....and the inspiration for it. Kind of. Nearly....
There you have it. The final model for the Union for what is in effect the sea end of my intended ACW style campaign - the second batch will be focus on the river based side. The U.S.S. Coeur d’Alene - loosely based on the U.S.S. Galena - operates as part of the blockading squadron tasked with ensuring that the main Confederate seaport of Immobile Bay is closed off to the outside world. The Confederates still have access to the mighty Missenhitti river so the blockade is hard stretched to carry out both the blockade and support of the river fleet. The Confederates, although outnumbered, are very much a ‘fleet in being’ and have the wherewithal to cause the Union all manner of problems. If the Union were to secure control of the river then Immobile Bay would be rendered ineffective as the blockading squadron would possess an overwhelming naval superiority.
The Union fleet, in two columns, heading for Immobile Bay. The starboard column comprises the U.S.S. Old Glory leading the U.S.S. Senator and the U.S.S. Pocahontas whilst the port column consists of the U.S.S. Coeur d’Alene leading the U.S.S. Potomac and the U.S.S. Hiawatha.
Originally I was going to wait until I had finished the final Confederate model and then unveil them both but I hit a number of problems with the Rebel ship and so have scrapped what had been done thus far as it really did not work. The second version will be much better!