C.S.S. Arkansas built to my usual ‘based upon’ system but looking the part all the same
It was somehow inevitable that as soon as my ACW naval project started to head inland from the Gulf of Mexico that at some point the famous Confederate ironclad the C.S.S. Arkansas would feature. To be honest she has presented me with a couple of dilemmas. The construction and paint job were simple enough but I had to make some significant decisions before attempting either! She has been described as having vertical sides and also that she was ‘painted’ a brown hue to help camouflage her alongside the banks of the river. To be honest my own feeling is a that she, along with the rest of the Confederate ironclads probably had a healthy coating of rust anyway - paint was in short supply - so daubing mud all over her as well would have certainly helped to hide her.
A historical tradition cannot be easily cast aside and so I decided that she would be ‘muddy’ looking albeit in a controlled and tidy fashion! The colour I used for this was Humbrol Matt 26 - Khaki - and very nice it is as well. It has a very slight orange tinge to it, implying a degree of rust which is handy.
I also opted for vertical sides rather than sloped which makes her stand out from the rest of the rebel ironclads - I am not sufficiently well informed to say if this is correct or not - and so she certainly looks quite intimidating.
She will be going into action over the next week or so as I have a hankering to get another game in. I also have some of the opposition she fought - U.S.S. Essex I am looking at you!
She is also significant in another way in that she is the 30th ship model I have built since starting this construction programme back in September last year. Thirty ships in six months is not really anything to write home about but allowing for the fact I have been honing my building technique pretty much as I go it is not bad at all! Ideally I would like to have the ACW and the Russo Turkish collection completed by the end of June - and that includes the Royal Navy.
Best I get a move on then!