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 .
First off apologies in the massive gap between posts, I’ve been quite busy. As well as painting a big chunk of this lot I’ve been seeing some friends in different corners of England (manly the very North eastern bit and the east midlands bit) and generally trying to enjoy the great outdoors in-between the bad weather, I’ve had two climbing trips snowed off all ready this year oh well. I’ve also managed to get myself a new job which I’m very excited about starting.
Recently I’ve got in a few games of shipwrecked the first of these made me rebase all my ships on smaller bases. The ground scale just looked really odd with the size of base I was using. I’m much happier now ships aren’t sitting 3NM apart in game scale, it makes it easier for ships to defend each other. The games where all good fun and I think my head now understands the mechanics of the game. Playing theses games has really made me realise how important a good scenario is with modern naval gaming, it’s so easy for a game to just end up being a missile fest (not that isn’t fun) where you can pretty much work out the result based on the first combat turn.
Anyway here are some pictures of my forces so far. I have US, soviet, UK and Danish mostly from the 80s and early 90s. I’ve got a load of 90s and 00s Japanese, Norwegian, UK and German ships arriving soon so that should open up some different games.
As always ships are NAVWAR 1:3000, aircraft cap aero 1:1200
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.
I have a slightly worrying obsession with ottoman ironclads bit odd really as they spent a lot of time tide up on the golden horn rusting due to a ever so slightly paranoid sultan who thought the navy might try to topple him. That said they had some fine ships designed by the likes of Reed, for instance the central battery Mesudiye whose sister was taken in to the royal navy as HMS superb during the Russian war scare.
Here we have the first three ships of my ottoman fleet ready to give those pesky Russians a one two. The miniatures are 1:3000 from Navwar representing Assar-i Tewfik (with the full rig) Feth-i Bulend and her sister Mukaddemi-i Hayir.
Finally got round to starting this task, so far so good but getting consistency has been a bit of a struggle but hay it’s the sea it changes. For my 1:3000 Victorian (there not all pre-dreadnoughts and not strictly speaking ironclads) I’ve opted for a darker sea think it go’s a bit better with the ships
The recipe is (all in GW paints)
1) Vallejo water Effects stippled on with a strip of balsa in lines, this wants to give the base a good covering as this is what I stick the ship to the base with. After doing this bit I put the ship on to the base this naturally gives a bit of a bow wave.
2) Kantor Blue as a base coat
3) Thunderhawk blue as a heavy dry brush
4) Hawk turquoise as lighter dry brush
5) chramite white light dry brush. A line for the bow wave then heavy dry brush in the wake.
6) nuln oil wash all over the base but avoiding bow wave
7)Ardcoat, but not too much
Not a proper how to but hopefully a little helpful. It would be cool to hear what other people use for their bases.
also I’m thinking about rigging these but don’t know if that would look massively wrong with 1:3000 ships especially as they are more in scale then the 1:2400 ones I’ve done. I’m defiantly adding masts to some though.
USS Spruance and RFA Fort George get a fly past from a p-3 Orion. The ships are navwar 1:3000 the aircraft is 1:1200 from Magister Militum. Painting 1:1200 aircraft is a bit of new experience for me and one that I haven’t quite got the hang of yet, so if any one has any technique tips please share them. Also on display here is a kit bashed oil platform which should make a nice objective or target in future games.