05/05/2019 at 09:35 #114022
I’ll be painting these over the next week or so to add some opposition for the French:
These are the ‘big guns’ but there are turret ships, coastal defence craft, rams and frigates to follow.
I’ve also added a third Minotaur class broadside ironclad to the squadron…not looking forward to painting all the sails!
05/05/2019 at 09:51 #114024
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I’m assuming the following (please correct me if I’m wrong)
Masts and spars – buff yellow
Funnels – yellow
Boot topping – white
Hulls – black
I’ve also read that masts could be white or even black e.g. HMS Northumberland.05/05/2019 at 12:42 #114042
Whatever you do, don’t use mine as a painting guide! I got the buff colour completely wrong, it should be a lot less yellow, almost an orangey-brown colour. I will be repainting them at some point.
If you don’t have it, I recommend getting a copy of the Osprey British Ironclads 1860-75.05/05/2019 at 13:34 #114046
Got that already but the images are so small its not much help. My othere sources – Ballard, Conways etc – are mostly in black and white or line drawings so not much help.
I’m going to rummage in my paint rack for suitable colours. I think some of the Foundry shades might be not far off?05/05/2019 at 13:36 #114048
I might just take a trip down to Pompey and see the real thing. It’s only 40 minutes down the road05/05/2019 at 13:59 #114049
Good idea, I’ve been to Portsmouth a few times but for some reason I’ve never actually been on the Warrior. I keep meaning to head down that way and visit the new Mary Rose hall too.05/05/2019 at 21:37 #114062
I haven’t been for years but Warrior is well worth a visit and there are no queues, unlike Victory and Mary Rose.05/05/2019 at 21:42 #114063
This is what I’m basing my painting scheme on:
Due to the scale effect, I’ll probably make the stack more yellow and use a canvas shade for the sails, rather than the whiter colour in the picture. The masts are pretty much spot on for the look I’m after, however.
06/05/2019 at 01:23 #114066
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I’ve had good results with a Testors Marine Ochre but I don’t know if that range is still available. Whatever you decide, based on your French, they will look darn good and I’m anticipating the Batreps.
Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.06/05/2019 at 11:16 #114094
How about this:
Based on this:07/05/2019 at 20:07 #114166
That took ages…but it’s now done. I’ll be on to the decks next…..08/05/2019 at 20:14 #114243
Just done a test run on the light brown shade for the masts etc, using a frigate and sloop as a test bed. It looks a bit messy at the moment but that will be cleaned up after I’ve washed them, once all the blocking in is done. I think the colour is OK though. I’ll add a highlight later too.12/05/2019 at 21:49 #114441
I’ve spent the weekend blocking in the basic colours, ready for an ink wash tomorrow (phew!):13/05/2019 at 20:50 #114476
Started the highlighting but have only got so far today, thanks to painting the kitchen instead14/05/2019 at 19:03 #114532
Almost there, just the bases to drybrush, matt varnish and name labels to glue on :15/05/2019 at 18:20 #114578
Lovely job, Jim! You’ve really captured the feel of the period. I notice the paddle steamer has furled sails – does the model come like that, or did you convert it?15/05/2019 at 21:07 #114585
The paddle frigate has spars from the Tumbling Dice accessories range but is supplied with sails.
I’m sure you could get spars instead if you asked Paul nicely?
I wanted to try them out to see what they looked like, so I thought a paddler would be the most appropriate option.16/05/2019 at 16:56 #114656
Here’s the next lot on the workbench this weekend, although I need to paint the bases on the other ones first. It’s a mixed flotilla of turret ships, rams and a single broadside ironclad.18/05/2019 at 19:21 #114757
All finished…although I had to add another matt varnish coat to dull down the shiny look after I varnished them19/05/2019 at 23:58 #114819
These look really fantastic.
Are you working towards any particular Squadron or engagement, or are you assembling a more generic British fleet?
The paddle frigate with the furled yards is particularly attractive. I really must give it a go myself. Have you experimented with cutting down the mizzen mast at all?
FJ.20/05/2019 at 09:55 #114836
These are all for a ‘what if?’ Anglo-French naval conflict c1870 or so, for which I’ve already played a couple of try out games with Broadside and Ram.
The plan is to work out something more structured and run series of linked games as a mini-campaign (solo at the moment but possibly at the local club too)
The furled sails are from the TD accessories set and are really easy to use but I haven’t tried the mizzen mast surgery as it would be pretty difficult.
I may have a go at some point but I’m now concentrating on rigging them….which may also be quite fiddle.24/05/2019 at 22:26 #115218
I’ve made some simple splash markers, so I’m now ready for a game with the mid-Victorian ‘what if?’ Anglo French ironclads25/05/2019 at 12:29 #115235
Nice, I need to make some smaller splashes for 1/6000. I’ll definitely be trying your method.25/05/2019 at 18:23 #115263
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