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|
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).
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|
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 Navsoure.org|
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 Navsource.org|
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 Navsource.org|
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