Thursday, 26 July 2018

Alexander Kircher Naval Paintings

I've been looking for pictures to use as painting reference material for the 1/2400th scale Prussian and Danish warships when I found these paintings by the Austrian artist Alexander Kircher. He was a very successful naval artist and painted a wide selection of scenes depicting Austrian, Prussian and German warships from the 1860's through to the First World War. I'd seen his painting of the Battle of Jasmund before and his depiction of the Battle of Lissa, but not the one with the Prussian paddle steamer and shore landing party, which has given me all sorts of ideas for scenarios. 

Tumbling Dice make a nice set of long boats with crew in their 1/2400th scale Napoleonic range, so that would be a simple addition to the 1864 project. A little background research also revealed that in 1856, the Prussian paddle corvette SMS Danzig actually landed a punitive shore party on the Moroccan coast near Melilla, in order to supress a nest of pirates that had been attacking merchant shipping. This led to a skirmish in which seven men were killed and several wounded, including Prince Adalbert of Prussia, the supreme commander and founder of the Prussian Navy itself. This is apparently the scene depicted in the painting.

Now there's a scenario!


  1. Beautiful paintings! The shore party scenario begs to be gamed.

  2. Not sure what scale you would do it in but 15mm or 28mm would be effective, with smaller scale ship model off shore?

  3. I think so. 28mm would do the trick, perhaps using Sharpe Practice rules which covers the period up to the ACW.



15mm Sci-Fi / Near Future (85) 28mm English Civil War (19) 28mm Future Wars (8) 2mm ECW (1) 633 Squadron (9) Achtung Kommando! (19) ACW (12) Adventures in Jimland (8) Aeronef (11) Air War C21 (24) Air War Over Khalkhin Gol (1) Aircraft (14) AK47 (340) Aliens (13) Ancients (8) Arab Revolt (4) Atlantic Wall (29) Back of Beyond (198) Bag The Hun (375) Bag The MiG (109) Battlegroup (1) Battleship Command (2) BKC (65) Black Ops (13) Boardgames (50) Bolt Action (153) Books (312) Britain's Small Wars (87) Chain of Command (106) Check Your Six! (2) Coastal Warfare (120) Cold War (21) Crom (2) Cry Havoc (7) CY6 Jet Age (11) Darkest Africa (66) Desert Spitfires (21) Disposable Heroes (2) Dragon Rampant (13) Dropzone Commander (1) Duel of Aces (4) Dux Britanniarum (8) Fire and Steel (2) Fistful of Lead (72) Five Men at Kursk (4) Flames above the Falklands (4) Flashpoint Alto Cenepa (37) Flashpoint Baltic (41) Flashpoint Fleet Air Arm (10) Flashpoint PVO (17) Flashpoint Taiwan (40) Fortifications (23) France's Small Wars (41) French Indian Wars (7) French Resistance (4) Frostgrave (7) Full Thrust (25) Galactic Heroes (11) Gangsters (2) Gaslands (10) Gladiators (44) Hind Commander (1) HOTT (3) HYW (4) IABSM (36) Imaginations (13) Imperial Commander (13) Impetus (11) In Her Majesty's Name (4) Indo China / Vietnam (62) International Naval Wargaming Day (10) Iron Cow (29) Iron Cross (12) Iron Stars (2) Ironclads (108) Journals (35) Knights of the Sky (45) Lethal Skies (2) Lion Rampant (24) Luft 46 (2) Maurice (4) Mexican Revolution (23) MiG Alley (101) Missile Threat (1) Napoleonic Naval (19) Naval Command (5) Naval Thunder (16) No Go Zone (2) Normandy Firefight (27) NUTS! (2) Old West (119) Pirates (106) PITS (20) Post Apocalypse (30) Pre-Dreadnoughts (42) Rapid Fire (58) Rate of Fire (14) Saga (51) Samurai (23) Sandbox Skirmish (59) Saurian Safari (52) Scramble for Britain (7) SCW (11) Sharp Practice (3) Shipwreck! (1) Shows (67) Strontium Dog (13) Sturmovik Commander (1) Target Locked On (105) The Football War (33) The Men Who Would Be Kings (7) Three Musketeers (5) Thud Ridge (1) VBCW (86) Victory at Sea (53) War in El Dorado (2) What a Tanker (68) Wings at War (159) Zulus! (7)