"Alone of the Scandinavian nations, Denmark has managed to retain its independence in the face of three mighty neighbours; the Prussian Empire, the Kingdom of Britannia and the Russian Coalition. By a combination of careful diplomacy and stout local military power, the Kingdom of Denmark endures these threats and stills stands proud today."
|The Danish Fleet|
Newly released at the end of last year, the Kingdom of Denmark became more than the old allies of the Prussian Empire and a playable nation in their own right. A fan of the Skagerrak-class Gunship and the Korsor-class Minelayer initially released with Storm of Steel, it was an easy decision for me to snap up the new box and get painting!
|The evolution between the different ship classes is striking|
Most importantly, it must be recognised that all the ships have Mines and Battleship-strength turrets to go with their excellent speed and low armour. This is a Glass Hammer of a fleet - fast and hard hitting, but not ready for any form of concentrated counter-attack.
For Boarding shenanigans, consider a Reinforced Cruiser Squadron with one Skagerrak and two Sigurds. The UPG cripples the enemy ship, and the sixteen AP move in for the kill.
|Ragnarok-class Pocket Battleship|
|Fafnir-class Light Airships with their TFT complements|
They each bring with them four TFTs, adding to the twelve the fleet usually brings with it due to Local Air Superiority. These little bastards, if taken as Fighters, have More Machine Guns, which translates as More Dead Flying Things. Take these guys if your opponents like to run a few flyers and rule the skies! A Danish Fleet with two Airships will sit pretty with five wings of TFTs, more than most fleets outside of the Ottoman Empire.
The fleet was painted over the Christmas period in about two weeks, and though I must admit it is not my best work, I find the simple scheme stark and effective. The flat grey hulls was taken from my Prussian fleet; I wanted them to match visually so took the base colour and simply kept highlighting up instead of adding the camouflage. To make them pop and add something a bit more interesting to the palette, I made every ship far more weathered than my usual Dystopian Wars vessels - huge build ups of rust and dripping pipework. Orange has become the spot colour for the fleet! I justified this by thinking the Danish were probably on the receiving end of Russian aggression for a great deal of time, and were almost constantly on a war footing.
I painted a small Danish flag on the side of the Battleship to break up the large expanse of grey hull, while the TFTs were also painted red and white to act as a contrast to the fleet; an effect I am very happy with. I think the TFTs are my single favourite part of the fleet - great little models!
INITIAL GAMING IMPRESSIONS
- Learn to use Mines - you have access to far too many Mines not to use them
- Incredible Turret Strength - Close Gunnery on a Battleship turret make them match if not beat Russians in the close range bands
- Fantastic Speed and Manoeuvrability - some of the fastest ships (for their class) you can find without resorting to Generators. Sharp Turn is also a neat trick
- Average/Poor Auxiliary Statistics - watch out for rockets and torpedoes
- Low Armour - without access to other forms of defence, Danish ships will hurt if they get hit
- Mixed Points Spread - cheap Corvettes and Cruisers, but expensive Gunships and Light Airships. Makes sure your fleet is balanced to make the best of the situation
Hit hard, hit fast, hit first. If they get you, you will not survive. Regardless, not all your ships will make it into that sweet spot where the guns hurt the most and the Mines start exploding, so make sure you screen well, use the manoeuvrability and speed of the ships to protect yourself and force your opponent to target the ships you don't mind losing.
The Danes carry a steep learning curve, perhaps steeper than any other fleet. Use them well, and your opponent will weep at the sight of how many dice you're piling up. Mess up, and the Danes will not forgive you; your fleet will be sunk before you can begin to enjoy yourself.
This INITIAL IMPRESSIONS has hopefully shown some of the interesting gimmicks the Danish bring to the table. They are a cagey fleet to play, but a lot of fun. An equally in-depth article was done by Reese over at Element 270, and was the inspiration for this article. Check it out, and his impressive painted fleet, which I think he painted even faster than I did mine! Hopefully he won't mind me treading on his toes.
Thanks for reading,