive strategy.
Commodore Duckworth was on the back-foot. His offensive strategy had bit him badly in the last week. However, with his political capital down he needed a win. Despite the pressure, he decided to change his strategy back to defensive.
However, with the French hanging back he saw a chance to bombard a smuggler's harbor that was supplying the insurgents on the Kra Isthmus. If Commodore Aubre wished to keep the insurgency moving forward, he would be forced to defend this supply point. The French rose to the challenge, and steamed out to meet the British once more.
We rolled up a Bombardment with the British as the attacker. There are no complications that are rolled up. Both sides choose up to 25 Operational Value, and both sides can bring their battleships for another battleship showdown! The French have an armor 7 ground target to defend.
Royal Navy of Siam
The British are coming in on the alternate side on the British right corner, being led by Commodore Duckworth's flag on the HMS Malayan. They are in a familiar formation with the Malayan at Altitude and speed 4. The HMS Medusa is covering her at Altitude 5. The HMS Archeron is at Altitude 4, and the HMS Corsair is at Altitude 3. They are all matching speed 4. They can only deploy 6 MU in.