WIP – The Jutland Project – Part 5 – British Grand Fleet – The Battle Fleet – The Task

The Grand Fleet - the Battle Fleet. I'd count the number of ships but that may scare me away from painting!

The Grand Fleet – the Battle Fleet. I’d count the number of ships but that may scare me away from painting!

I did warn back when I posted WIP – The Jutland Project – Part 4 – German High Seas Fleet – The Task that the painting task for the Germans was small compared to that of the British.

Today, therefore, I present the second part of the painting task – part of the British fleet! This is main battle fleet and contains the battleships as well as supporting armoured cruisers, light cruisers and destroyers, lots of destroyers.

There are more vessels shown here than is needed for the Grand Fleet but that is because many of the destroyers that will be used by the Battle Cruiser Fleet are contained in packets used for Grand Fleet vessels. It will work out over time as I base them and get them all ready for painting.

Here I have even more basing, raising masts, making sea surfaces and painting do to.

Still, the Battle Cruiser Fleet is mercifully small by comparison. We’ll have a look at that tomorrow.

Free Time

I have some free time coming up in the evenings soon, leastwise before life gets busy again at the office. Actually truth be known, life is busy in the office already, but I need some evening downtime.

I am therefore planning already what I will do next. First cab off the rank is to watch some of the India vs Australia cricket game tomorrow with an Indian friend and some form of amber coloured bubbly libation. Sunday will be the final.

Friday night however will be sorting the rest of the Jutland project fleet. I think then I should finish the aircraft for the modern fleets before starting on the basing, undercoating and creating naming labels for the Jutland fleets.

Next week, well, that will be the Jutland stuff along with resisting the urge to buy any Napoleonics. I’ve almost finished Simon Scarrow’s four part historical fiction covering Wellington and Napoleon and it is tempting to start building armies – must resist!

Lastly, I think I might play a board game next week as well as get in touch with Vladimir, a local here, who wants to try DBA. We can play DBA!

Yep, that should keep me nicely busy until Easter at least. The next question is what to do over the Easter break.

WIP – The Jutland Project – Part 4 – German High Seas Fleet – The Task

If you think there is some painting to do in there, wait until I get then British sorted out!

If you think there is some painting to do in there, wait until I get then British sorted out!

After working out the Order of Battle, I thought I would have a look at the painting job to do, in particular, the models for each of the fleets. Some sorting was in order and the results of that are shown in the image.

This is just the German Fleet and it pretty much follows the order of the OOB – battleships across then top row with their supporting light cruisers and torpedo boats falling into the second row. The battle cruisers are in the second row to the right with their supporting light cruisers and torpedo boats.

OK, it looks like I have a fair bit of basing, raising mast, making sea surfaces and painting do to.

Next up, I’ll sort the British fleet.

WIP – The Jutland Project – Part 3 – German High Seas Fleet – The Battle Fleet

After Real Life getting in the way of hobby over the last couple of weeks, I managed get the High Seas Fleet (Hochseeflotte) sorted out. The High Seas Fleet was the main fleet of the Imperial German Navy. The fleet was created in February 1907 after the renaming of the Home Fleet (Heimatflotte).

Following is the Order of Battle for the High Seas Fleet:

German High Seas Fleet

III Battle Squadron I Battle Squadron
5th Division
6th Division
1st Division
2nd Division
SMS König SMS Kaiser SMS Ostfriesland SMS Posen
SMS Grosser Kurfürs SMS Kaiserin SMS Thüringen SMS Rheinland
SMS Kronprinz SMS Prinzregent Luitpold SMS Helgoland SMS Nassau
SMS Markgraf SMS Fredrich der Grosse SMS Oldenburg SMS Westfalen
II Battle Squadron  IV Scouting Group (Light Cruisers)
3rd Division
4th Division
SMS Stettin
SMS Deutschland SMS Hannover SMS München
SMS Hessen SMS Schlesien SMS Hamburg
SMS Pommern SMS Schleswig-Holstein   SMS Frauenlob
SMS Stuttgart
Light Cruiser broad pendant Torpedo-Boats SMS Rostock
I Torpedo-Boat Flotilla III Torpedo-Boat Flotilla
SMS G39 SMS S53
I Torpedo-Boat Half-Flotilla V Torpedo-Boat Half-Flotilla VI Torpedo-Boat Half-Flotilla
SMS G40  SMS V71 SMS S54
SMS G38  SMS V73 SMS V48
SMS S32  SMS G88 SMS G42
V Torpedo-Boat Flotilla VII Torpedo-Boat Flotilla
SMS G11 SMS S24
IX Torpedo-Boat Half-Flotilla X Torpedo-Boat Half-Flotilla XIII Torpedo-Boat Half-Flotilla XIIV Torpedo-Boat Half-Flotilla
SMS V2 SMS G8 SMS S15 SMS S19
SMS V4 SMS G7 SMS S17 SMS S23
SMS V6 SMS V5 SMS S20 SMS V186
SMS V1 SMS G9 SMS S16 SMS V189
SMS V3 SMS G10 SMS S18
 The Battlecruiser Force
 I Scouting Group (Battlecruisers)  II Scouting Group (Light Cruisers) Light Cruiser broad pennant Torpedo-Boat Flotillas 

SMS Regensburg

SMS Lützow SMS Frankfurt

II Torpedo-Boat Flotilla

SMS B98

SMS Derfflinger SMS Wiesbaden III Torpedo-Boat Half-Flotilla IV Torpedo-Boat Half-Flotilla
SMS Seydlitz SMS Pillau SMS G101 SMS B109
SMS Moltke SMS Elbing SMS G102 SMS B110
SMS Von der Tann SMS B112 SMS B111
SMS B97 SMS G103
SMS G104

VI Torpedo-Boat Flotilla

SMS G41

IX Torpedo-Boat Flotilla

SMS V28

XI Torpedo-Boat Half-Flotilla XII Torpedo-Boat Half-Flotilla XVII Torpedo-Boat Half-Flotilla XVIII Torpedo-Boat Half-Flotilla
SMS V44 SMS V69 SMS V27 SMS V30
SMS G87 SMS V45 SMS V26 SMS S34
SMS G86 SMS V46 SMS S36 SMS S33
SMS S50 SMS S51 SMS V29
SMS G37 SMS S52 SMS S35

OK, so that is now the Order of Battle sorted for both the British and German fleets. Next will be

I’m looking forward to getting some paint on these vessels too.

The next installment of this continuing saga will be sorting the vessels ready for basing and then painting.

Electronics – the second project!

This week's components - somewhat more than last week

This week’s components – somewhat more than last week

I made a red LED flash. The next project was to make a series of 8 LEDs flash – in sequence up and then in sequence down. The programming for this was still simple. It got more complicated when I was playing with the code to make just the green LEDs flash, then just the red. I reprogrammed to all the lights come on, in sequence, then go off again in sequence. That coding was a little more challenging.

The completed project

The completed project

Still, I am learning a bit about circuits and I guess I am halfway back to remembering how to code in C.

Next project I think will have some switch built in, so that I can turn the thing on and off. Each of the circuits gets just a little more complicated as does the coding so it is a good learning process.

And now … watch the little lights flash.

WIP – The Jutland Project – Part 2 – British Grand Fleet – The Battlecruiser Fleet

The Battle Fleet of the GRand Fleet has been identified by its squadrons and flotillas. It is now time for Beatty’s Battlecruiser fleet.

Following is the Order of Battle for the Battlecruiser Fleet part of the Grand Fleet:

British Grand Fleet
The Battlecruiser Fleet

1st Battlecruiser Squadron 2nd Battlecruiser Squadron 5th Battle Squadron 1st Light Cruiser Squadron
 HMS Lion  HMS New Zealand  HMS Barham  HMS Galatea
 HMS Princess Royal  HMS Indefatigable  HMS Valiant  HMS Phaeton
 HMS Queen Mary  HMS Warspite  HMS Inconstant
 HMS Tiger  HMS Malaya  HMS Cordelia
2nd Light Cruiser Squadron 3rd Light Cruiser Squadron Seaplane Carrier
 HMS Southampton  HMS Falmouth  HMS Engadine
 HMS Birmingham  HMS Yarmouth
 HMS Nottingham  HMS Birkenhead
 HMS Dublin  HMS Gloucester
1st Destroyer Flotilla
 HMS Fearless HMS Defender
1st Division
1st Destroyer Flotilla
2nd Division
1st Destroyer Flotilla
 HMS Acheron  HMS Badger
 HMS Ariel  HMS Lizard
 HMS Attack  HMS Goshawk
 HMS Hydra  HMS Lapwing
9th Destroyer Flotilla – attached Harwich Destroyers
1st Division
9th Destroyer Flotilla
 2nd Division
9th Destroyer Flotilla
 HMS Lydiard  HMS Moorsom
 HMS Liberty  HMS Laurel
 HMS Landrail  HMS Morris
13th Destroyer Flotilla
 Flotilla Leader:  HMS Champion
 1st Division
13th Destroyer Flotilla
 2nd Division
13th Destroyer Flotilla
3rd Division
13th Destroyer Flotilla
 HMS Obdurate  HMS Nestor  HMS Narborough
 HMS Nerissa  HMS Nomad  HMS Pelican
 HMS Temagant  HMS Nicator  HMS Petard
 HMS Moresby  HMS Onslow  HMS Turbulent

The Battlecruiser Fleet is now sorted I think. There were less issues with its OOB than there was with the Battle Fleet. The two destroyers, HMS Termagant and HMS Turbulent were attached to then 13th Destroyer Flotilla from the 9th Flotilla, the Harwich force.

I’m looking forward to getting some paint on these.

The next step will be to sort the High Seas Fleet of Germany.

WIP – The Jutland Project – Part 1 – British Grand Fleet – The Battle Fleet

I mentioned somewhere before that one of the wargame projects I was planning for 2015 was to paint both the Grand Fleet and the High Seas Fleet from the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht in the German). Rather than chasing up the history of the battle as there are quite a number of books concerning this battle, I thought, that as this was a fairly well-known and studied battle, I would start with getting the Order of Battle of both fleets worked out.

Now that turned out to be a challenge. So far, I think I have sorted the British Grand Fleet although I must admit that part of the order is a little confusing. There are four destroyers, namely HMS Shark, Acasta, Christopher, and Ophelia. These four vessels are sometimes listed in the 4th Destroyer Flotilla and at other times attached to the 3rd Battlecruiser Squadron as its destroyer flotilla. I am assuming that the latter is the case. I started with the Battle Fleet and have therefore assumed the following Order of Battle for the Battle Fleet part of the Grand Fleet:

British Grand Fleet
The Battle Fleet

 2nd Battle Squadron  4th Battle Squadron
1st Division 2nd Division 3rd Division 4th Division
 HMS King George  HMS Orion  HMS Iron Duke  HMS Benbow
 HMS Ajax  HMS Monarch  HMS Royal Oak  HMS Bellerophon
 HMS Centurion  HMS Conqueror  HMS Superb  HMS Temeraire
 HMS Erin  HMS Thunderer  HMS Canada  HMS Vanguard
1st Battle Squadron
6th Division 5th Division 3rd Battlecruiser Squadron Attached Light Cruisers
attached from Harwich Force
 HMS Marlborough  HMS Colossus  HMS Invincible  HMS Canterbury
 HMS Revenge  HMS Collingwood  HMS Inflexible  HMS Chester
 HMS Hercules  HMS Neptune  HMS Indomitable
 HMS Agincourt  HMS St Vincent Attached Destroyers from the 4th Flotilla
 HMS Shark  HMS Christopher
 HMS Acasta  HMS Ophelia
1st Cruiser Squadron
(Armoured Cruisers)
2nd Cruiser Squadron
(Armoured Cruisers)
4th Light Cruiser Squadron Attached Light Cruisers
 HMS Defence  HMS Minotaur  HMS Calliope  HMS Active
 HMS Warrior  HMS Hampshire  HMS Constance  HMS Bellona
 HMS Duke of Edinburgh  HMS Cochrane  HMS Caroline  HMS Blanche
 HMS Black Prince  HMS Shannon  HMS Royalist  HMS Boadicea
 HMS Comus
4th Destroyer Flotilla
Foltilla Leader:  HMS Tipperary  2nd half-flotilla 4th Destroyer Flotilla
  1st half-flotilla
4th Destroyer Flotilla
Group 8
4th Destroyer Flotilla
 HMS Broke  4th Division
4th Destroyer Flotilla
 HMS Spitfire  HMS Owl  3rd Division
4th Destroyer Flotilla
 HMS Achates
 HMS Sparrowhawk  HMS Hardy   HMS Porpoise  HMS Ambuscade
 HMS Garland  HMS Mischief  HMS Unity  HMS Ardent
 HMS Contest  HMS Midge  HMS Fortune
11th Destroyer Flotilla
 Flotilla Leader:  HMS Castor  2nd half-flotilla 11th Destroyer Flotilla
 1st half-flotilla 11th Destroyer Flotilla  Flotilla Leader:  HMS Kempenfelt
 2nd Division
11th Destroyer Flotilla
3rd Division
11th Destroyer Flotilla
4th Division
11th Destroyer Flotilla
 HMS Ossory  HMS Mystic  HMS Marne  HMS Moon
 HMS Martial  HMS Mons  HMS Milbrook  HMS Mounsey
 HMS Magic  HMS Mandate  HMS Manners  HMS Morning Star
 HMS Minion  HMS Michael
 12th Destroyer Flotilla
 Flotilla Leader:  HMS Faulknor
1st half-flotilla 12th Destroyer Flotilla 2nd half-flotilla 12th Destroyer Flotilla
 1st Division
12th Destroyer Flotilla
 2nd Division
12th Destroyer Flotilla
 HMS Obedient  HMS Maenad  HMS Marksman  HMS Menace
 HMS Mindful  HMS Narwhal  HMS Opal  HMS Munster
 HMS Marvel  HMS Nessus  HMS Nonsuch  HMS Mary Rose
 HMS Onslaught  HMS Noble
 Miscellaneous
 HMS Abdiel
(Minelayer)
 HMS Oak
(Destroyer tender to HMS Iron Duke)

OK,  so that is the Battle Fleet sorted I think. The next major step will be to sort the Battle Cruisers and attending support vessels. Last will be the High Seas Fleet of Germany. The steps after that will be:

  1. Preparing the name tags – both temporary names for under the bases and the permanent names for the sides of bases
  2. Cutting the bases
  3. Adding magnets to the bottom of the bases
  4. Creating a sea surface on the base
  5. painting the Ships and ocean base
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until all vessels painted
  7. Add name tags to the side of the bases
  8. Varnish the vessels
  9. Play a game and swear never to paint so many ships in a project again (of course, that will only last until I paint my World War 2 Pacific stuff – three fleets – US Navy, British and Commonwealth Forces and of course, the Japanese

Anchors aweigh!

The one more project continues – the megalomania strikes!

I mentioned that there was one more project being planned. Doug and I had decided on the American Revolution (or in his case, the American War of Independence), The plan was to purchase a few packets of plastic figures, paint them up and have them ready for battle overChristmas 2015. We decided to each buy a set or two of figures and swap the British and the Americans. We had decided on 2 boxes of Infantry, half a box of artillery and a handful of Indians each. 40mm frontage, rules to be decided!

Doug ordered some Highlanders, Indians, cavalry and the mixed grenadiers and light infantry. He also ordered the Battle of Monmouth Courthouse Revolutionary War from IMEX and some Italeri British Light Cavalry

He was then going to package the americans and half the Indians and send them on so I could get painting – oh, and  half the artillery.

He noted that

As far as I can tell, we will end up with:

British
16 cavalry (+ 1 wounded)
88 usuable british infantry (+ spares) + 4 mounted
16 british grenadiers
16 light company skirmishers
4 guns + 24 figures
42 usable scots figures
24(48) indian figures

American
84 usable militia + 4 mounted
24(48) indians
4 guns + 24 figures

Doug also suggested that I may need a box of French.

I must admit, that I may have misinterpreted his original email because when I ordered some British Infantry to do a paint conversion to French. I also ordered 2 boxes of American War Of Independence – American Infantry from Italeri, an American Revolution War Of The Patriots Set from IMEX and two boxes of IMEX British Redcoats

I would have ordered IMEX Americans instead of Italeri but they were out of stock.

A calculation was made by Doug last night and his email noted:

“You do realise just how many infantry you are going to have? rough count, each box is 50 and the set around 100, so with the ones here, 100, you will have another 100 in the boxed set, another 100 from your two Italeri boxes, and with the Brits painted up as French – you could have up to 150 of those!”

All up, then we will have (approximately):

Redbox Highlanders – 50
Indians – 50
Dragoons – 32
Grenadiers & Lights – 32
16 artillery & crew
Americans – 300
British – 300

So if 50 Brits were used as French … that would be approximately:

American
25 Indians
16 Light Dragoons
50 French Infantry
8 artillery pieces
300 ‘Patriots’

roughly 375 foot

British
25 Indians
16 Light Dragoons
50 Highlanders
32 Grenadiers & Lights
8 artillery
250 Line Infantry

roughly 357 foot

Megalomania indeed!

Yet one more project

OK, Christmas, the odd beer or ten too many, a late night and a brilliant idea. All these items conspired to have Doug and myself decide that we were going to leap into a new period, a new project, in a scale that was at least new(ish) to me and in a medium that apart from World War 2 and the odd aircraft model, neither of us work in.

The image to the right is a pretty good hint.

So, Doug has sent an order off for some appropriate plastic figures in 1.72 scale, and I am in the process of doing the same thing As we hae been buying some sets, there is a period of figure swapping going to occur.

The plan is to shape up for the battle next Christmas, over the aforementioned odd beer or 10 too many!

Just what I needed, another project in the year that I decided to paint the fleets of Jutland!

Still, it is a good book, especially if you have an interest in that period.

Electronics? How hard can it be?

The Kit - all the bits!

The Kit – all the bits!

When I was back in Oz over Christmas I noticed that both Jeffro and Steve were mucking around with some electronics stuff. Now, I’d always had a passing interest. Dad was a plumber and really, electronics can’t be all that different can it? After all, what goes in must come out, mustn’t it?

So, armed with the $89 electronics kit, I started on my road to understanding the vagaries of electronics tonight. It was just a little something to play with after working on a proposal and before sleeping.

And just the bits for the first, albeit simple, project

And just the bits for the first, albeit simple, project

I grabbed the bits I needed.

Now to understand what they were. I needed a diode (red or green). That was easy to find. I also needed a 470 ohm resistor (sounds like I know what I am talking about doesn’t it). Now, resistors have bands of colour on them and the combination of colours tells you what size they are. Fortunately my desk lamp has a magnifying glass in the middle of it so it was easier to determine which were the 470 ohm resistors as compared to the 1K and 10K ones.

And so the assembly begins into the breadboard.

And it's built. Now to muck around with the code that makes it blink

And it’s built. Now to muck around with the code that makes it blink

Now I know this doesn’t look that complicated. Whack the red LED into the breadboard, run a resistor in series from the negative end of the diode, ground all that from the breadboard to the microcontroller board (that’ll be the black wire) and then connect the active (blue) wire from microcontroller header number 13 back to the positive end of the LED.

Plug it in and it should work. To make life simple, the first project is pre-coded into the microcontroller so if everything has been done correctly, then the LED blinks about once a second for a second.

Easy. I then went into the editor that you can download with this kit and started hacking the code around, changing the blink sequence and so on. What appears below is the final output with a half second blink, half second off, one second on and then one second off.

Now I am looking forward to the next project … controlling 8 LEDs (oh, and I have a couple of painting projects coming up as well).