Wednesday, 4 January 2012

HMS Prince of Wales - part 2

PoW is now complete and ready for the games table (or floor!).  My usual painwork consisted of drybrushing over black and the finished ship received a squirt of spray varnish.


CelticCurmudgeon said...

Your ship modelling skills are excellent and inspiring! While I usually collect 1:2400 ships, you inspired me to "scale up" to 1:1200. The ships are basically drawn from the same sources although I did add several destroyers in metal.
What paint color did you use for the wooden deck surfaces?
Again, well done!

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

Warships looked like warships in those days... unlike today....

Remarkably effective painting method for ships - she looks good!

Tim Gow said...

You are far too kind - the kit pretty well assembled itself. The deck is (I think) Vallejo Khaki.

Tim Gow said...

PoW is certainly a 'proper' warship, but I cant get anywhere with the link you sent. The paintwork took about 10 minutes and is very rough. Applying the '3 foot rule' it doesn't look too bad.

Peter Douglas said...


She's a beaut!


Tim Gow said...

Peter Douglas
Thanks - but most of the credit goes to Esci/Revell!

ian drury said...

Inspired by this nautical nonsense, I found myself in Modelzone today, staring at the SINK THE BISMARCK set. When I saw a Revell DUKE OF YORK kit in 1/1200 scale on another shelf, that was that. By the time I was home, megalomania was setting in, realizing that another set would give me Tirpitz, Hipper, another County class and a Hood to convert to Repulse. . .wooop! wooop!

Tim Gow said...

Ian Drury
I'm sure you've already seen this:

Wg Cdr Luddite said...

Need to do it on the cheap ? (Tes, I'm a Yorkshireman).

check this out:

Tim Gow said...

Wg Cdr Luddite
I spotted this a while ago. Looks a bit fiddly for me though!

Paddy said...


Truly beautiful and inspirational stuff. I'm just getting back into there-released Airfix 1:1200 of my youth and combining them with Revell, Mike Yarrow and Magister Militum to build a powerful force of my own.
2 Questions:
Any idea how I would go about getting a 1941 HMS Victorious without spending serious £££ or converting from the Airfix Ark Royal to achieve the same effect?
Do you find the Fletcher-Pratt rules too dependent on range estimatoom and too weak of air power to give a good representatoion of WW2 Naval combat?

Tim Gow said...

I think it'll be out with the sharp knives and filler for you! I don't regard the range estimation as a problem, rather the most exciting and arguable accurate part of the game. Air power is easily included in the game although it's effects may need tweaking - in fairness to FP he was writing in the '30s.

Paddy said...


I think that'll be the way I'll have to go and take the scalpel to my spare Ark Royal from the Bismark set - sadly I think your skills with knives and filler far outstrip my own. So I'll have to accept an 80% solution! However, the alternatives are a Navis Neptune model at £87 or converting from a £19 resin model of the 1958 version.

Tim Gow said...

Just remember to apply the '3-foot rule'. Or, if your games use the floor. the '6-foot rule'. So get the deck more or less the right shape and the island on the correct side and you've cracked it! Let me know how you get on.

Paddy said...

LOL! Good advice! I'll send you photos when done. However, I've just picked up another Revell DoY and Gneisenau from the local model shop so I'll do those first. If needed I can always play Victorious as an off-table carrier and fly in her Swordfish!


Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

Great build Tim

She's a battle ready battlewagon, when her 14" main armament decides to work all at once ;)

Getting those 14" guns working caused the RN headaches, I read that it wasn't until 1943 a "full" broadside was dependable in battle conditions from any of the KGV's