Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Gunboat Diplomacy 1864
I assembled some Tumbling Dice 1/2400th scale British and French ironclads a few years ago for a 'what if?' war in the 1860's but didn't get past the black undercoat stage before wandering off to other things. I found the models over the weekend, so decided to use the appropriate ones as the basis of a Royal Navy punitive force that just might have been dispatched to the Baltic in 1864, in order to deter the dastardly Prussians and support the plucky Danes.
I could add some more to this flotilla but I think HMS Warrior, let alone HMS Royal Oak, would have been more than sufficient as a deterent message. I have also included a screw sloop, HMS Greyhound, to act as a patrol and dispatch vessel or even as a potential trigger for an incident. I quite like this 'What if?' addition to the project, although I really should start painting the ships that I already have assembled!