Skirmish at Schedar 2147
Turn 11


Neu Swabian League/Eurasian Solar Union Border The Eurasian Solar Union 2nd Fleet had swept through the Schedar system in 2145, detecting the debris of the 1st Battle of Schedar. While 2nd Fleet went on to skirmish with Neu Swabian League scouts in the Kochab system, VKF High Command conceived of a plan to protect the Union's Spinward flank. 2nd Fleet was ordered back to Schedar to hold the system until reinforcements, already enroute from Bootis, arrived and the new operation could begin.

Meanwhile, the new NSL 5th Fleet had been moving Trailing since its formation in 2144. After dropping ships at Cephei, Admiral Haubenstricker continued to Schedar, her mission to determine the fate of Von Vettinghoff’s missing 1st Fleet. While NSL High Command hoped to secure Schedar for a future push to Trailing, Haubenstricker was under strict orders to probe the system, and to avoid prolonged combat with any superior ESU formations.

Schedar system consists of eleven orbits. Orbits 1 and 2 are occupied by two small, uninhabitable, rocky worlds. A planetoid belt separates the inner worlds from the Terran type world in Orbit 4. From the Barren world of Schedar V, the system stretches outwards from its star with another planetoid belt and then alternating small and large gas giants. Orbit 11 is occupied by a small, icy, ball.

As both fleets FTL into Schedar system, they suddenly become aware of each other. The winner of the first Initiative roll will determine where in the system the encounter will take place - in Free Space, near a Dense world, near a Gas Giant, or in an Asteroid Field.

ESU Situation:

Kontr-admiral Alexander Zinoviev has been ordered to take and hold Schedar system and then await the arrival of reinforcements. Schedar is to be used as a jumping off point for Operation Iron Hammer and any, or all, hostile ships must be excluded from the system.

2nd Fleet consists of:
Manchuria class Battlecruiser Shandong
Gorshkov class Heavy Cruiser Ochakov
Volga class Heavy Destroyer Angara
Warsaw class Destroyer Czestochowa
Novgorod class Frigate Neustrashimy

The Shandong is acting as flag ship.

Admiral Zinoviev is an Average Officer, as are the Captains of the Shandong, Ochakov and Neustrashimy. The Captains of the Czestochowa and Angara are Poor Officers.

NSL Situation:

Admiral Katharina Haunenstricker's orders are to cautiously explore Schedar system to determine the fate of Admiral Von Vettinghoff and 1st Fleet; to probe for the presence of hostile units; to evade contact; and to report back to NSL High Command.

5th Fleet consists of:
Markgraf class Heavy Cruiser Markgraf
Waldburg/M class Missile Destroyer Diamantmarkierung
Waldburg/M class Missile Destroyer Boa
Waldburg class Destroyer Csikos

The Markgraf is serving as flagship.

Admiral Haunenstricker is an Average Officer as are the Captains of the Diamantmarkierung and Boa. The Captains of the Markgraf and the Csikos are Good Officers.

Eurasian Solar Union:883 Points248 Mass
Neu Swabian League:573 Points172 Mass

Ships Used:
All Neu Swabian League ships in this engagement were Fleet Book 1 standard.

All Eurasian Solar Union ships in this engagement were Fleet Book 1 standard.

Historical Result:

Admiral Haunenstricker won Initiative and decided that the battle would take place in Free Space, allowing her the option to FTL away if the Eurasian Solar Union force proved superior to hers.

Haunenstricker's force deployed in the new NSL Lance formation, Csikos forming the apex of the triangle based on the Boa and Diamantmarkierung while the Markgraf held the middle of the base-line. Zinoviev, with two slow ships, threw them forward in his centre with Shandong and Ochakov trailing and to either flank. The Neustrashimy frigate led the formation, out to starboard of the line.

At 200 MU separation, Haunenstricker ordered a four point turn to port. The NSL ships came around, reversing facing but holding their relative positions, while the ESU formation bore down on them. Neustrashimy, with a higher acceleration, began to draw ahead as Shandong and Ochakov overhauled the slower Czestochowa and Angara.

All NSL units now had their FTL engines on-line but Haunenstricker was hoping for a closer look at the approaching ESU ships before 5th Fleet Jumped.

By turn 8, Neustrashimy had crossed the stern of the NSL Lance and had come close enough to scan, and be scanned by, Csikos and Boa. Neustrashimy was now at Thrust 55 to the NSL Thrust 24. Behind Neustrashimy, Shandong and Ochakov were bearing down at Thrust 39. Slowly, but steadily, the NSL lead was being whittled away.

On turn 13, after a breaking manoeuvre, Neustrashimy came within range of her Class 2 Beam. She put a shot into Boa, slagging the Swabian's armour and scoring two points of hull damage (6 followed by a 6). Neustrashimy's breaking manoeuvre had neatly kept her out of Boa's missile arc.

As the damage reports flashed to her command bridge, Haunenstricker considered her options. As strong as the temptation was to turn and engage Neustrashimy, she was acutely aware of the Capital and Cruiser class bogeys bearing down on her at Thrust 61. They would leap from plots on longscan to in-your-face ship killers in a matter of moments if she paused to engage the 'Black Frigate'. Reluctantly, Haunenstricker gave the order, and the four NSL ships vanished into FTL.


I played this battle as a solo game, using the Officer Ratings, and Chris's orders for his NSL fleet, to guide me. Afterwards, Chris rather glumly wished that Admiral Haunenstricker had been a little less cautious, so he could have got better scan data on the rest of the ESU fleet. I pointed out that Neustrashimy's superb shooting had hurt Boa, and that in most other respects, Haunenstricker had achieved her objectives, and saved her command.

Neustrashimy acquired the nick-name the 'Black Frigate' after being the only ESU ship to get in range of the NSL scout in the Kochab System. Again, her gunnery was excellent and the scout was destroyed.

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