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  • #114022
    Jim Jackaman
    Jim Jackaman
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    I’ll be painting these over the next week or so to add some opposition for the French:

    http://jimswargamesworkbench.blogspot.com/2019/04/royal-navy-black-battlefeet-heavy.html

    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!

    #114024
    Jim Jackaman
    Jim Jackaman
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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.

     

    #114042
    MattH
    MattH
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    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.

    #114046
    Jim Jackaman
    Jim Jackaman
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    Hi Matt,

    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?

    #114048
    Jim Jackaman
    Jim Jackaman
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    I might just take a trip down to Pompey and see the real thing. It’s only 40 minutes down the road

    #114049
    MattH
    MattH
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    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.

    #114062
    Jim Jackaman
    Jim Jackaman
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    I haven’t been for years but Warrior is well worth a visit and there are no queues, unlike Victory and Mary Rose.

    #114063
    Jim Jackaman
    Jim Jackaman
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    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.

    #114066

    McKinstry
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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.

    #114094
    Jim Jackaman
    Jim Jackaman
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    Thanks

    How about this:

    Based on this:

    #114166
    Jim Jackaman
    Jim Jackaman
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    That took ages…but it’s now done. I’ll be on to the decks next…..

    #114243
    Jim Jackaman
    Jim Jackaman
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    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.

    #114441
    Jim Jackaman
    Jim Jackaman
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    I’ve spent the weekend blocking in the basic colours, ready for an ink wash tomorrow (phew!):

    #114476
    Jim Jackaman
    Jim Jackaman
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    Started the highlighting but have only got so far today, thanks to painting the kitchen instead

    #114532
    Jim Jackaman
    Jim Jackaman
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    Almost there, just the bases to drybrush, matt varnish and name labels to glue on :

    #114578
    MattH
    MattH
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    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?

    #114585
    Jim Jackaman
    Jim Jackaman
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    Thanks Matt

    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.

    #114656
    Jim Jackaman
    Jim Jackaman
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    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.

    #114757
    Jim Jackaman
    Jim Jackaman
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    All finished…although I had to add another matt varnish coat to dull down the shiny look after I varnished them

     

    #114819
    Fighting Jones
    Fighting Jones
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    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.

    #114836
    Jim Jackaman
    Jim Jackaman
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    Thanks

    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.

    #115218
    Jim Jackaman
    Jim Jackaman
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    I’ve made some simple splash markers, so I’m now ready for a game with the mid-Victorian ‘what if?’ Anglo French ironclads

    #115235
    MattH
    MattH
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    Nice, I need to make some smaller splashes for 1/6000. I’ll definitely be trying your method.

    #115263
    Jim Jackaman
    Jim Jackaman
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    Cheers Matt,

    I’m sure it would work for 1/6000. Just use smaller, thinner screws or even carpet tacks.

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