Just a quick post to show some of my French pre-dreadnoughts I have a small but growing fleet of these. The ships pictured are tame by the French standards of the time, hopefully I’ll get some of the more weird and wonderful offerings up on here soon.
I think this period of naval architecture is fascinating, it’s packed full of experiments and oddities. Torpedoes, rubber armour, water jet propulsion see HMS Waterwitch, rams and various odd looking turret combinations (most of which did varying degrees of damage to their own ship when fired) to name but a few. There is also plenty of scope for the wargamer even if the period was in realty relatively peaceful at sea. With all the political tension and posturing offering up plenty of might have been engagements and scenarios between the big powers at sea.
The models are all Navwar and 1:3000