In most naval rules you need splash markers to indicate fall of shot or damage from shellfire, with Naval Thunder being a good example, where you use splash markers to track ranging in and targeting. I've made some of these before for Victory at Sea but thought I'd make some more, as I won't have enough for scenarios with more than a handful of ships. I've used the same method again, gluing a woodscrew to a circular lasercut mdf base, then texturing with a mix of filler, PVA, acrylic paste and my new discovery, artist's textured gel, for that frothy plume effect. When this lot are fully dry, I'll spray undercoat them white and paint them using the shades that I've used for my ironclad bases, so that they can be used for all of my small scale naval projects.
I've been allowed to buy myself a 6' x 4' Blue Sea cloth from Tiny Wargames as a stocking filler, so that it arrives before the holidays and can be wrapped up to go under the tree well in advance of our habitual trip to the French in laws. I've been after one of these for ages as a companion to the Dark Sea cloth that I bought for my nocturnal coastal forces games. This one will be used for my 1/2400th scale pre-dreadnought project and for other naval things that don't need a dark sea surface like my projected Cold War project in 1/3000th scale, but I will probably keep the original 'stormy waters' cloth for my Baltic and North Sea ironclads, as it just seems more appropriate somehow?
Local wargamer and all round nice chap, Colin, author of the excellent Down Among the Lead Men blog:https://downamongtheleadmen.blogspot.com/….sent me a link to a decal manufacturer in the USA yesterday called Flight Deck Decals. Despite the name, this range includes a wide selection of 1/600th and 1/300th scale aircraft decals. I've ordered a set of 1/600th scale Indonesian Air Force 'pentagons' and some RAF B1 roundels, which I'm hoping will do as a proxy for FAE roundels for the Alto Cenepa war Ecuadorian aircraft. They've already been dispatched, which was very quick, so I'm now waiting for the postie to pop them through the front door in a few days.Result!https://www.flightdeckdecals2400.com/1-600-scale-aircraft-decals
I didn't go to Colours today, which is the first time that I've missed the show in years. It's only forty five minutes up the road but, now that I'm working part time and have far less money to spend, it just isn't a good idea. I'd just buy loads of stuff that I don't really need, can't afford and end up shoving it on top of the lead pile. Instead, I decided to have a good rummage in the aforementioned lead mountain of wargaming 'gubbins' to find something that I could tackle later on this year. It didn't take me long to dig out some Navwar 1/3000th scale Cold War era Soviet and British ships, which I had bought a few months ago, popped in a box and completely forgotten about. These were for a 'What If?' naval clash during the Indonesian Confrontation of the mid-1960's. The Soviet ships represent a fair bit of the Indonesian navy including an ex-Soviet Sverdlov class light cruiser with accompanying destroyer escort. There's some corvettes, submarines and landing craft too.Extensive ResearchThe Royal Navy
These are the latest naval rules from Rory Crabb, based on his modern Naval Command rules system but adapted to the Second World War. I'm keen to try them out but not just yet, as they are a bit more expensive than usual and I am happy wait until they ...