For all that August was about accomplishment and closure, September has been mostly about confusion and deciding what to do next. I’ve thought about lots of things. Worked on a few more. But I really accomplished little in the painting world.
One thing I did complete was the remaining 15 ships for the Cod Wars. Now I just need to play. These little 1/1250 ships were designed by Decapod of Shapeways. They are resin cast. For small ships they have some nifty details. The Cod Wars rules are by David Manley and are available very inexpensively through Wargames Vault. The game pits the British fishing fleet and their Royal Navy protectors against the Iceland Coast Guard enforcing its self-proclaimed territorial limits. The Iceland player can cut finishing nets, while the Royal Navy tries to ram those ships. Not your typical shoot ’em up in the age of over the horizon anti-ship missiles. I ordered some special counters from Litko. Can’t wait to give ’em a try.
One of the things I’ve thought seriously about is my Tiny Ships project. As with all projects, it’s gone from tiny to pretty dang large. I think when I began all of this I had the following:
- Delphin model of USS Lexington as a battlecruiser (don’t get me started on what a cool miniature this is or how it came to be in my possession.)
- Five Navis American pre-dreadnoughts in white and buff: Oregon, Iowa, Kentucky, Alabama and Virginia
- The light cruiser Chester–1909. Falls outside the range of this project, really
- Two Navis American pre-dreadnoughts after their 1909-1911 refits. In gray with cage masts. Alabama and Idaho. See Chester
- Three Hai models of Bainbridge class destroyers. One Navis Preston, a Smith-class destroyer from 1909
So I began with a stash of ships, a total of 12 in all.
My collection has become larger and more diverse. Not only that but I’ve crossed a line I set in the beginning have added War Times Journal and Brown Water Navy miniatures that require some painting and modeling. It has reduced the cost, but more than that, I’ve really enjoyed the building and painting. I’ve also tried to buy used miniatures wherever possible. I even bought a pair of damaged American battleships, repaired and repainted them.
Americans-I added 26 ships to the American fleet including two battleships, four armored cruisers, two armored ships (Maine and Texas,) nine protected cruisers, a monitor, four gunboats, an armed yacht, a destroyer and two torpedo boats. Some were of the spendy metal variety by Navis, Hai, HL Miniatures and Saratoga Model Shipyards. But increasingly I’ve turned to War Times Journal and Brown Water Navy to fill things out.
Chile-Four ships, including three protected cruisers and a central battery ironclad
Germans-Two battleships, three amored cruisers, one light cruiser and two gunboats
Miscellaneous ships–five mostly Swedish including monitors, torpedo boats and a gunboat.
Spanish–The battleship Pelayo–but more coming.
So, I’ve added a passel of ships to the collection-from 12 to 56 . Let’s just say this project has my attention. I need to add a few more Americans, but I’ll be shifting my attention to the Spanish. The Pelayo is a Hai model, but all the rest will be in plastic or resin. I’m looking at the Spanish American War as well as a hypothetical clash off Morocco in 1904.
Honestly, I finished a grand total of 23 miniatures, all ships this month. That’s not much after some really productive months.
I started working on a couple more things too. I got a good start on 12 Dave Allsop-era Old Glory Civil War figures. I’m going to slowly paint up some figures for Rebels and Patriots. God knows, I have plenty of figures to paint. I’ve also started working on some 1/300 scale Raiden A6M2 Zeroes. I’m having some paint issues I plan to report on soon. Some time this first full week of October they’ll both be done.