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!

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