Monday 30 November 2020

Union Monitors Along the Missenhitti River

The four Union monitors sporting between them 7 turrets! To be honest there is not a great deal you can do with a monitor although I have seen some incredible paint jobs across the internet! I will be adding flags in due course and the turret bands are in fact white but came out cream looking under the lighting in the man cave.

 I have not gotten as far as I would have liked with painting the current batch of models - real life threw up a couple of issues - but I have managed to finish the last of the Union Monitors so she can join the rest of the squadron as the flagship. The U.S.S. Potomac (based on the U.S.S. Roanoke) joins the U.S.S. Senator (based on the U.S.S. Monadnock) and the U.S.S. Hiawatha and Pocahontas (based on the Passaic class). The U.S.S. New Glory (based on the U.S.S. New Ironsides) will be finished next followed by the two Confederate ships. In the meantime I need to think about the last two models I shall be building for this batch - one for each side. 

The U.S.S. Potomac on the lookout for Confederate ironclads

The use of Warbases for the laser cut hulls and turret pieces was definitely one of my better ideas and whilst I have intentionally made these models very simple, indeed toy-like, they have come out rather well. As mentioned I plan to build a further two models for this batch before moving on to the Colonial style gunboats etc for use with Madasahatta. The building techniques will be similar and I must confess that working ‘by eye’ rather than pursuing anything remotely close to scale is a hugely enjoyable and liberating experience! 


Maudlin Jack Tar said...

They look splendid David. Are Warbases actually going to sell the bits you designed or was it just a one off for you?

David Crook said...

Hello there Maudlin Jack Tar,

Cheers old chap! It was a series of bespoke orders with them. I think for them to sell ship kits would need a little more design work than my efforts though! Initially what I wanted was some specific pieces that would be more accurately cut than anything I could manage but it has kind of grown from that. I will ask the question though.

All the best,


Steve J. said...

I must say they look rather good and I can't help but love the simplicty of the monitors lines.

David Crook said...

Hello there Steve J,

They have quite modern looking lines and I rather like them. There will be another Union model finished tomorrow.

All the best,