Italians and Turks

By Michael Cannon / January 3, 2010

I picked these two fleets to start with as few other folks were planning on doing the Aegean and I thought that these would be unique (and on that I was right).

The Turks are based on German Aeronefs, many of which Brigade Models already had in their stables. As you can see, this is a poor man’s navy with a number of easily repairable dig platforms. The vessels in front are *very* light and have only two damage points apiece. They are mainly good for pursuit and polishing off damaged enemy craft or for use in support of land engagements. The real powerhouse of the fleet is the battleship which lies in the back of the fleet. I gave these all Turkish names based on important individuals in Turkish history.

  • One Abdul Aziz class Dig Battleship  Abdul Aziz
  • One Sultan Selim class Battlecruiser  Tewfik
  • One Muin-I-Zaffer class Dig Cruiser Mahmudieh
  • Two Assari Shevket class Dig Destroyers  Abdul Hamid, Rehberi Tewfk
  • Three Keyk class Patrol Digs Kandiya, Retimo, Sinub

I made nameplates for each ship and pasted them on Plasticard and glued them to the bases so I could track each vessel. As my fiend pointed out, I should have placed them on the back so the player could see them instead of the opponent!

The Italian fleet has a beautiful color scheme (which *I* did not choose as I just aped the Brigade Models miniatures.) This is a more Western style fleet and when put straight up against the Turksih fleet, it clobbered the Turks. I’ll have to go back and do some research on the points to make sure I have them evenly matched. You’ll notice that the lighter ships in the Italian navy outweigh the Turks. In front are 2mm figures from Irregular miniatures which I intend on using with Land Ironclads.

This fleet is composed of the following:

  • Two Re d’Italia class Battleships  Venizia, Roma
  • One Guilo Cesare class Light Battleship  Di Vinci
  • One Pisa class Cruiser  San Marco
  • One Carlo Alberto class Dig Colombo
  • Two Palestro class Destroyers  Espero, Ziffiro

I have included some PDFs here for those who desire to use them.

If folks find this interesting, I’ll be happy to post more on my Aeronef gaming.

About the author

Michael Cannon

I have been wargaming as long as I can remember. I met my wife when I was 14 and had been gaming long before that so that should give you an indication as to how long it has been. One of the first games I owned was Anzio by Avalon Hill. I drove over to the hobby shop in the snow to pick it up as I finally had the money to get something! I can remember playing with Airfix figures and Roco tanks back in the 6th grade and before.

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