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:
I received a parcel from Navwar with some ships present. Two fleet packs were included (World War 1 Russia and Modern Soviet) as well as a number of individual Dutch World War 2 vessels. Here we have a look at them as well as a brief look at the painting table.
Video is here:
Comments are welcome and I have started to get a little better.
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!
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:
|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.
|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.|
|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.|
|Baccus 6mm figures make up the rest of my Singapore DBA Project. Armies still to be painted are:
|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!
|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!
|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.
|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.
|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.|
|An opponent for the Scandinavian Union, and possibly the Italians. The Benelux Aeronef fleet consists of vessels from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.|
|The above-mentioned 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.|
|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.|
|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.
|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.|
|Heroics and Ros figures have been used for my Cold War Poles – an opponent for my Cold War Danes.|
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.
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.