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A surprise HMS Shah

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A little while ago I received a surprise miniature from Paul at tumbling dice. He had made me HMS Shah, it really was a happy surprise to receive this miniature. Here she is facing down the Huascar who she fought with on the 29th of May 1877. To be honest not much came out of the engagement but a torpedo was fired by the Shah. HMS Shah was designed by Reed, the Shah had an unarmoured iron hull which was wooden sheathed.

Massive thanks to Paul for this brilliant surprise.

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The ill-fated HMS Captain

 

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I ‘am still alive and painting, just painting time is eating in to blog time…..

So here is a quick post of the latest’s ships of the paint table HMS captain, an unfortunate but appealing design, appealing from a cool steam punk point of view that is.

The miniature is 1:2400 from tumbling dice.

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Mixed bag of painted ships… mostly 1:2400

 

I went down to the games night at the stains war gaming club last night had two great games of wings of war (must resist new shiny things) and a load of fun! I’ll be off down there again soon.

Off the paint table t his week is a mix of Victorian iron and 17th century elegance.

First is HMS Hotspur a bit off a flop historically but I like her.  She was designed as a ram to go in to battle with the fleet but could only make 12.6 kts Warrior made 14 kts….. And no that’s not a turret it’s an armed box with four ports for the one 12in MLR, still an interesting ship.

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Next is the HMS Warrior

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USS Indian at 1:3000 from NAVWAR, the fist of my US pre dreads. Fascinated by these since I went to the museum in Havana and saw a massive model of the battle of Santiago and had no idea what it was.

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And finally a English galley frigate from the late 17th century  1:2400 from tumbling dice. Looking forward to seeing how she works in a game, could be interesting .

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Visit to Duxford spring air show

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Recently went to Duxford spring air show with my dad. It was a great day out that I would recommend to anyone. Highlights include seeing a B17 flying with P51 and P47, seeing a sabre flying and a B29 in the museum. Here are some pics.

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And a quick update on my Victorian 1:2400….. project its steaming on nicely 🙂

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I’ve got lots of projects tempting me at the mo, some all ready started some in the pipe line. And the trip to Duxford hasten helped… I’m thinking 50s cold war or possibly the air side of the very British civil war, I’ve got a soft spot for 1930 RAF aircraft.

Yet more 1:2400 goodness

Sorry for the absence of posts I’ve been settling in to a new job and off on a few climbing trips so not much time for blogging… but lots of time in the mornings for painting still. Here is a 100 gun late 17th century English ship of the line, 1:2400 by tumbling dice. These are coming together well I’ve got two more ships from this period nearly completed. Which is good as I’m being tempted back in to painting moderns 🙂 and my Romano Brits are also looking at me funny.1

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I’ve also been busy on my 1:2400 ironclads, finishing off HMS Monarch. HMS Monarch was Reed’s successful fully-rigged turret ship. The arguments surrounding her design led to the catastrophically unsuccessful Captain pushed for by Coles.3

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A bit of scale

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A few people have asked about how big the 1:2400 Anglo Dutch ships are. Here is a rather dodgy photo to illustrate their size, they are a 70 and 100 gun ship.

Another new naval project

 

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Yup I know I all ready have Anglo Dutch wars ships but their all 1:1200 and 1:2400 where it’s at 🙂 plus I’ve turned two of these smaller guys around so far this week, it takes me double the time to get one 1:1200 off the painting table and I’m particularly inspired by the paintings of the massed battles of the period so I’m going for volume of ships, and that’s where 1:2400 wins it for me.

 

So here is the first ship off the paint table a 70 gun English ship of the red squadron. My force is going to center on the second Anglo Dutch war and I might aim for the order of battle from Lowestoft or at least use that as a guide to the mix of ships the later probably being much more logical and sensible.

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As for rules I have tiller and whipstaff from Mr Langton and grate ships by Mr Manley, but I’m quite interested in the concepts in the general at sea set. The idea of using bases of ships as you would in say a land based rules set seems to me a good way of representing the scale of these battles. If anyone has any thoughts on these rules sets that would be interesting to hear.

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