Thursday, 23 August 2012

Faraway Fictional Fleet Frolics

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.
Added 29/08/12:   'Fatman' on TMP has correctly identified the mystery bomber as a Junkers Ju290.


David Crook said...

Hi Tim,

Many thanks for sharing these - they look really impressive and I reckon I am sold on your painting technique!

Love the helicoptered admiral!

All the best,


Tim Gow said...

'Technique?' You flatter me sir.

Martin Rapier said...

It seemed wise to go for a quick trip in the helicopter at that point....

Tim Gow said...

Martin Rapier
It was certainly a neatly timed exit!

Peter Douglas said...


Great stuff! WHere did the admiral land?



Tim Gow said...

Peter Douglas
I can't remember exactly - it was seven years ago! There was some mention of courts martial and firing squads....

Archduke Piccolo said...

Said Badger to Bear,
'There are ships over there
'Shall we go bust a few?'
Said Bear to Badger,
'A swift kick to the nadger,
'I don't mind if I do!'
I found this posting called forth the poetic muse. Or someone posing as her...

Archduke Piccolo said...

The admiral died
in his chopper he fried
as the Bear and the Badger flew by.
Helicopter crashed
as the gunfire flashed
and blew him clean out of the sky.

Well - so the Poet Laureate Juan delHuey of Gran Bolivaria records. We shall probably discover that the Gran Bolivarian propagandists, far from generous with the truth, are decidedly stingy with it...

Tim Gow said...

Archduke Piccolo
Excellent verses Ion. I shall expect similarly high quality poetry to accompany all future game reports...

Paul said...

Ok Tim is it the bomber from the axis and allies game?

Tim Gow said...

No, but thanks for having a go. It is a 1/1200 scale Hallmark metal casting....