Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Balkan Naval Estimates

Admiral Pavlos Kountouriotis (here as Captain)

I have spent some today pondering the naval side of my Balkans project - this will follow on after the land element is in a game able condition i.e. I have two sides finished and ready to use! The main fleets will be the Greeks and the Turks and I am reckoning on there being around 50 models combined for the two. Add to this the representative Great Powers then the list easily heads up towards the 100 models mark. I should point out though that half of this will be torpedo boats of various types. The ships covered will vary from state-of-the-art (for 1900 anyway) pre dreadnoughts through old and new armoured and protected cruisers and central battery ironclads. In short, a real mixture of old and new.

I will spend some time during my forthcoming holiday deciding exactly what I shall be needing to make for the fleets - the historical stuff can readily be sourced but I will need to do some digging into what Eric Knowles used to refer to as 'never was-ers'. These are those ships that were either ordered and never built, built and taken over or merely existed as a set of plans. The situation in this respect is fairly well covered for the year leading up to WW1 but less so the further back you go.

I realise that this all seems a little in advance (I will not get to the models until at least the 4th quarter of the year) but once I have this aspect bolted down I will be able to concentrate fully on the armies as they must, in all honesty, come first. I like to think of ship modelling as being my prize for painting the land forces first!


Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

100 ship, hmmm this is getting interesting .. hmmm

David Crook said...

Hi Geordie,

I realise it sounds a tall order but as mentioned - around half of the models will in fact be torpedo boat/destroyer types and they are pretty easy to make en masse. The difficulty will be turrets and shielded gun positions!

It is still in the planning stage but I am very much looking forward to tackling the ship models but will need to paint the figures first!

All the best,


Steve Cady said...


I look forward to seeing this project come together. What did you have in mind for the ships, use some of the old Minifigs WW1 vessels or scratch build everything ?

What scale did you have in mind ?

Best regards,

David Crook said...

Hi Steve,

I have a large pile of the Minifigs ships that are crying out to be used for a project like this but sadly I have none of the pre dreadnoughts I have sufficent cruisers, loads of dreadnoughts and battlecruisers and plenty of Torpedo boats but only a single pre dreadnought. To be honest I would prefer to use thse but had resigned myself to having to build the models for a 1900 set up - not that that is any bad thing!

I may try to track down a supply of the pre dreadnoughts and see how we go.

If I build the models they will not be scale specific per se; rather the largest model will have to be no bigger than 3 1/2" in order to fit on the Hexon tiles.

More to be posted and and when it happens - you can rest assured of that!

All the best,