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A surprise HMS Shah


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.



The ill-fated HMS Captain



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.




12th century fun

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And in monstrously huge 25mm shock horror…. this is the first time I’ve painted something this big in a good few years. I was pleasantly surprised how quickly they painted up though think they could do with some more detail not too sure, any advice or tips would be very welcome. The miniatures are from tumbling dice and I’m as always very happy with them. Little flash to clean up good variation of miniatures and just the time period I’m looking for mid to late 12th century / early 13th century. I’m aiming to use them for some skirmishing based in the welsh marches, it’s where I grow up so I’ve got a soft spot for the local history. I’m thinking of using saga for the rules I’ve never played them but they sound very fun. Not sure if i can just use the Norman and welsh battle boards or if I’ll have to mod my own

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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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Visit to Duxford spring air show


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 🙂


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


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.