Sunday, 14 April 2019

Tumbling Dice French Pre-Dreadnoughts

I spotted the latest addition to the Tumbling Dice 1/2400th scale Age of Battleships range yesterday, thirty two pre-dreadnought era warships for the French navy c1883-1909:

I've been eagerly waiting for these to be launched, having heard on the grapevine that they were on the way after the Italian and Austrian fleets, so I will definitely be ordering a few for my pre-dreadnought collection. I have some British and Japanese ships already but some French 'floating hotels' would be fun!

I've been wanting to make use of my lovely new blue sea cloth, so on reflection it really would be more sensible to concentrate on naval projects this Summer, rather than starting something completely new involving loads of figure painting and terrain construction. My naval projects include both the 1/2400 scale ironclads and pre-dreadnoughts plus the Cruel Seas coastal warfare models, amongst other things.

This is a much better idea for all sorts of very good reasons, so The Men Who Would Be Kings will be shelved for the moment. It will be back at some point in the future but I'm now going to concentrate on the nautical stuff, at least until the Autumn. That's not to say that I won't paint a tank or two to finish off What a Tanker! or perhaps paint some 1/600th scale planes, but these will be on the sidelines.


  1. Stop tempting me with more stuff ;)

  2. most French pre-deadnought instead of the usual 1 turretx2 guns at the front and 1x2 guns at the back had 4x1 gun turrets: 1 front, 1 back, 1 each side.

    It only gave them 3 guns shooting from the flank but also 3 from the front or rear, so that their was no benefit to crossing their T.

    What I don't get is how come they never thought of making it 4x2 guns instead…

  3. Trust the French to be different!

    (I'm allowed to say that as my wife is French, so I speak from experience!)

  4. I really need to crack on with my RJW ships ... which rules are you planning to use?

  5. Good the moment Broadside and Salvo or Naval Thunder Rise of the Battleships but I have some other options too.



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