Tuesday 2 July 2013

The Great July Naval Arms Race....Part 1

Right then! The first step for this blitz job of nearly one hundred ships is to ready the bases. By that I mean draw them up on the card I am using and cut them out. the card I have is artist's mounting board acquired from a local art ship. I purchased a bag of off cuts for a couple of pounds and it is still going strong after a couple of years. The bases of all the ships are 1" across the beam and with the length allowing roughly 3/8 ths of an inch off the bow and the stern. This is large enough for the model but not too intrusive in terms of table 'footprint'. There is plenty of room on the base for the ship name and the national ensign - a small touch but one that adds to the look of the thing in my opinion.

I will also be readying the name labels as well as cleaning up the last of the models prior to fixing to the bases and undercoating. I have three weekends in which to these models and as long as I keep to the timetable I should be OK.

The rules merely need some minor cosmetic work and are then ready to test although I will need to cobble up some ship charts for damage purposes.

Busy, busy, busy....;-)


Bluebear Jeff said...

I use 1/4" balsa for my ship bases and put the name and flag on the sides of the base. See the following link for examples:


But the card stock method works well too.

-- Jeff

David Crook said...

Hi Jeff,

I had forgotten about your RJW fleets (shame on me I know!) and they look very attractive indeed. Good to see some Panzerschiffe kit as well.

Very effective idea with the bases - had I not had a source of card available I may well have considered your approach.

All the best,


PS High time those fleets saw some action again - how about it Jeff?