Following recent email exchanges on the subject of 'modern' naval warfare with David Crook and Paul, I was inspired to dig out and begin painting some more 1/6000 scale ships. These join some 1/1200 WW1 & WW2 vessels on the modelling table. Evidently August is 'Ship Month.' I will post photos of the completed ships as they 'commission.' Perhaps a 'duffers guide' to ship painting might be in order.
Both David and Paul asked me about rules and I suggested the set by Peter Child-Dennis which I found some years ago on David Manley's website. These have been revised since I last looked so I shall need to try them again soon.
The last outing of my 1/6000 ships was documented here but I remembered that I had some pics of an earlier game. So here they are. The game featured two of my fictional South American countries - their harbours filled by opportunist First and Second World arms salesmen. The detail of the scenario escapes me but broadly a Castillian task force was fending off an attack by the Soviet-armed Basque fleet. 1/6000 ships and 1/1200 aircraft models by Hallmark.
|Castillian A7 Corsairs attack Basque Kashin class DDGs|
|The Castillian fleet under way.|
Even Wg Cdr Luddite misidentified this as a Shackleton (a proud moment for me!). 10 points for the first correct identification.
|The initial missile attack scored hits on the Castillian flagship.|
|Admiral Rapier is helicoptered from his stricken flagship....|
....just as the Basque airstrike came in. To save your eyes, they're a Tu16 Badger and Tu95 Bear.