More Victorian iron and steam


The rebasing and general adding to the Victorian fleets continues. This week some royal navy iron manly from the period between the mid 1870’s and late 1880’s, this was a good time for battleship development including the successful Admiral class and the not so successful Conqueror class. And my personal favorites Inflexible and Ajax, inflexible was a real leap forward including a lot of steam powered auxiliary equipment and electric 800-volt d.c generators. The not so successful Conqueror had the small problem that her 12in guns could not be fired within 45 degrees of the bow or abaft the beam because of the damage to her they would do but still an interesting ship to game with. Not lease because as she was designed as a ram how do you close with an enemy you can’t fire at head on, a good puzzle to experiment with.



Also out of the docks is the reed designed Turkish Mesudiye a powerful central battery ironclad of 1875. Mesudiye went on to have a long life, as many of the Turkish ironclads did until sunk in 1914 by a royal navy submarine.




This week the rebasing continues, I’m working towards a few games with them this weekend so there will probably be a battle report or two over the next few weeks. As well as working on these I’ve kicked off on the 1:2400 tumbling dice British ironclads, starting with the massive broadside ironclad HMS Minotaur, so some pics of them soon to.


About benjaminwalton

I'm a 27 year old wargamer originally from Pendock Worcestershire. I now live in Kingston and work as an architect in Teddington lock. I've been in to wargaming since I was about 9, starting with airfix and revell plastic figures then moving on to games workshop. I'm now manly in to historical naval gaming but I'll play whatever looks like good fun.

2 responses to “More Victorian iron and steam”

  1. Rewpert says :


    What do you use for your gaming surface? It’s fantastic and merges so well with the ships – would love somthing minibar myself.


    • benjaminwalton says :

      Thanks glad you like it. Its ply wood board painted with acrylic paint mixed with pva glue to get a wave texture, I then used gloss blue tile paint to get the colour and reflection. Then I added a black wash for shading and to bring out the texture. After this I dry brushed some light blue and then white dry to pick out the waves. Hope that helps

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