Indian Navy – Part 2

The first prototype for the Indian Navy -a Kilo class submarine in 1/3000th scale

I took the prototype painting effort on the 1/3000th Navwar modern ships mentioned in the post, 1/3000th modern – a test vessel and applied it to the first of the Indian vessels as a second test bed. For the sea base I used a lighter more fluorescent green this time which seems to give a better finish.

As submarines are essentially black and as black in this scale is very absolute in that it sucks all the detail out of the figure, I decided that I would try with a very, very dark grey and trust to the black ink wash to leave some detail showing but to make the vessel look black overall.

An easier to paint vessel would be hard to find. After painting and inking the hull it was out with the paint pen to mark the edges of the hull hatches that are, as far as I understand, the escape hatches.

It is quite a satisfying black this way. The difference in shade between “black” black and really dark grey with a black ink wash is apparent if you look at the dot of black paint inside the white rings – it looks darker. Still, I am sure that will even out after varnishing.

One down, 5 more boats to go, then to start in the ships.

1/3000th Modern – a test vessel

Port-side on the Admiral Gorshkov
Port-side on the Admiral Gorshkov

I had a spare Navwar Admiral Gorshkov. I also wasn’t sure what approach to take with the sea bases and painting the 1/3000th ships, it has been a while and my painting techniques have been changing over that period. I recently painted 1/6000th scale ships and wondered if I could apply the same principles to the 1/3000th. I also was wondering how to do deal with the sea base as these ships do not have a sea base under them.

So many questions. The solution? A prototype or as we like to consider it now, the flashiest fridge magnet Thomo has ever made.

I had already glued the model to the plastic base I am trying currently, and yes, I over ordered when I put that Navwar order in before. I then undercoated in white. Next step was painting the base Vallejo Prussian Blue (a step I will drop next time). I then painting Citadel’s old Regal Blue and used a very diluted Goblin Green across that. A very diluted Ice Blue was then washed across the base followed by some white when the blue was still wet.

I should note at this point as well that I had tried using Vallejo’s Water Effects to model a sea base – mucking around with another carrier surplus to needs. In the words of twitter – #fail!

Starboard-side - I keep thinking of Frank Gorshin and the Riddler when I see the admiral's name
Starboard-side – I keep thinking of Frank Gorshin and the Riddler when I see the admiral’s name

The flight deck was then painted. I used two lighter shades than appeared in the photographs I had seen of the vessel as I am fairly sure they will darken a little more once the varnishing is done.

The next step was to take a white paint pen and paint the deck markings on. These are a little dodgy but I am getting used to the pen and learning a little patience – like wait for it to dry, shake it frequently and be happy when you need to redraw a line three times to get the white sufficiently opaque on the model.

Superstructure was painted and washed in black ink. It was then dry (really wet) brushed with a very light grey.

The missile silos were also touched up at this point.

The last step was the black on the funnel top. Actually the detail on this model is a bit odd at the top of the superstructure but what the heck, it is a wargame model after all.

A touch up of a couple of colours and then some white added to the wash around the bow.

Voila! The Frank Gorshin … sorry, Admiral Gorshkov is ready for the table.

I think next time I will use a lighter more fluorescent green on the sea base.

Hopefully I will get some time tomorrow to get out to Changi Naval Base and have a look at some ships. I’ll leave you with a picture of the real Admiral Gorshkov.

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Indian Navy – Part 1

The vessels are all labelled - well all except the carrier
The vessels are all labelled – well all except the carrier

I mentioned before that I was looking at doing something modern in naval warfare and in 1/3000th in particular. Regular readers will recall also the saga of actually having to send a letter to order vessels from Navwar ((yes Dorothy, there is still a post office and you still can order things by mail, snail mail)) . The vessels had arrived in good order and this week was the first chance I’ve had to really start working with them.

The first step was out to the Internet and find out some details on the vessels that I have purchased. While looking for information and pictures of the vessels I discovered the crests to some of the ships. This inspired a change to the way I label vessels so after sticking the vessels to a 3mm thick base with some magnetic tape underneath, I labelled the vessels as can be seen above and to the left. I will also talk about the basing material later as it is new to me.

The fleet stands ready for painting
The fleet stands ready for painting

Next will be the painting process. For that I will be undercoating the vessels in white, washing in black ink then starting to paint with a heavy dry-brush in an Indian Navy grey after the sea base is finished underneath.

What colour that grey will be will be decided on the weekend when I visit Changi Naval Base here as there are two Indian ships visiting Singapore at the moment. The are INS Satpura (F48) and the Kora class Corvette (P62) INS Kirch. Vessels of both of these classes can be seen in the second row in the picture to the right so this will be one of the few chances I’ve ever had to see the 1:1 scale item that I will be painting later.

Interestingly, also visiting at the current time or back in home port are RSS Valiant (Victory Class corvette P91), RSS Bedok mine countermeasure boat (M105), RSS Formidable (F68) and RSS Tenacious (F71), both Formidable (La Fayette) Class frigates. Also present is Ladroite, the French experimental OPV, the Royal Thai Navy HTMS Rattanakosin (F441), HMAS Bathurst, and USS Freedom, the first Littoral Combat Ship of the US Navy.

Also present are the Malaysian frigate KD Lekiu frigate (30), the Indonesian KCR 40 class patrol craft KRI Kujang [642] and Diponegoro Class Corvette KRI Frans Kaisiepo [368].

Looks like an interesting day for a navy buff coming up!

Sydney’s transport behind Mumbai

The Sydney Morning Herald ran a piece today about Sydney’s transport being behind Mumbai’s. Actually, it is behind a lot of places. What I can’t understand is that the problems are fairly simple to look at and solve if you step one step backwards and look at it slightly differently.

Taxi Shortage

Have a look outside of my window – they’re all queued along Market Street and York Street 😆 no, I am being facietious. There are always a lot of them parked at Sydney Airport and given the surcharge the cab pays for the airport destination plus the cost of petrol recently, I can understand why. Simple solution, subsidise taxi petrol costs (take the tax off maybe) as well as removing any location surcharges and make it attractive for taxis to remain on the road roaming. This will also increase the number of vehicles on the road at any one time and make it more attractive for other drivers to return to public transport.

Trains

The missing metros are a problem, however, the biggest problem is that the Railways folks try to run the Sydney network as a big network. Now, given that already train trip times are longer now then they were 30 years ago, give up on that big schedule. Instead, break up the network. Have trains shuttle between Hornsby and North Sydney and Return. Shuttle between North Sydney and Central and Return. Between Central and Strathfield; Between Strathfield and Parramatta; between Parramatta and Blacktown; and between Blacktown and Penrith. A passenger wanting to travel between Wynyard and Blacktown takes a train to Central, changes there for a Stathfield train, then changes for Parramatta, and then changes again for a Blacktown train.

Do this and a delay anywhere in the network does not debilitate the entire network. It is also possible to schedule some direct trains between the “interchange” stations to speed the trips up. However, doing it this way will allow more people to be moved and a better servide to be provided. It also avoids the malarky of the new rail route from Hornsby to Epping to Chatswood and then via Strathfield back to Epping. Better to just have a few trains that shuttle between Epping and Chatswood.

So – not so much of a problem after all 🙂

Indians Question Themselves

I was in Bombay (Mumbai) for work. I had meetings to attend and was there for the week that ran into Republic Day (the 26th of January … same day as Australia Day). A couple of days before Republic Day one of the newspapers ran an article asking Indians if they felt there was less of a display of patriotism than before. The article when on to talk about pride in India and things Indian and so on.

On the way to the office that morning the rear window on the car next to me wound down and a woman dropped a handful of rubbish out the window and on to the street.

I though “there is the answer to that question … no pride in their own home”.

Then I noted all the Indian companies who do not have a .in domain. Most of the big international Indian companies seem ashamed to proclaim they are Indian as many have .com domains only. Barclay’s (an English bank) has an Indian domain for its local operation but the big software and outsourcing companies do not. Korean companies have .kr, New Zealand companies .nz, Taiwanese companies .tw but Indian companies seem to want to hide their origins.

I guess that sums up the newspaper’s question about national pride.