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Really looking forward to this. That airship is very cool!
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.
All finished…although I had to add another matt varnish coat to dull down the shiny look after I varnished them
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.
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.
Almost there, just the bases to drybrush, matt varnish and name labels to glue on :
Started the highlighting but have only got so far today, thanks to painting the kitchen instead
I’ve spent the weekend blocking in the basic colours, ready for an ink wash tomorrow (phew!):
On foot. Victorian explorer style…
It would mean adapting and/or simplifying the systems from Saurian Safari using D6 instead of %.
I’d probably just work out a whole new thing as it would be easier.
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.
That took ages…but it’s now done. I’ll be on to the decks next…..
How about this:
Based on this:
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.
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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.
I might just take a trip down to Pompey and see the real thing. It’s only 40 minutes down the road
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?
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.
Looking forward to more already
The white base coat is to make sure the sand is opaque enough but won’t need more than one coat to cover up the underlying green. It’s only going on where there’s sand on top, leaving the rest green.
I’m going for a sand and light green camo pattern, so the green will just go straight over the base coat.
Got some new paint for my British vehicles (it’s French but pretty spot on for what I’m aiming for)
The idea is to block the sand areas in white over the green basecoat, then overpaint with the sand. The green areas will just be overpainted directly. Then I’ll add highlights.
I’ll do a wash too but not sure if I should do it before or after the over painting / blocking in?
That was a very interesting game…loads of twists and turns. Nice terrain too.
I was asked via the blog to do a write up of my painting method for the 1/2400th scale ironclads, so thought I’d post it here too, just in case it’s of use:
1.Clean up and assemble the models, using gel superglue to fix all the parts in place, including the sea base.
2.Glue the completed model to a 20mm wide laser cut mdf base leaving a space at the stern to attach a label.
3.Spray undercoat with Halfords Satin black car paint.
4.Basecoat the entire base with Vallejo Dark Sea Blue or similar.
5.Basecoat the Sails with Army Painter Skeleton Bone.
6.Basecoat the Masts and Spars with Vallejo Flat Earth.
This is what they look like at Stage 6.
7.Basecoat the Decks with Vallejo US Field Drab (working around the deck features)
8.Drybrush the Ratlines with Vallejo London Grey.
9.Paint the boot topping, boats, deck features and funnel with Vallejo Matt White.
10.Paint the funnels Vallejo Yellow Ochre.
11.Ink Wash – I used an equal three part mix of GW Nuln Oil, Seraphim Sepia and Chestnut Ink.
12.Highlight the Sails with 50:50 Vallejo Pale Sand and Army Painter Skeleton Bone.
13.Highlight the Decks with Vallejo US Tan Earth.
14.Highlight the funnel with a wash of GW Cassandra Yellow Ink.
15.Pick out the inside of the ship’s boats with Vallejo Flat Earth.
16.Tidy up with a fine brush and Vallejo Black.
17.Paint the bases with Foundry Union Blue, followed by a drybrush of Union Blue Light and Vallejo Deep Sky Blue.
18.Paint the wake and bow wave with Vallejo Matt White.
19.Varnish with artist’s Matt Varnish applied with a brush (this actually gives a satin finish).
20. Glue on the name label with PVA.
Try naval wargaming for solo. Quick to set up and take down and easy to play without an opponent.
Incidentally, aside from the Tumbling Dice coastal forts, does anyone make any coastal terrain and fortifications in 1/ 2400 scale? Something like the Brigade Models 1/1200th scale stuff would be really useful!
I’m assembling some extra British warships at the moment including HMS Devastation and HMS Scorpion and HMS Wivern, although the last two are in the post. That would give me a squadron of 15 ships, more than enough for some Anglo French ‘what if? scenarios.
It was your nudging and your pictures of your naval exploits that gave me the impetus to get them painted up.
That’s what persuaded me to replace all the sails with wire for the 1864 ships. If you look at contemporary prints, sketches and paintings they nearly always show any sails have been struck down not just furled, which makes a lot of sense if you are using steam power to manoeuvre.
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I have some Danish and Prussian ships with wire yard arms made from cut dowe staples. They worked better than the furled sails from TD and look more like the contemporary pictures. I haven’t tried painting them yet but I bet they would be a lot easier without the sails in place like the French ships.
I regret not being able to go so often but needs must. I also get so far out of the loop that it’s difficult to fit back in.
I’ve also found I’m more productive on my own when I’m not jumping on other peoples’ bandwagons but just do what I’m interested in.
They’re all Tumbling Dice, except for the scratch built ones.
Oh and I will also never play competition games, although there’s a strong following at the club for FOG.
Solo mainly but also at the local club on a now and again basis. Tuesday is club night but for the last couple of years it’s also been the kids rugby and gymnastics night, so kids have come first. I also occasionally play games with the kids but they have lost interest as they’ve got older.
Any ideas for attaching ensigns on to these? I may just glue them onto the back edge of the sails?