A Self Indulgence – the Wargaming Tasks for 2017

Last weekend I had the time to indulge myself in my fantasy – the painting queue for 2017. I had originally thought it was not that extensive as I had not purchased all that much in the way of new lead in 2016 and besides, I did not have too much left over for painting from 2014 and 2015.

The painting queue follows in not particular order!

World War II Aerial Combat. The aircraft mix in these packets are from Raiden Miniatures and are in 1/285th scale. They are:

  • Russian
    • 6 x Tupolev SB-3
    • 6 x I-16 ‘Rata’
  • Finnish
    • 4 x Fiat G.50
    • 4 x Fokker D.XXI
    • 4 x Brewster Buffalo

Russian/Finnish WW2 Aircraft
The rules are Raiden Miniatures Fast Play Aerial Combat Rules. I have version 1.1.

Any of the World War II aerial combat rules could be used. The beauty with the Winter War is that a mix of aircraft seldom seen on the wargames table is possible with the Finns using equipment from Italy, the Netherlands and the USA, among others.

Raiden also make a US WW2 aircraft carrier flight deck, the USS Enterprise, for flight and combat operations. It is a kit in 51 parts and I am not sure if it is made or not currently. See http://www.raidenminiatures.co.uk/4.html for details.

Thunderbolt and Lightning Air Combat Rules
Thunderbolt and Lightning Air Combat Rules
Starmada vessels from Brigade Models. In this case, the PacFed fleet. I have a PacFed Future War Commander Army tucked away up here and this is the off-planet version of those. The PacFed are loosely based around a “Pacific Federation” and contain a lot of vessels with Australian type names.

PacFed Starship Fleet
PacFed Starship Fleet
As an opponent to the PacFed I looked to ONESS – loosely based around German forces. Somewhere at mum’s I have the ground fleet to complement this. This also is from Brigade Models.

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The ONESS Starmada Fleet
Baccus 6mm figures make up the rest of my Singapore DBA Project. Armies still to be painted are:

  • II/9a Syracusan in Sicily 410-210BC
  • II/8 Campanian, Apulian, Lucanian and Bruttian 420-203BC
  • 11/39a Iberian 240-20BC
  • II/11 Gallic 400-50BC
  • II/32a Later Carthaginian 275-202BC

The 6mm Ancients
The 6mm Ancients
Speaking of Brigade Models, I acquired a US Aeronef fleet. This was for part of the Peshawar project but with the purchase of Imperial Skies, the project has expanded somewhat (see below for how much). Of course what is illustrated and discussed here does not mention the British, French and Prussian Aeronefs that are already in the collection.

These then are the US Aeronef fleet. Quite a tidy force. I have been trying to think of an alternative paint scheme other that the Great White Fleet colours of, well, white!

US Aeronefs
US Aeronefs
The perfect opponent for the Americans above – the forces of the Rising Sun. Both Fleets (the US and Japanese) are substantial and would be the two most powerful fleets in the collection.

As with the Americans I am trying to think of a colour scheme that is not the Japanese naval vessels at Tsushima!

Japanese Aeronefs
Japanese Aeronefs
I wanted a bit of fun so I added a Scandinavian Union fleet. Dumpy vessels certainly but they have a certain attraction as well. These are also from Brigade Models and I am pondering colour schemes for them.

These were never envisaged for the Peshawar Project however they will make a good opponent for the BENELUX forces described below.

Scandinavian Union
Scandinavian Union
For a little South American Aeronef action I picked up some Argentinians. These look sufficiently different to other ‘nefs to keep the interest up.

Rather than a standard grey or Victorian Livery for these I have been toying with the idea of basing a paint scheme around light blue and white – same colour as the shirts of the Pumas. Again, Brigade Models.

Argentinian Aeronefs
Argentinian Aeronefs
And if the Argentinians are light blue and white then the Brazilians should be both hairless and based around green and gold colours. I have an idea for that with an antique style of gold colouring.

Brazilian Aeronefs
Brazilian Aeronefs
An opponent for the Scandinavian Union, and possibly the Italians. The Benelux Aeronef fleet consists of vessels from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Benelux Aeronefs
Benelux Aeronefs
The above-mentioned Italian Aeronefs.

Italian Aeronefs
Italian Aeronefs
The last of the Aeronefs in this years paint queue, the Russians. They are also one of the protagonists in the Peshawar campaign. For colours on these I am thinking, maybe, something like Port Arthur 1905.

Russian Aeronefs
Russian Aeronefs
A couple of years ago I picked up two armies for the Great Pacific War. Here are the Chilean/Peruvian Army and the Bolivian forces. I am planning on using these with the 1859, 1866 or 1870 rules. A project that has been on the back-burner for three years now.

10mm Chilean/Peruvian and Bolivian forces
10mm Chilean/Peruvian and Bolivian forces
I have had an interest in both the English Civil War and the 30 Years War for many years and picking up Baccus 6mm‘s English Civil War boxed set seemed like a good way of getting into it. The set gives me two armies, a couple of houses, Polemos rules and 60mm bases.

I am planning on using these with the Baroque Rules from Dadi and Piombo as well.

ECW - Polemos and Baroque
ECW – Polemos and Baroque
Navwar 1/3000 scale World War I Austrian ships – battleships to destroyers/torpedo boats. I have their main opponent, the Italian fleet, painted and here already. It must be said that during the war, both the Italian Royal Navy and the Austro-Hungarian Navy kept their most modern capital ships inside their bases (Pola and Kotor for the Austrian Fleet, Brindisi and Taranto for the Italian fleet), leaving mostly submarines, destroyers, torpedo boats and scout cruisers to do any fighting.

World War 1 Austrian Fleet
World War 1 Austrian Fleet
Heroics and Ros figures have been used for my Cold War Poles – an opponent for my Cold War Danes.

Cold War Commander Poles
Cold War Commander Poles

In addition to all that, there are a few other items on the list including:

  • Anthony’s 20mm World War II British
  • Finish off the 1/285 scale World War II Japanese
  • 1/285 scale World War II Hungarians
  • 1/300 scale Cold War Commander Danes to be completed
  • 1/1200 scale Coastal Warfare Ships
  • The 1/3000 scale Jutland Fleets
  • Houston Ships Italians and Austrians from the Battle of Lissa
  • Dystopian Wars fleets, and
  • Peshawar, 2mm ground forces

So – a painting queue that for 2017 should keep me busy well into 2020!

23 April 2017 – Update: Nothing. Nada. Not done a thing! Maybe I need to motivate myself and buy some more figures.

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A New Project – The Lobster War

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!

WIP – The Jutland Project – Part 6 – British Grand Fleet – The Battle Cruiser Fleet – The Task

The Battle Cruiser fleet
The Battle Cruiser fleet

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.

 

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.

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.

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!

General Quarters – World War 1 – Destroyers – Part 2

I posed the question yesterday about the basing of destroyers and TBDs for my 2015 Jutland project. I mentioned that in the past, I would have based them all individually but given the number of destroyers present at Jutland, I was thinking about a number of different basing options:

  • Base them individually – but there are a lot of them – in fact on the British side, 26 × Light Cruisers and 79 × Destroyers with the Germans deploying 11 × Light Cruisers and 61 × Torpedo Boats
  • Base a single leader for each flotilla instead of all the vessels individually and scale up the armament on the base to represent the full flotilla’s firepower
  • Base the whole flotilla (that is, all the vessels that make it up) on a single base, and scale up the armament for the full flotilla’s firepower – but this is a lot of vessels.
  • Base by half flotilla
  • Base by division (which is where I am leaning towards at the moment)

I did like the options of basing either by half flotilla or division. After playing with the ships on a cm square grid, I came to the conclusion that if I was going to bulk base, that I would need to base by division. A half flotilla (two divisions) would just take up too much area. Basing by division would give me a base approximately 4cm wide with four vessels based, either in line abreast or oblique.

However, I think I am going to opt for single basing of the destroyers and TBDs, along with all the other vessels. The destroyers will be on a base 1cm wide which is big enough to handle, also big enough to model a little sea on the base and to carry the vessel’s name down the side.

The pictures below give and idea of the relative size of the destroyers to a battle ship (in this case, HMS Agamemnon). You can also see the full 4th destroyer flotilla laid out with flotilla leader and half flotilla leaders shown. I used a number of Admiralty M-class destroyers for the testing.

General Quarters – World War 1 – Destroyers

With the Pope visiting the Philippines, I have some spare time over these days to consider some of my hobby tasks for the year. Why can I do that? The Philippines declared public holidays for yesterday, today and Monday. Of course, I will be working for some of this time as our project moves towards some deliverables (not quite a sprint but more like a fast paced jog) but I also have some extra spare time. This will allow me to finish some stuff for Mal (set for this afternoon) as well as starting to look at the Jutland Project for this year.

Yep, a wargamer with a project. Actually, a wargamer with a number of projects and I will get around to writing up this year’s crop soon. However, I have started to thinking about the Battle of Jutland. It is the 100-year anniversary of that battle next year and as I have both the Grand Fleet and the High Seas Fleet sitting around in 1/3000 scale waiting for paint, I thught I would do them this year.

Of course, in addition to painting them, I will also be looking at playing the odd game with them. Some battleship vs battleship, of course, along with the struggle of the battle cruisers come to mind. I also enjoy small ship actions like a good swirling destroyer/TBD fracas.

My question at the moment relates to the destroyers as well. In the past, I would have (and did) base them all individually. However, with Jutland, there are a lot of them. I am therefore thinking about a number of basing options, namely:

  • Base them individually – but there are a lot of them – in fact on the British side, 26 × Light Cruisers and 79 × Destroyers with the Germans deploying 11 × Light Cruisers and 61 × Torpedo Boats
  • Base a single leader for each flotilla instead of all the vessels individually and scale up the armament on the base to represent the full flotilla’s firepower
  • Base the whole flotilla (that is, all the vessels that make it up) on a single base, and scale up the armament for the full flotilla’s firepower – but this is a lot of vessels.
  • Base by half flotilla
  • Base by division (which is where I am leaning towards at the moment)

Now, I like the fourth and fifth options above. If basing the half flotilla or division I am not worrying so much about the distance between vessels and would base them line abreast, otherwise, if line astern, I guess it would be a very long thin base.

Now, the problem with a flotilla base is the sheer numbers. For example, let’s take the 4th Destroyer Flotilla. It consisted of:

HMS Tipperary as the flotilla leader

The flotilla was then divided into two half flotillas which were further subdivided into two Divisions of three to five vessels. The First Half-Flotilla consisted of two divisions:

HMS Spitfire
HMS Sparrowhawk
HMS Garland
HMS Contest

HMS Owl
HMS Hardy
HMS Mischief
HMS Midge

The second half flotilla had as its flotilla leader HMS Broke with the two divisions consisting of:

HMS Porpoise
HMS Unity

HMS Achates
HMS Ambuscade
HMS Ardent
HMS Fortune

I can see me getting out some models and spending some time with a piece of paper and pen trying out various flotilla configurations – perhaps line abreast, perhaps an oblique structure.