Friday, 19 December 2014

From RoyW - 1/600 ACW Naval Blockade Runner (18 Points)


Hello everyone,

This post sees my first submission to the Naval Race Duel / Side Challenge. The model shown is a 1/600-scale, Peter Pig American Civil War, Confederate Blockade Runner "AD Vance", from their Range 7 "Hammerin Iron" collection.

Of note: I've modified / converted the original stock model by creating a textured base, repositioning the pilot house (at least I believe it to be the pilot house), created the various masts and the flag.

  • The base is MDF and polyfilla, then painted. 
  • The masts are steel pins glued together, and drilled into the model.
  • The 'rigging' is an approximation on the actual, and is done by using needlecraft thread (thanks mum!). The holes drilled into the resin model were actually to thread the 'rigging' through, but after a quick attempt I gave that method up and simply pulled taut and superglued the ends of the thread to the painted model. Painting over the glue and thread where needed, afterwards.
  • Lastly, the flag was made from ordinary paper. The design painted upon it with normal paints and, once dry, it was liberally coated in white (PVA) glue. The glue dries clear and stiffens the paper, allowing for it to be bent as if 'in a wind'.

The model has been painted up as a generic vessel, not the AD Vance.

 This photo is to give Curt, and other readers an idea on the scale of the piece.
The comparison figure is a 28mm Wargames Foundry Gladiator 
(although at this angle it's as much use as a chocolate teapot!).






From Curt:
Oh, this is wonderful work Roy. I for one am really enjoying these 1/600 naval entries as it reminds me of the games of 'Smoke on the Water' that I used to put on for the Fawcett Ave crew years ago. I think you've done a marvellous job on the modifications/improvements to the 'AD Vance'. The rigging looks crisp and taught and I really like the tone of the wood planked decks. Beautiful. 
This Confederate blockade runner will give Roy 18 points. Again, great work.


33 comments:

  1. As I have play "Hammering Iron" I must say I am impressed with this model. So much better than the ones we use. Now I can see what it should look like. Excellent model.

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    1. @Clint: Thank you.

      I've got to say that the Edinburgh Wargames website (Angus Konstam) is who I've copied my models upon, and without their displays I wouldn't know what to do.

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  2. Superb work Roy - the color choices are superb and I like the waves on the base. It is a very admirable first entry to our challenge. I see that I will have to up my game now!

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    1. @jmilesr: Thank you.

      I've a fair distance to go to catch you up. CSS Merrimack / Virginia next.

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  3. Great basing work. I'm loving these 1/600th-scale steamer ships!

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    1. @David Larkins: Many thanks.

      Yes, 1/600 -scale certainly has an elegance of its own. Surprisingly, I find them easier to paint than the smaller naval scales, though obviously they take a little longer to finish.

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  4. These naval entries are really impressive. Well done! Rigging work? I can't even glue a track properly on a 1/72 tank model...

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  5. Very nice job. I am enjoying the naval themes this year

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  6. Very cool - the basing and the rigging really set it apart. Terrific work. Fans of this period might want to check out the GMT game Rebel Raiders on the High Seas, one of my fav wargames of 2014.

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    1. @Michael Peterson: Thank you.

      I'll give Rebel Raiders on the High Seas a looking up :)

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  7. The amount of effort, customisation and detail you've added to a stock model is superb mate. This small scale naval challenge is really bringing out the top drawer entries. Keep them coming!

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    1. @Michael Mills: Thank you.

      I can assure you, that seeing the painted output of yourself, and some of the others that have posted so far, has me impressed and not just a little envious :)

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  8. Nice one! You've really put some effort into it.

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    1. @Moiterei_1984: Thanks.

      Yes, this model was a labour of love.

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  9. @Curt: Thank you for your kind words.

    Yes, Smoke on the Water is actually the rules that the model is based for, though I'm yet to paint the 'dots' on the base, which I'll probably apply to the edges and not spoil the water effect.

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  10. The painting and model work is so good I thought it was rather larger than life. Very nice indeed

    Ian

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  11. Lovely little ship! With all these little ships popping up it is getting hard to resist! I may have to did up my old ACW tile game of naval combat. Perhaps that will dull the urge!

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    1. @david bromley: Thanks.

      With me, it's Victorian Science-Fiction using "In Her Majesty's Name" rules. I doubt I'll resist, and I'll end up buying in the New Year :)

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  12. Great painting work, and a really great model!

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  13. Nice work, Roy!

    And Curt, I was just thinking about your game the other day - wishing to have a go at it again.

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  14. That's some skillful work with the masts etc. Really good result with such a small ship. cheers

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    1. @The Kiwi: Thank you for your kind words.

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  15. Great job Roy, I think your basing really sets it off.

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