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In 1925, naval analyst and former spy Hector C. Bywater wrote what today would be called a “techno-thriller.” His novel described a hypothetical conflict between Japan and the USA, set in his near future, 1931. His background in naval tactics, ship design, and history made him the perfect person to write the story, which was wildly popular. In addition to being well-written and exciting, he described many advances in naval technology, such as the rise of naval aviation. But his story was also rooted in the past, and included the use of poison gas, and concluded with a Jutland-style clash between the two battle fleets.

            Bob Eldridge, a long time naval miniature wargamer, who is also familiar with both the history and technology of the 1920s and 1930s has transformed Bywater’s novel into scenarios for Command at Sea. The ship statistics include not only real-world units like the pre-war US and Japanese battleships, but also the ships that Mr. Bywater created for the story - the Alaska-class aircraft carriers and the Nagasaki-class supersubmarine.

            In addition to Mr. Bywater’s story, Bob Eldridge has included scenarios for another three campaigns, each taking place at a different time between the wars - 1926, 1932, and 1939, each triggered by a different historical event. These also feature a mix of real-world and hypothetical units, like the US Lexington class, which were laid down as battlecruisers until the Washington Naval Treaty.

            Altogether, the 136-page booklet includes 30 scenarios in four separate campaigns, and is accompanied by rules for using airships and chemical weapons, since gas bombs and shells were used in Bywater's story. Statistics are provided for US and Japanese ships and aircraft extant in the 1920s and ‘30s, as well as the hypothetical units.

            This is not a separate game. It is a supplement designed to be used with the Command at Sea 4th edition miniatures rules, also published by the Admiralty Trilogy Group.

            Bywater's War has been updated to use the 2012 Standard, an improved formula to calculate a ship’s damage points. Please make sure that all ships on both sides in a scenario are using either the older 2006 Standard, or the new 2012 Standard.

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telzy A July 07, 2015 1:35 am UTC
You can buy miniatures from all the ones with Bywater in the title are for this game and then fill the rest in with ww2 models or a few other real ships that were broken up like Amagi, as a battlecruiser or the South Dakota class with 18 inch guns. Afrodi does them in 1/3000 also
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