There I was thinking that playing as the Russians would be a leisurely affair. Just send the boys out on patrol and bag a few merchants once in a while to keep the heights above Port Arthur free of the horde. But, oh no, it is nothing like that. This is a bloody slugfest where every task force patrol is inevitably met by the full might of the Japanese oppressor in the form of their shiny new cruisers and battleships.
I have only got to Feb 18th and so far the carnage stands at:
Armored cruiser Iwate
Armored cruiser Asama
The whole of the Port Arthur fleet gone except for a minelayer and two destroyers. I cannot believe Tsessarevitch is gone . She went down gallantly fighting to the last and took Asahi with her.
35 Destroyers/torpedo boats (I think, I have lost count! )
At least two gunboats (never even saw them sink, they just vanished in the fog of war)
It is looking grim brothers! Now I only have around three ships in the Port Arthur area and will have to bring down the remnants of the Vladivostok fleet to patrol the landing areas in Korea. If the Japanese keep up the current pressure with their cruisers and battleships I will be finished before the end of the month. Patrols will have to be fewer and with smaller numbers of ships to reduce losses and try and survive until the Baltic fleet arrives.
Pass me the Vodka someone, the day has been long .............to be continued
Tsesarevitch finishes off the battleship Asahi (and the two cruisers in the background)
Tsesarevitch goes down fighting to the last