I have been working a little on two of the Fujimi ships as well as the equivalent Navwar vessels, getting them ready for paint in between bouts of coughing, sneezing, sleeping and putting up with a nose running like Usain Bolt. The Fujimi vessels came from Hobby Link Japan. The metal vessels are Navwar. The vessels are the carrier Shōkaku and the battleship Yamato. They have been attached to bases and the start of a sea surface added. I will get around to painting later this week or early next week.
A friend here (hi Servillano) put me on to Fujimi’s 1/3000 ships. Now, having a sizeable collection of Navwar 1/3000 vessels plus some from War Times Journal, I was curious to see how Fujimi’s efforts stacked up. Now up front I will admit the GHQ’s 1/2400 vessels are the crème de la crème of model vessels around this scale however Navwar provide, in my opinion, a better value for money being considerably less expensive than GHQ.
Fujimi adds another dimension. For a coupe of thousand Yen, I could pick up the 5th Carrier Division consisting of the carriers Shōkaku and Zuikaku as well as 6 destroyers. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves:
I will of course display both again after painting but clearly the plastic from Fujimi has greater detail. It also has deck decals to add later 😁
Lastly, I also picked up a second box that contained a Yamoto. Unassembled, the Navwar and the Fujjimi Yamoto’s, side by side:
It has been a mixed month. A longer than planned enforced stay in Australia waiting for the alignment of the juggernauts that are the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Australia Post, to return a new passport to me has meant that I have only spent a few days working on my hobbies. So, what have I achieved this month so far?
Last year I had ordered some Poles to provide an opponent for my Cold War Commander Danes, so started work on those in January, getting them ready for some paint (that is the army off to the right there).
Of course, feeling bored, I was glancing through an Heroics and Ros catalogue and decided that I should upgrade the armour in both armies so an order went off to Heroics and Ros for 12 Leopard 1 tanks for the Danes and 12 T-72M tanks for the Poles. I’m a wargamer, I plead guilty to being addicted to buying more figures. I expect the reinforcements to arrive any week now.
I also ordered some more ships early in January while sitting in Oz at mum’s waiting for the passport to arrive. In the fleet order are some World War 1 Russian vessels, a Soviet modern fleet and XXXXXX <– OK, so I can’t remember the third fleet.
I also have the JGSDF type 74 tank (1/72 scale model) sitting on my work bench. I have started to work on that as well.
Lastly, in January, I managed to finish reading a few books and had them up for review here. So, not a bad effort overall. February target is less beer, lose weight, more hobby!
I had purchased some figures from Ros and Heroics to make up a Polish Army circa 1975 to use with the Cold War Commander wargame rules.
Can you spot the error?
I ordered artillery but neglected to order artillery crews.
While I was not planning on buying figures this year except, for the few ships I bought for my Christmas present, I had to purchase artillery crew.
Well it would be rude to just order artillery crew so I decided to do what any self-respecting western government do, and that is to upgrade my armed forces.
I ordered my artillery crew and then ordered some T-72M to upgrade the Poles from 1970 to 1990 standards.
Of course this would mean that the Danes (pictured on the left) needed to have some additional firepower as well to have a chance against the Poles. I therefore ordered 12 Leopard 1s to even things up again.
I can now bring both armies up to 1990 standards from about circa 1970.
This is now the first painting project for 2018 – to finished both armies.
I am looking forward to this painting, but the first steps for the Poles will be to get them on bases, then add some sand to the bases. undercoat, probably in dark brown, then crack on with the painting.
Of course, a wargamer does not need an excuse to purchase more figures, I mentioned I have an order for some ships on the way to Manila from Navwar. It occurs to me as well that the ZSU-57-2 was replaced in Polish service with the ZSU-23-4 “Shilka” in this period so there will need to be an additional order soon.
The Wargamer’s Dilemma – buying more lead means painting more lead and researching more troop types which leads to buying more lead!
A number of posts have been floating around the Internet recently about a game called Cod Wars, set in the period of the Royal Navy’s losses to the plucky Icelanders. The game was developed by David Manley, run at Salute this year and there is a write up on his blog, Don’t Throw Bloody Spears at Me! This had me reading about the Cod Wars. The Cod Wars led on to the Turbot Troubles of Newfoundland (and I learned a lot about Newfoundland’s political history at the same time). All this then naturally enough led to the Lobster War.
Briefly, [from Wikipedia] the Lobster War (also known as Lobster Operation) is a name given to a dispute over spiny lobsters which occurred from 1961 to 1963 between Brazil and France. The Brazilian government refused to allow French fishing vessels to catch spiny lobsters 100 miles off the Brazilian northeast coast, arguing that lobsters “crawl along the continental shelf”, while the French sustained that “lobsters swim” and that therefore, they might be caught by any fishing vessel from any country. The dispute was resolved unilaterally by Brazil, which extended its territorial waters to a 200-mile zone, taking in the disputed lobsters’ bed.
There was, however, two fleets mobilised and involved and it could have got nasty. Best reason yet for this as a project however is the chance to use some 1960s naval technology and by 1960s I mean anything from about 1942 onward. The competing fleets were the Brazilian and French Fleets. The Brazillians utilised:
- Ipiranga (V17) – a corvette
- Paraná (D29) – a Fletcher class destroyer
- Babitonga Pará (D-27) – a Fletcher class destroyer
- Acre (D 10) – a destroyer
- Araguari (D-15) – a destroyer
- Greenhalgh (D 24) – a destroyer
- Almirante Barroso (C-11) – a cruiser
- Tamandaré (C-12) – a cruiser
- Minas Gerais – an aircraft carrier
- Riachuelo (S15) – submarine
- 1 Squadron of B-17 maritime patrol aircraft
- 1 Squadron of P-15
- 4 x P-16 Tracker
Arrayed against this formidable force were the French forces offshore Brazil and the west coast of Africa:
- Offshore Brazil:
- Tartu (D636) – escort vessel (I guess like a frigate)
- Paul Goffeny – despatch boat
- Offshore West Africa:
- Clemenceau – aircraft carrier
- De Grasse – cruiser
- Cassard (D623) – escort vessel
- Jauréguiberry – escort vessel The Picard – destroyer
- Le Gascon – destroyer
- L’Agenais – destroyer
- Le Béarnais – destroyer
- Le Vendéen – destroyer
- La Baise A625 – tanker
What’s not to like about this – could make for some fun wargaming. Now to hunt up my Navwar catalogue!
And this is the last of the vessels that need to be painted. The battle cruisers and their supporting vessels.
Many of the destroyers for this fleet are photographed with the Grand Fleet so the painting load here does not look as large as it may have done.
Next off – getting the labels and bases prepared.
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.
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.
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|
|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)|
|SMS Deutschland||SMS Hannover||SMS München|
|SMS Hessen||SMS Schlesien||SMS Hamburg
|SMS Pommern||SMS Schleswig-Holstein||SMS Frauenlob|
|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 Lützow||SMS Frankfurt||
II Torpedo-Boat Flotilla
|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|
VI Torpedo-Boat Flotilla
IX Torpedo-Boat Flotilla
|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.
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 Destroyer Flotilla
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|
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
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.