From: Fife Scotland
The pre-dreadnoughts from the Majestics class of 1898 - Lord Nelson class of 1908 were all pretty much the same, apart from speeds ranging from 14 knots of the Majestics - just 18 knots for the newest Lord Nelson class.All were to slow for the Grand Fleet battle squadrons of at least 21 knots,the predreadnoughts were used in alot more rolls than just coastal defence, as you suggest they might be included as part of the green dot defence system.I take the green dot system represents port fortification's,destroyer patrols,submarine patrols and mine fields.
The game can easily incorporate pre-dreadnought units,for rolls other than being included as part of this massive 1 Battleship unit that does absolutely nothing for the game.In history the pre-dreadnoughts were used for the imfamous failed Gallipoli landings,Atlantic convoy escorts heavy protection for troop ships,Heavy English channel protection for the B.E.F.Troop transport to Europe,shore bombardments where ever needed.Various other convoy protection IE the Mediterranian etc.The game has huge areas of Ocean space that is unused,unpatroled and wasted space that does nothing,I think the game needs alot more historical convoy systems represented,which all needs protection,from CP cruisers and submarines.
As for the Pre-dreadnoughts in the German High Seas Fleet,the Deutschland class ships, were to slow 18 knots,for the Dreadnought Battlefleet of 21-23 knots,even Admiral Scheer admitted that it was a tactical error to include these ships in the battlefleet because,they were more of a hindrance than a help,due to their slower max speed.
< Message edited by kirk23 -- 1/11/2013 2:03:45 PM >
Make it so!