Saturday, 28 July 2018

By Sea and River in 1/600th

It's been way too hot and sunny to be sitting indoors painting, so I have yet to start on the 1/2400th scale ships for the 1864 project, let alone magnet basing any 1/600th scale Battle of Britain aircraft. I have, however, been reading up on the rules for both projects, with particular reference to Broadside and Ram by David Manley, which is the set I'll be using for the Second Schleswig War. I have also downloaded the By Sea and River supplement for the Dahlgren and Columbiad rules, with a view to finally starting a riverine and coastal ACW ironclad project in 1/600th scale. 

Over the last decade or so I've been gradually acquiring a shedload of Peter Pig and Thoroughbred models for this, with a long term plan to sort out some riverine and coastal wargaming. I must have upwards of twenty ships for the Confederates and Union, both sea going warships and river gunboats, so I have no shortage of kit. The Peter Pig models are cheap and cheerful, while the more expensive Thoroughbred models are absolutely stunning. I used to have some Navwar 1/1200th scale ironclads for the ACW years ago but I have no idea where they are now, so it's 1/600th scale instead. 

I would use 1/1200th scale if I was starting out, especially as the Rod Langton models are so nice, but I have too many of the Peter Pig and Thoroughbred models now to start again in a smaller scale. I will dig them out when I get home and hope to start on a new ACW ironclad project at some point in the latter half of the year. I am going to concentrate almost exclusively on naval wargaming for the next six months, with the 1/2400th scale ironclads and 1/600th scale ACW ships at the front of the queue.

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