Modeling


Tales from the riverbank (Medway) - revisiting the battleships

Remember these? I moved to V2 for eachI very much enjoyed customizing the Tumbling Dice models for the large English men o'war 'in ordinary' which I have shown previously in some posts. The more work I do with these 1/2400 models the more confident I get in the scope of conversions.V2s in the rear V1s to the foreI was very happy with the versions I did until I thought about simulating their partial sinking. The Navy Board decided to flood the lower decks of the ships and bottom them on the river which was about 15 -20 feet deep at their location of the tidal reach. The reason was to make it more difficult for the Dutch to board, capture and tow away such valuable assets.Royal Charles V2 Royal James and V1 Royal James which will now be used as another 2nd rate in ordinaryAngling them and removing some of the lower portions of the ships would I thought, provide an even more powerful visual perspective and be fun to simulate.Blue Squadron: HMS Loyal London V2 in ordinary Loyal London's list to port can be s

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Wrecked - sinking and sunken vessel markers

A French 1st rate sails past a wrecked English 1st rateI wanted to make visual representations of ships that had taken a bit of a hammering during action and used some of the Tumbling Dice wreck markers as made whilst doing some work myself withDutch wrecks for 4th/5th rates and Fireshipsbits and pieces of other ships which I had cannibalized for various reasons. These all came out quite well. The larger ships are from the Napoleonic part of the range it is easy to disguise them for use in earlier centuries.English wrecks for 4th/5th rates and FireshipsI have set them out here in the form of four Dutch and four English wreck markers to signify ships of a size between 4th rate and smaller.Three larger wreck markersThe larger wrecks I have anonymized by using plain colours in the most common - red, white and blue flags - colours used by many of the major fleets.Three deckers were used by the English, French and Dutch I have included a couple of comparison shots showing intact 1st rates sailing past the the

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One Saturday at mine... Building 1/2400 terrain

I have been researching how to bring this important campaign to the table top for a while now. That activity has paid off. I originally planned to build the entire river in 1/2400 which would have been a mammoth task however, I have now identified five important stretches:1.The Mouth/Sheerness2. Musselbank3. Gillingham Reach and St Mary's Creek4. The Chatham Dockyard stretch5. Chatham to Rochester BridgeThe river complete from The Dutch in the Medway- P.G. RogersAction of some sort or another took place at each. Studying old maps, contemporary sketches and very importantly, Google Maps gave me a good feel for what I needed to achieve in recreating the terrain.My first challenge - to build the Chatham stretch to look like thisAs per usual, my plan was more in my head than on paper. I bought some 6mm and 9mm thick MDF from the DIY store and decided to do a 2' x 4' test board which is what the piece features. I bought but dismissed various materials to represent the land , the most hopeful being 25mm thick polys

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Down Medway-way: Dangerous predators or sitting ducks?

The fascinating Dutch raid on the English fleet at anchor in the Medway in June 1667 is full of wargaming potential.One of the most spectacular incidents occurred on June 13th. Having broken the English defensive chain at Gillingham, the Dutch rounded a bend in the river and were faced with the straight stretch between St Mary's Island and Chatham Royal Dockyard. This strategic installation was one of the main factories of naval production and if destroyed, English sea power capability could have been set back by a couple of decades.For reasons of economy, the King had put much of his battlefleet to sleep over the winter of 1666/1667. The technical term for a warship which has been rendered unoperational is 'in ordinary'.This usually amounted to partially dismasting the vessel and removing the sails and spars. Guns were often taken off the ships and the crews reduced dramatically. This ships were effectively removed from active duty and anchored somewhere safe. All along the Medway from Gillingham Reach to Ro

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Back down on the river...... Medway project update

At the weekend I got a chance to push on with the Medway multi scale project. One of the little (appropriate description) pieces I was keen to finish was my very first foray into 2mm figures. I must again refer to Mark Backhouse's 2mm Siege of Portsmouth project as I used this as inspiration and my template for a little experimentation.These pieces may be deployed for limited tabletop gaming but are more likley to be used in the macro movement of troops around the Medway towns area. This first piece represents country militia in civilian garb and representing an indeterminate number of men.In total there are 150 men, three mounted officers and two wagons on the base which is 60 x 40mm.I thought of it as a 1:1 scale piece representing three or four understrength  companies. The shot above shows the finished base beside Sheerness and Garrison Point Fort to scale it a little.I added a few extra flags to the 2mm Irregular Miniatures figures blocks. In total I used eight 15 men blocks of musketeers and t

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Garrison Point Fort in 1/2400 completion

The finished piece is about 100mm square.I finally got a chance to build Sheerness today. It's not often you get to type that! Took about 90 minutes to finish the first major piece of terrain for the 1/2400 part of the Tocht naar Chatham (Medway Raid 1667) project.Here is how it all started.I used some of the simpler country style buildings from Brigade Models lovely range to to this. These required a minimum of preparation to slot in to the final corner of the piece. I decided not to make Sheerness look too big as it was described as a cluster of workers dwellings at the time.Floating in the sea - just to provide a perspective with some 1/2400 Tumbling Dice yachts.I had not real game plan to fit the civilian dwellings and just used the most appropriate for size and look. I managed a couple of  setting mock ups just to get a feel for how it will fit when I finally build the custom terrain. I will probably give the fort the firepower of a 4th or 5th rate ship with an as yet to be decided defensive value.T

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Building Garrison Point Fort in 1/2400 scale

Rough mock-up shot of Garrison Point Fort in 1667. Van Ghent's squadron attempting to sail past.My ideas for the Medway Campaign 1667 involve it being conducted by map, in 1/2400 scale and finally, in 28mm for small land and naval actions.I thought I would begin building the small scale terrain with the first significant defensive work encountered by the Dutch.On the north western tip of the Isle of Sheppey is Garrison Point Fort. It appears that the settlement of Sheerness grew directly out of the fort's location at the mouth of the Medway and that the first dwellings were probably houses or more likely shacks, for the few labourers who could be found to work in this inaccessible site. Apparently workers were so hard to find that often less than six were working at the same time building it! This may account for the fact that it was incomplete when the Dutch attacked.Position of Garrison Point Fort and the mouth of the MedwayMany fascinating aspects of this place can be woven into the campaign. It appears it

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New in the shop from Warfare Miniatures

Some new stuff which can be found in the shop:A Cossack unit equivalent to an infantry battalion. It contains three packs of Cossacks advancing (COS01) with musket and one Command pack (COS02).  Price is £31 ex postage. The flag is not included nor or are the bases.The unit pictured has 18 models but there are 20 models in the battalion pack.Second up, I have a limited number of the excellent Janissary Cauldron Bearer set. This is available at the normal infantry pack price of £8.50 ex postage.

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Dutch Fleet update and Medway 1667 mini campaign

To say I have been totally absorbed by my new obsession for 1/2400 scale 1650-1720 period ships would be the understatement of my hobby life time. Not since my Ost Front Microtanks phase of the late 1990s have I been this driven to finding information and being productive on an industrial scale.2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th rates plus Fireship and Heoker - a cross section of my growing Dutch Fleet for the Medway fight of 1667I am already working on a mini-campaign covering the spectacular 1667 Tocht naar Chatham (The journey to Chatham). This has been inspired by the campaign itself, Mark Backhouse's spectacular 2mm scale Siege of Portsmouth and Tumbling Dice's ship models.2nd Rate (80-90 guns) - the largest ships in the Dutch Admiralties - this one is De Ruyter's flagship De Zeven ProvincienThe campaign will be a combination of scales: 1/2400 Tumbling Dice models for the ships, 2mm Irregular Miniatures for the board movement of troops, Brigade Models 2mm buildings which actually seem to suit the 1/2400 ships better tha

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Various WiP shots

two bases from a three base Cossack infantry unitI have too many projects going at the same time. Purely a function of bringing out new figures for Warfare Miniatures. Painting samples for the website means that lots of things get started but very often wait for a long time to get finished.Command and three models to be added to this Russian unit in kartuzEvery base on this post is part of a unit which has not yet been completed but is getting some serious attention right now.Danish battalion Prinds Jorgen - not quite finished yetAll will be available as battalion deals when I finally get them done. This should be in time for the release of With Talon and Claw  the Great Northern War supplement for Beneath the Lily Banners 3rd edition - which is now finished.Part of Danish battalion JyskeMany of the units will be equally at home in the armies of the Maritime Powers fighting Louis XIV between 1701 and 1714. The Prussians in particular.Prussian Guard battalion baseSeveral codes can be fielded in the Turkis

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Sink the Dreadnought, June 1667

Captain Bogaert's 4th Rate Delft with 40 guns sails south into the MedwayInspired by discussions with fellow enthusiast Peter A of this parish, my general love of the period and of naval warfare, I took the plunge at Partizan buying two starter fleets in 1/2400 from Tumbling Dice. So far have completed 24 vessels large and small for my Dutch/English/French fleets 1660 - 1700.Thanks to wonderful help from Neil Fox and inspired by Simon McDowall's Sole Bay re fight of a couple of years back, here is my first venture into gaming and modelling the ships of our period... look out for Swedish and Danish vessels in the future too.I thought it best to introduce the project with a played out scenario set during the very successful Dutch Raid on the Medway in 1667. The rules are Neil's with some scenario specific tweaking by me. The game took less than an hour and was very enjoyable.SINK THE DREADNOUGHT!It is 1667 and the Restoration monarchy is hard up. Plague and the great fire of the previous year has denuded the Ki

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The War Wagon

The finished War wagon in profileThe original wagon from which the war wagon is constructed. All that was used was the flat bed and wheels.I had this idea in my head to build a centre piece for the Ottoman wagonburg. I wanted a something practical but distinctive and I gained a lot of valuable experience arsing around with the twelve defensive pieces built for the wagonburg circumference.The finished wagon. Not from a written plan but from a process of evolving ideas.The centre piece was going to be a one off and I decided to pimp it up a bit with bits and bobs. The first thing was to raise the deck above the level of the back wheels. I did this by placing balsa rods along the flatbed with a height of circa 20mm which allowed me to build the deck out again but over the top level of the large back wheels.Some of the additional pimping visible in this shot. The hay is dry brushed static grass added to the hay net metal partStraight sides were the most practical option as it allowed models to stand directly agai

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Let's make a wagon fort

Well, it was a thought that had been floating around my head for a while. I had some vague ideas about how I might scratch build a defend-able 'wagon barrier' but had never gone practical with it.No time like the present - about a month or so till Partizan so nothing like a little pressure to focus the mind.How many? (it was a question to self).. four? six?... how about twelve? OK. That's settled, oh, and some portable defences to cover the gaps between too, yeah, fine.I didn't have a plan but I figured if I left one side off the Warfare Miniatures open wagon WLOA905 and built a wooden wall on the other side that the flat bed would provide a good firing step for singly based models without the wagons appearing too enormous and down scaling the battlefield.My materials were simple: stirring sticks from the coffee shop, super glue and the wagon kits from Warfare.. I have access to a few of those.The design was a suck it and see but actually has turned out to be both relatively easy and practical from a gaming p

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Swedish Force from the new BLB3 GNW supplement

Onwards to Vlasivka 1709Trailing the Building your Force section of the new GNW Supplement to Beneath the Lily Banners 3rd Edition, here is the Swedish Force which fights in the example game Vlasivka 1709. The battle is a dramatic walk through the rule amendments for the Swedish army and the game was an extremely close run affair. Shots from the action are included in this post.The Swedes are expensive using the points system and this is the force which arrives in dribs and drabs on the table to overcome a Russian force almost twice its size on the road to Poltava.25 points of Swedish table top powerSwedish Force circa 17091 Veteran-Elite ‘Pike & Shot ’battalion with flintlock muskets, Swedish @ 3.5 points   3.5 points2 Drilled ‘Pike & Shot’ battalions with flintlock muskets, Swedish each @ 2 points       2 points3 Veteran squadrons of ‘Blade’ Horse, Swedish, each @ 3 points               &nbs

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