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USS Iowa (BB 61)

Miniature text:

"Bristling with Guns, Extended Range 5, Torpedo Defense 1"

  • Collector Number: 27
  • Rarity: R
  • Type: Ship
  • Subtype: Battleship
  • Nation: US
  • Year: 1943
  • Cost: 68
  • Speed: 2
  • Defense: 9 / 15 / 6
  • Attack: M0:18 M1:18 M2:17 M3:15 / 20:6 21:6 22:5 23:0 / A0:9 A1:0 A2:0 A3:0
USS Iowa (BB 61)
written by lonestranger
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General description:
It can be argued this is the 800 lb. gorilla of the US fleet if not the whole game. It has the highest number of dice for the main guns, secondary guns that can fire twice which makes up for tertiary guns, and the extended range 5 really makes this one of the keys of a larger fleet.

The main way I would use it would be as the core of a fleet, trying to snipe at key enemy ships (mainly battleships and carriers) at range to deny the enemy the use of special abilities at least.

Strategies and game play:
Expect this ship to be targeted from turn 1. You can either use it as a large target to deflect fire from other units or try to keep in the fight long enough to recover it's point cost and then some. In either case you're probably going to have ships clustered around this ship.

Combos with other miniatures:
Keep the anti-air cruiser in the same space as the Iowa (sorry I forget the name right now) since it's going to get aircraft attacking it. Also keeping a carrier with nothing but fighters on it to thin out the enemy bombers also helps.

Ways to counteract it:
Subs, subs, subs. Even with the torp protection massed torpedo fire will take it out. Also enough bombers to overwhelm the anti-air defenses will also take it out.

Strong attacks, good armor, and very good range on the guns.

Large target on the battlefield.

Artwork and aesthetics:
The ship look very nice, good bold lines and the turrets swivel very nicely.

Overall rating:
I'm going to give it a 9 out of 10


Modified on June 17, 2013 05:12 am

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Avatar for colringbk
Subject:    Posted: June 14, 2010 07:13 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

Not bad. Its good to see some War at Sea reviews.

I think you are thinking of the USS Atlanta, the cruiser with Antiair Specialist. I would also put a Laffey in the hex nearby, or if you can spare the points, a San Diego.

The problem with the "suggested" points for a standard game is that it is too little, and an Iowa would take up 2/3 of the points. She is definitely a ship for bigger games.

Thanks for writing a review on War at Sea.

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Subject:    Posted: June 30, 2010 11:26 am Reply with quote Report content icon

Nice review, I think you hit the main points except that bombers have a hard time hitting Iowa, maybe you were thinking of torpedo bombers.
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Subject:    Posted: January 4, 2013 09:44 am Reply with quote Report content icon

Well done, you definitely described Iowa. Bristling with guns (literally ) and near impossible to get in close to, unless you're a torpedo bomber or a sub. I also like that you described the actual miniature, and I have to say you're fairly spot-on with that part. All in all, good job!
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