What’s Next?

I hear you say.

After a stressful week or two where I have not painted (probably adding to my stress), I have, however, in the quieter moments been considering the next wargame project ((other than completing the basing on the ACW and John’s French WW1 fleet – yes John, they are about the painting table now)).

I was thinking about a DBMM army. I really liked the pictures of the Khurasan Miniatures I had seen but he’s taken the website off-air for a few weeks. I was thinking Kushan, or Khurasanian or even something South American. I also considered increasing my Koguryo Koreans to DBMM size. The Alain Touller Figurines are really quite nice. Lastly I have been considering something South-East Asian – Javanese and the like.

I was also thinking about my Peru-Bolivia-Chile project in 10mm. That seems quite an attractive proposition at the moment although I would need to write some rules.

What I finally decided on is Aeronefs. I have ‘nefs and Aerostats to paint. I have 2mm terrain pieces to fly over. I have always wanted a train set and I know where I can get a 2mm train. As for terrain, some A4 size MDF sheets from Art Friend here are going to be just the business as a base to build terrain on.

Yep, decided. A continuation of the Peshawar project.

Aeronefs!

The American Aeronef Fleet

DSC01462The rest of the parcel from Brigade Models was the Americans to face off against the Japanese. As with the Japanese, I purchased two fleet packs.

The American fleet packs are battleship heavy which makes them an interesting opponent for the Japanese. I am planning on a paint job on these that is reminiscent of the Great White Fleet.

The first of the two packs I purchased is shown on the right. It was pack VANFP-202 and contains:

  • 2 x Maine class Battleship
  • 1 x Baton Rouge class Cruiser
  • 2 x Des Moines Class Frigate
  • 2 x Tallahasee Class Patrol Nef

DSC01463To accompany that battleship group above I ordered fleet pack VANFP-201 which is illustrated on the right. It contains:

  • 2 x Texas class Battleship
  • 1 x Michigan Class Destroyer
  • 2 x Des Moines Class Frigate
  • 2 x Tallahasee Class Patrol Nef

This gives me a combined fleet, heavy in battleships, of:

  • 2 x Maine class Battleship
  • 2 x Texas class Battleship
  • 1 x Baton Rouge class Cruiser
  • 1 x Michigan Class Destroyer
  • 4 x Des Moines Class Frigate
  • 4 x Tallahasee Class Patrol Nef

If these paint up as well as I expect them too then I will definitely be adding to these vessels and then by default, the Japanese I discussed yesterday. As I mentioned, I am planning on painting them based on the colours of Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet which circumnavigated the globe early in the 20th century, calling into Sydney amongst other places. Let me leave you then with an illustration of the Great White Fleet.

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The Postman Came

DSC01460I love it when the postman comes. He came today with a nice parcel from the folks at Brigade Models. I had decided to take advantage of the summer sale at Brigade (after having manfully resisted purchasing anything from them at Salute 2012) to top up my aeronef fleet.

Over the last couple of years I have been building the necessary troops for my Peshawar collection. Whilst it is currently based around colonial English, French, German and Russian, I did think it was a good opportunity to introduce the Pacific powers. So I ordered some Japanese and American ‘nefs. Tonight I’ll deal with the Japanese.

The first part of the order was for fleet pack VANFP-602, the Japanese Carrier pack. The photo to the right shows the content of this which is:

  • 1 x Ryujo class Carrier
  • 1 x Yakumo class Heavy Cruiser
  • 3 x Nagatsaki class Destroyer
  • 3 x Mikasa Class Patrol Nef
  • 12 x A1D Shinden Fixed Wing Fighter
  • 4 x Fighter Stand
  • 12 x Clear plastic flying stand

I was tempted by this pack for the fixed wing aircraft that would be carried by the Ryujo class carrier. Not shown are the flying and fighter stands.

DSC01461To accompany the carrier group above I ordered fleet pack VANFP-601

  • 2 x Yashima class Battleship (the same structure that forms the basis of the Rjujo carrier)
  • 1 x Yakumo class Heavy Cruiser
  • 1 x Akashi class Light Cruiser
  • 1 x Nagatsaki class Destroyer
  • 2 x Mikasa Class Patrol Nef
  • 7 x Clear plastic flying stand

This pads the fleet up nicely to give a total Japanese fleet of:

  • 1 x Ryujo class Carrier
  • 12 x A1D Shinden Fixed Wing Fighter
  • 2 x Yashima class Battleship
  • 2 x Yakumo class Heavy Cruiser
  • 4 x Nagatsaki class Destroyer
  • 5 x Mikasa Class Patrol Nef
  • 1 x Akashi class Light Cruiser

Also included are a Play sheets CD and some Japanese naval ensigns.

I know, more for the paint pile – still, they are such nice little models. I’ll post details of the Americans later

Peshawar – German Aeronefs and Aerostats

The German Fleet Pack from Brigade Models As one of the main protagonists in my Peshawar Campaign, I selected the Germans. In Victorian times the Germans were very active creating a nuisance in Europe and trying to compete with the French and English in building overseas empires.

To speed the process of building a German Aeronef fleet up, I purchased the German Grand Fleet pack which has a mix of Aerostats and Aeronefs. The Aerostats are based around 5 dirigibles – which are really very easy to see in the picture. The rest of the vessels in the pack consist of a couple of battleship types, some cruisers and patrol vessels. Full contents are:

  • Two Markgraf class Battleships
  • Two Schleswig-Holstein class Dig Battleships
  • Two Koln class Cruisers
  • Two Emden class Cruisers
  • Five SA15 class Escort
  • Five VA7 class Escort
  • Three Brandenburg class Digs

Can’t wait to get paint on these guys and see how they look with the German Land Ironclads and the 2mm infantry.