Tuesday, 1 December 2020
New Glory for the Union
The U.S.S. New Glory in all her, well, glory. Very much of the ‘brute force and ignorance’ school of naval tactics - slow, unwieldy to manoeuvre but packing a punch. She is effectively a mobile floating battery but with a ram bow.
Halfway there! The second model from the four remaining recently constructed ACW ships has finally been finished. The U.S.S. New Glory - based upon the historical U.S.S. New Ironsides - will be used as the overall fleet flagship once I have the remaining models built. I know what I am building for the last Union ship of this batch - no details just yet other than to say it will not be a monitor!
Another view from the port side.
Construction of the model was pretty straightforward. Five layers of 3mm thick MDF for the hull with the top layer having pre cut mast holes and a space for the stump of a bowsprit. The pole masts and bowsprit are from bamboo skewers, the gun ports are plastic card and the hatch covers are thick card. Dowel rod was used for the funnel and the fighting tops are laser cut MDF. The hull and hatch covers were painted using Humbrol enamel Matt 140 (Gull Grey) and the deck in Humbrol enamel Matt 110. The masts and bowsprit are Vallejo Buff and the iron work on the fighting tops are a cheap artists black acrylic. The whole lot has been varnished using Games Workshop Purity Seal satin varnish.
The final two models on the painting tray are the pair of Confederate turret ram types. As mentioned previously these are really a hybrid type as they are effectively a composite of two designs that were ordered and built but never made it to the Confederacy - with the exception of the C.S.S. Stonewall. I am hoping to have these ready in the next day or so and am looking to get a game in with some of them later in the week.