Monday 13 November 2017

Updating my Naval

S.M.S. Scharnhorst sporting her tropical paint scheme

It has been a pretty good weekend all said and done. Aside from the inevitable Autumnal leaf clearing exercise from the lawn (oddly therapeutic I must say!) I have managed to get some work done on  the 1/2400 collection.

I was able to get all of the destroyers for both sides based and undercoated and I have also settled on the names (or numbers in the case the German destroyers) for all of the models. I shall get these typed up and the label sheet printed in due course - this does not take long. Mention of the destroyers has given me the usual headache in terms of how they are painted. As the collection will be seeing service in WW1 based games it would make senses to paint them in the appropriate plumage for the later period. This means grey for the Royal Navy and also for the Germans although they converted from black later in the war. From an identification perspective I am going with black for the Germans and grey for the Royal Navy although I am unsure when they moved over from the black scheme. Certainly having two colours will help with identification on the table top.

H.M.S. Arab - a 'B' class torpedo boat destroyer

The models I am using are very nice indeed although I think the funnels on the Royal Navy destroyers are a little on the tall side - for the record they are the re designated 'B' class types sporting four funnels - with a single funnel fore and aft and two adjacent amidships. Of the type H.M.S. Sparrowhawk was wrecked whilst serving on the China Station.

For the names of the ships I am modelling I have where possible chosen those that served on the China Station or geographically near by.

I am pleased with progress so far - I had a couple of self-inflicted issues using the MDF bases which I shall not do again - and plan to continue this over the next few weeks with the aim of having the entire collection complete for the end of the year. Naturally pictures will follow in due course.


Jim Jackaman said...

Looking forward to seeing how these turn out and how you go about painting them.

David Crook said...

Hi J,

All being well the first batch will feature at the weekend.

All the best,


Jonathan Freitag said...

The Scharnhorst in tropical paint is a beauty!

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

Hmm whetting my appetite!

David Crook said...

Hi Jonathan,

Every time I see it I feel my overall grey resolve weakening....

All the best,


David Crook said...

Hi Geordie,

You want to the see the models - they are really nice....

All the best,