Thinking about the possible naval aspects of the ongoing First Blacklands War, I had at first in mind to use my Age of Imperialism fleets - 6 grey (Hellenic) and 6 purple (Turcowaz), and my ultra-simple naval rules (see e.g. the Battle of Jasper Roads). But every now and then, I catch the 'naval construction' bug, and, somewhat inspired by Bob Cordery's account an action between Greek and Turkish fleets (see Gridded Naval Wargames), began a small ship-building programme.
|An early play test of my simple naval rules for these|
little ships. The Porphyrian fleet attempts to
force a blockaded narrow strait...
What I wanted were vessels that would 'fit' within a 10cm grid space, but at the same time, yet retaining a kind of 'large model' presence. So, following one of Bob's suggestions - which fell in with my own inclinations - I decided upon 'cartooning' the ships. It worked out very approximately to scaling the ships to 1:1000 in length and 1:450 in the beam. The superstructural detail I'd work out as I went.
Last week, I traced three of the 'capital' ships (rather generously adding cruisers to that grade of vessel) on 9 or 10mm balsa, but didn't really begin construction until 3-4 days ago. The pictures show where I have got so far.
|Turcowaz Navy: modelled upon the Ottoman Turkish,|
|Turcowaz Navy: Turgut Reis leading Messudieh|
flanked by destroyer/torpedo boats Muavenet and Yadigar
|Hellenic navy: modelled on the Greek, c.1912|
|Hellenic Navy: Hydra leads Lemnos, flanked by destroyer/ |
torpedo boats, Panthir (Leopard) and Ierax (Hawk).
To do: sand off the rough edges (weather prohibitive at the moment - I need to be outside to do this). Seal the wood. Paint. Flags and pennants, maybe.
To add: Cruisers Georgios Averoff (Hellenic) and Hamidieh (Turcowaz), and possibly a second Turgut Reis (named Hayreddin Barbarossa) to the Turcowaz fleet. Going by the histories of the respective navies, the vessels I have here seem slightly superior. And extra pre-dreadnought on the Turkic side would probably balance things up.
If anyone has suggestions as to what colours to paint these vessels, I'd very much welcome them!