Saturday, 20 September 2014

1/3000 US Pre-Dreadnoughts (plus small 40k Imperial Navy update)

Blimey, it's been a while hasn't it. I never intentionally intended to take a break from blogging, but one month became two, two became four. And so on. Thanks to everyone that's checked that all is well, much appreciated indeed, and I'm glad to report all certainly is. 

Anyhoo, I thought I'd share the (not so) Great White Fleet - my 1/3000 pre-Dreadnought ships from the WTJ Store for our games of Battlefleet 1900 (you may have seen some of these on the Palladian Guard blog). These are absolutely lovely miniatures, and a joy to painted - although they frosted a little whilst undercoating so some of the colours are a bit more drab than I intended. But I decided not to worry too much, they're not meant to be looked at close up. 

Why pick the US fleet?
Mostly it's because of the Great White Fleet. It's difficult to imagine (for us Brits at least) the US as the emerging power trying to make its mark on the world stage, but that's exactly what it was at the turn of the 20th century. 
Photo courtesy of US Naval History and Heritage Command
One way they decided to make a mark was the Great White Fleet, assembling a huge fleet that included the most modern warships available and sent it to circumnavigate the globe in a 2 year span. Something about this appealed to me, as did the potential "what if" scenarios - of the fleet or part of it being drawn into a conflict along the way. 

That said, technically most of our games are pre-1906 so my actual fleet composition is based around the European / North Atlantic fleets/squadrons to fit with everyone else's fleets. 

Let's have a look then 
As I said they did frost a little, the easiest to rescue, and which has a colour scheme closest the one I went for is the USS Brooklyn (which is the only "Rapid Prototype Plastic" miniature). However in removed the spraypaint I managed to damage a couple of turrets and gun barrels. 

I decided to go for the peacetime white hull/brown upperworks paint scheme as I rather like it and thought it would look good on the table. It's that simple. 

The sea base is No More Nails (thanls for the tip, Ed) that I sculpted into waves (and half-hearted attempt at a wake/wash). 

USS Alabama
This Illinois-class battleship is the current flagship of my fleet and the only battleship. I would have had the USS Maine and USS Ohio too if I hadn't ordered the wrong Maine from WTJ. What an idiot. 

The real USS Alabama, courtesy of the Naval Historical Center

USS Brooklyn

USS Columbia
This came out more drab that intended, but as it's one of the older ships in the fleet, it kind of makes sense.
Courtesy of

USS Minneapolis
This is the only one I painted the red line at the waterline on, then I decided it didn't quite look right.
Courtesy of

USS New Orleans 
The miniature is the Albany. Originally intended for the Brazilian navy, this was built in Britain (in the Newcastle yards of Armstrong, Mitchell and Co.)
Courtesy of
The Fleet in Review

Not featured here are my 5-boat Destroyer squadron as they are still to be based and 3 Pennsylvania-class cruisers yet to be painted (and rules written for as WTJ's Battlefleet 1900 doesn't include any). More on them soon

Other Nautical News - The Imperial Navy Lieutenant 

This side project has been long in the works (too long), but my glacial hobbying has finally taking a step forward. The Lieutenant has finally started getting his first dash of paint. The blue is a little too... blue, and a bit too patchy at the moment, but hopefully the next coat on the, er, coat, will fix that. That's all for this time folks, thanks for reading

Thursday, 8 May 2014

On the Painting Table: Gripping Beast Normans

Before posting I watched in horror as these miniatures fell to the hardwood floor whilst attempting to move them to a room with better light. Amazingly the paint survived really well bare some small chips (they are still unvarnished), and only three tops of bows had to be re-glued. There's a couple of bits that need fixing properly, so please bear that in mind...

Defence of a Fence
After finishing the Mordheim Freelancer last week, I got cracking with a new project. SAGA was a game that I followed closely before it was released, but somehow never got round to playing it.

I planned to get a Welsh warband back then, but eventually opted for the Normans (I have a bit of a soft spot for the old sods). My 40k Spears of Mawdryn draw some inspiration from the Welsh of this period - so I wanted to go for something a bit different. I've also treated myself to a few Norse Gaels primarily to represent dubious oiks from the Hebrides (Kingdom of the Isles).

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Liebster Award: The worthwhile chain letter

Admiral Drax has very kindly nominated me for a Liebster Award. You're a scholar and gentleman sir!

So what is a Liebster Award? It's essentially a chain letter (but one that's actually worthwhile, I think) where you nominate some blogs you like to get people to go read them. Here are the guidelines:

1: Copy and paste the award on your blog linking it to the blogger who has given it you.
2. Pass the award to your top 11 blogs with less than 200 followers by leaving a comment on one of their posts to notify them that they have won the award and listing them on your own blog.
3. Sit back and bask in the warm fuzzy feeling that comes with knowing you have made someone's day!
4. There is no obligation to pass this onto someone else but its nice if you take the time to do so.


The format has changed slightly since Chris at Sippin' on Paint Water very generously nominated me in 2012. I like that, it's organic. So feel free to alter or ignore any of the sections when re-posting, except the nominations of course, or add your own.

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