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·         Current Edition 4.2

·         Recommended scale 1/600 or 1/1200

·         Complexity: 8/10

·         Level of detail: 7/10

·         Dice required: D10, D6


These rules are designed to fight actions in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. They provide the opportunity to refight skirmishes in the Channel, Mediterranean, Pacific and other coastal waters such as the Baltic, with MTB attacks on Convoys and similar furious engagements.

The ships are split into three Classes for both size and manoeuvrability. Class 1 covers fast ships such as MTBs, Class 2 covers larger vessels of an intermediate size, and Class 3 covers larger ships such as destroyers and merchants.

Play alternates between the two sides, with the initiative winner in each turn deciding who will move first, and he can always move one model last. Movement is split into Phases so that the slowest (Class 3) vessels move first, through Class 2 and to Class 1; after that aircraft are moved. Each of these Phases is completed separately. When a ship is being moved, this can be "challenged" by the enemy using Reaction Fire, though an enemy ship can only be challenged by a single ship, and this happens either before or after the model is moved.

The time scale in the turn is about 40 seconds, and the models move 1cm per knot on the table. The speed that vessels can move is regulated by the concept of Speed Settings, based on 1/4’s of the ship’s speed, and therefore constraining the model’s movement.

During the Shooting Phase the winner of initiative gets to shoot first, then fire alternates between the two sides. The rate of fire of a weapon mount is taken into account, and gun mounts may roll more than 1 dice to hit. Guns with slow rates of fire are penalised and there is some variation in the effectiveness of different gun calibres. Hull Damage and Special Damage is evaluated separately for each hit. Some weapons will not damage the hull but could affect the ship in other ways. You cannot sink a destroyer with a machine gun, but you could suppress the gun crews. Torpedoes are represented by individual tracks, so the player needs to have a good aim and be able to judge the distance to the target.

The rules allow you to hide some ships, if you wish to. These are represented by Contact Markers, which have to be spotted before they can be attacked. You get additional Contact Markers and the chance of this is dependent on the size of the ship, whether it is day or night, and the general weather conditions, among other factors.

The rules also allow for the use of Aircraft, Submarines, Minefields and Armed Merchant ships. The data annexe covers over 250 vessels and 200 aircraft. The vessels included are summarised below. The category "Other types" includes escorts, minesweepers, some destroyers and also other specialised vessels such as German "Raumboote" or Italian and Japanese explosive "speed boats".

Bulgaria: MTBs: 2; Other types:1
France: MTBs: 3; Other types: 2
Finland: MTBs: 7; Other types 1
Germany: S-Boats: 12; Other types: 35; Submarines: 2
Great Britain: "Long" MTBs: 31; "Short" MTBs: 23; Other types: 15; Submarines: 3
Italy: MTBs: 11; Other types: 8; Submarines: 1
Japan: MTBs: 8; Other types: 9; Submarines: 4
Jugoslavia: Other types: 1
Netherlands: MTBs: 2
Poland: MTBs: 2
Romania: MTBs: 1
USSR: MTBs: 7; Other types: 20: Submarines: 5
USA: MTBs: 12; Other types: 16; Submarines: 2
First World War German: 5 vessels
First World War British: 9 vessels
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nn N December 29, 2021 3:06 pm UTC
What ships are included in the data tables? In particular, are Soviet ships included? I've seen conflicting information--your blurb above only refers to "the Channel, the Mediterranean and the Pacific," which would not include Soviet ships. But I've seen that the 2nd Edition included information on Soviet ships?
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Andrew F December 30, 2021 10:31 am UTC
Thanks for the question, also received direct on our email system. Following your question I have updated the product listing to add a summary of the vessels included. In addition your remark about the misleading product info is also very helpful. I will make an appropriate correction in the text both here and on our site.
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Lloyd B June 30, 2014 10:19 pm UTC
I bought the older version of Action Stations, it is in my library. I didn't receive a notice of discount for the 4th edition which I would like to buy. Any thoughts?
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Chris F June 05, 2014 12:48 pm UTC
Any discounts for those of us who have been purchasers and users of the prior edition??
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Andrew F June 10, 2014 10:11 am UTC
That is a very valid question, which we appreciate. The quick answer is YES, and the easiest way is we think for us to contact all the purchasers of the PDF version, via the Vault's mailing system, letting everyone know how to gain the discount. I have not seen any method whereby current owners of a product can get a discount automatically, so it will run by means of a discount code. A customer will have to let us know (direct) their customer number by email. We can then check that they are a user, and set up the discount code through the Vault.
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Andrew F June 10, 2014 10:37 am UTC
Further to my earlier reply of today, we have now sent an email out via the system which does in fact allow a purchase-specific discount to selected customers. You should receive that in your inbox today.
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