Further to the naval developments described in my previous posting, I have added one vessel to the Hellenic (Greek) navy, and made modifications to one of the Turcowaz (Ottoman).
The Hellenic now boasts the fine armoured cruiser Georgios Averof, heavily armed and armoured, and a fast sailor. Apparently the Greeks themselves were so proud of this addition to their naval strength, they classed this ship a battleship. From what I can discern from the naval actions in which she served, it seems they used her as such, and all. I made this ship yesterday.
|HNS Georgios Averof at sea.|
It was whilst perusing a number of sources (thanks to Neil Patterson and Bob Cordery) that it began to dawn on me that I had got the Turkish vessel Messudieh wrong, by giving it twin-gun turrets. After some thought I decided the error was fixable, and that I'd do something about the broadside casemate guns as well. Here we go...
|Turcowaz coastal battleship Messudieh|
after its 'refit'.
Yes, a much improved appearance, methinks. Of course, in the Turcowaz navy, those fore and aft 'main' guns are the real deal, not the 'quaker' guns installed historically.
|Georgios Averof and Messudieh rendering |
passing honours before the War.
Construction, by the way, was from balsa, cotton bud, toothpick and drinking straw. Uniquely, some of Messudieh's casemate guns are bits of wire.
The Turcowaz navy will be receiving two more 'capital' ships - a second pre-Dreadnought of the Turgut Reis type (Hayreddin Barbarossa), and a 'protected' cruiser, Hamidieh.