Sunday 13 April 2014
The First of the Battle Cruisers
The first of the new 1/2400th scale WW1 warships for the Royal Navy and the High Seas Fleet completed today. They have been painted using my now standard black undercoat and umpteen layers of grey dry brushing - all using Humbrol enamels (except for the bases).
S.M.S. Lutzow and Derfflinger - the later Hindenberg differed in minor details.
H.M.S. Tiger - the design was similar to that of the Japanese Kongo class.
S.M.S. Derfflinger - the first of the class
S.M.S. Lutzow - hit by some 24 heavy shells at Jutland and sunk by the Germans when flooded with some 8,000 tons of water.
H.M.S. Tiger - a very handsome looking ship until her late war makeover, described in Jane's Fighting Ships as "her present hideous rig."
I was absolutely delighted with the way these turned out and should now push on with the rest of the collection. I will need to add some of the earlier battle cruisers - which of course means I will be able to add the Seydlitz - which will give me a pretty good WW1 set up for the North Sea and further afield should the need arise.
It was great fun painting them as well!