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  • #114955
    MattH
    MattH
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    This is a project I’ve been wanting to do for years and I finally got round to starting on it. The Pacific War fought in the 1930s, before long range airpower and radar, where the battleship still rules supreme. I’ll be using General Quarters 3 along with the Sudden Storm campaign rules.

    I just finished an epic batch of 98 ships and I’m still waiting on some that were out of stock. The ships are all 1/6000 Figurehead, and although I haven’t painted them yet, I’ll be using 1/1250 aircraft.

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    #114958

    Mr. Average
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    One of my favorite alternate history scenarios! Up there with War Plan Crimson and War Plan Black!

    You paint a mean battleship, man! Lovely work! Nice to see the USAS Akron up there keeping an eye on the Fleet!

    #114959

    Mr. Average
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    Also, at this scale, I’ve seen people print aircraft squadrons onto clear acetate and mount them on flight stands. Might be worth a thought. They could in turn be glued to clear acrylic squares for extra reinforcement. Or for that matter, This could be an interesting option:

    https://www.discountschoolsupply.com/arts-crafts/arts-crafts-kits/craft-kits-projects/shrink-it-sheets—24-clear/p/1333?es=237530000ESC&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6Orbj4-t4gIVlYWzCh2abAwCEAQYBCABEgJmpvD_BwE

    #114961

    Thomaston
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    That’s an impressive view, I really like the battleline and the mat you used, goes nicely with teh base. From the look of the destroyers I’m guessing it’s before 1936?

    Tired is enough.

    #114978
    Jim Jackaman
    Jim Jackaman
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    Outstanding!

    Really looking forward to this. That airship is very cool!

    #114982

    McKinstry
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    Good looking stuff both the painting and the photography. I love the interwar Pacific stuff both the War Plan Orange and the Hector Bywater “Great Pacific War”. Have you looked at the Bywater stuff?

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    #115005
    MattH
    MattH
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    Thanks all

    Also, at this scale, I’ve seen people print aircraft squadrons onto clear acetate and mount them on flight stands. Might be worth a thought.

    Yeah, that would probably have been sensible, but it’s too late now, I’m committed! I have a pile of Fairey Swordfish and Gloster Gladiators which will serve for all the various attack planes and fighters, and some Ki27s to be both A5Ms and P-36 Peashooters.

    From the look of the destroyers I’m guessing it’s before 1936?

    The Sudden Storm campaign is set in 1937, which to be honest is a bit later than I would have liked, but it has all the gunnery and ship charts already done so I’m going with it for now.

    I also have the Admiralty Trilogy Bywater’s War, which is a set of tactical scenarios ranging from 1926 to 1940 so I’ll probably be trying out some of those as well. Another option is Mark Herman’s game Plan Orange, though I’m not sure how well it would translate to miniatures.

    That airship is very cool!

    That’s not just any airship, that’s a flying aircraft carrier. Hardcore airship nerds will harrumph at my substitution of a German Zeppelin, which is a bit too slender for the Akron/Macon, but it’s all that was available.

    I love the interwar Pacific stuff both the War Plan Orange and the Hector Bywater “Great Pacific War”. Have you looked at the Bywater stuff?

    I’ve had it sitting on my Kindle for years and just got round to reading it – I’m about half way through. To be honest it’s a tough read, the prose is so dry it makes Tom Clancy read like Shakespeare, but it’s kind of required reading for this period!

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    #115114

    Thomaston
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    Hmmm F9Cs flying around vs normal carrier planes will be interesting.

    I was expecting Bywater but didn’t spot any of the fictional classes.

    Tired is enough.

    #115122
    MattH
    MattH
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    The only fictional ship in Sudden Storm is the optional USS Stony Point, the flight deck cruiser. I don’t know of anyone who does a model for it in 1/6000.

    Of course the Akron and Macon are kind of fictional, since they were gone by 1937, but the option of having flying aircraft carriers just has to be done.

    #115127

    Mr. Average
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    What about the USS Langley?

    Regardless, I heartily endorse the use of the USAS Akron and Macon. Those are just such wonderfully obsolete ideas not to pursue them.

    #115144
    MattH
    MattH
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    The Langley is a seaplane tender by 1937. There are optional rules for AVs and I haven’t decided whether to use them or not. I do have the model though, so probably will end up using her.

    The US CVs are Ranger, Saratoga and Lexington, while the Kaigun have the CVs Kaga, Akagi and Soryu, and the CVLs Hosho and Ryujo.

    #115153

    McKinstry
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    A Shapeway store called Objects May Appear offers most of the Bywater ships in 1/6000 at:

    https://www.shapeways.com/shops/objects?section=Seaships+1%3A6000&s=0&page%5Bnumber%5D=3&page%5Blimit%5D=48&page%5Border%5D=asc

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig just likes it.

    #115197
    MattH
    MattH
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    Oh cool, thanks. I was aware of Objects May Appear but for some reason I thought they were only in 1/2400.

    #115927
    hammurabi70
    hammurabi70
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    Great photographs.  What are the specs for the camera?

    #115948
    MattH
    MattH
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    It’s a Canon 550D with a Sigma 18-200mm lens, on a tripod and using self timer to prevent wobble.

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