With the exception of the brush varnishing and adding the newly arrived flags where possible, the last of the models for this phase of the ACW project are finished. The C.S.S. Georgia has been added to the Confederate strength in two versions - as a pure floating battery or as a very slow (max speed 2 knots!) ironclad. I have yet to christen her/them although needless to say I have a few ideas....They are deliberately different sizes because I wanted whichever version was being used in a game to have some table ‘presence’. This means that the pure floating battery variant - essentially the armoured casemate - is larger than that on the full ‘ship’ variant. As none of the models I have built so far are even remotely close to being in scale it does not really matter.
I plan to run a game with the models later in the week which will of course feature on the blog when fought. I have also been thinking long and hard about rules to use with the models and have come to the conclusion that for naval games it you are going to use a grid then a square version may be better - mainly due to the eight ‘natural’ compass points you can use. I have a couple of ideas around this that I shall be looking further into over the coming weeks. For now though I shall persevere with the hexed set I have been experimenting with.
The next building programme will be for Madasahatta so I have been closely at various gunboat designs and the potential use of armed merchant cruiser types. The only problem is that I have a real urge to build some pre dreadnought battleships!
I will post some pictures of the fleets in their entirety once they have their flags. This may not be until after Christmas though as a number of the ships will need to have flagstaffs added which will require careful drilling as I had forgotten to allow for these. Rumour has it that there may be Dremel kit arriving for Christmas - just the thing for the budding naval architect!