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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.



Next is the HMS Warrior




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.


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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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


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


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





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.


Interesting find at salute



I saw this on the westwind stand at salute and was intrigued. Apparently they are going to be bringing out a range of scenery modelled on the battle of Copenhagen. It’s supposed to be available this summer and I for one can’t wait, it looks like it will be perfect for use with my 1:2400 scale ships.

Anglo Dutch wars ships

I thought i would post some pictures of a few of my Anglo Dutch wars ships. The miniatures are from Navwar and where painted quite quickly. I don’t think I’ve ever seen any pictures of their Dutch wars to Seven years war range on the internet, so I hope someone finds this useful. The ships are brilliant for the price, admittedly the quality does very a bit through the range but some of them really are little gems. I would recommend going to their shop to see them in the metal before you order on mass.They don’t really mix with Langton’s range which are highly detailed models With a completely different style to modelling the hull shape.  the Navwar ships work well on the gaming table and give a good effect on mass. And as far as I no they’re the only company that makes the later wars of the Spanish succession ships

The ships in the photos are the royal Charles and the prince for the English, the eendracht and the liefde for the Dutch. The flags are made out of green stuff and the bases out of Super Sculpey.