Some of my friends are into a game called Check Your Six. WW2 plane v plane combat. For some of their scenarios sinking a ship is part of the victory conditions. There is a series of scenarios around attacks on the IJN Nisshin – a submarine/seaplane carrier – in 1942. I’ve been wanting to build a 1/700 ship model so I volunteered to do this.
It’s been 40 years since I made a 1/700 model. I have to say, “Hats-off” to guys who build 1/700 ships. It was a lot of fun but all those small parts require an incredible amount of patience and skill. Guys who do it well impress me tremendously now.
This kit is by Fujimi. It’s a really nice kit with a couple of criticisms including one word of warning. I built this kit entirely out-of-the-box. (Well, I lost a couple of 25mm directors to the carpet monster and had to get after market versions, but I need not replace anything with PE or other after-market parts). I have two criticisms of it. The first are the “smoke stacks?” coming out of the midship superstructure. There are four or five little parts on each side that need to be glued into the superstructure. There seems to be a lot of variability about where they will end up, so I’m not entirely sure I got it right. Seems to me it would be a lot easier to cast those as one part that needs to be glued to the superstructure. But maybe casting that part would be too hard?
The forward mast is really a bit of a mess. I should have checked before I put it all together but the instructions indicate that you assemble it all then glue it to the superstructure. THIS WILL NOT WORK. There is a plate on the bottom that goes under the platform on the superstructure and then you connect the front arm of the tripod mast to it after you have slipped that through the hole. Having assembled it all, I couldn’t undo it and ended up just cutting the front arm off half way down. It’s probably fine but pretty annoying. There are these cross bars connecting the rear legs of the tripod to the front leg. They seem really overscale and I couldn’t get them to fit in correctly so they kind of bulge out. Seems like an aftermarket set could help this piece.
Other than that, I was very impressed with the kit. I really like it a lot! Everything went together really well. I really need to practice patience in getting things lined up correctly. When you look at the rest of the pics you’ll see some things that could be aligned better.
I think I’ll touch up the painting on the planes. They looked ok through my magnifier but this shows they need a little work around the edges of the wings.
I’m offering three regiments of 28mm SYW Saxon Chevauxleger for sale – each consist of 12 figures including command figures, based, and with the appropriate flag. The miniatures are Eureka miniatures. I’d like $120 each and $20 for postage in the Continental US. If you buy all three I’ll pay postage.
First up is the Price Karl Chevauxleger.
Next is the Prinz Albrecht Chevauxlegers.
And finally the regiment Graf Bruhl
Except for the monks, the figures are all Wargames Foundry. I’d like $425 for the whole lot – that includes postage in the continental US. Drop me a note at aphillathehun at yahoo dot com if interested.
There is a warlord.
There are 8 armored warriors that could be two groups of hearthguard or another group of warriors.
There are three groups of 8 unarmored warriors.
Two groups of 12 archers.
12 warrior monks and a bard.
This is a 1/48 scale model of a KV-1 made by Hobby Boss. This is the first plastic kit I’ve assembled since I was a teenager probably. It is a great little kit. I’d say it’s done, but I’ve got a couple of things to fix, and I think I may want to do some more weathering.
When I went to do the final assembly, which is really just putting the turret on it, the turret no longer fit. Before I started the painting it fit no problem. I must have squished something somewhere along the line because even after quite a bit of filing it no longer slipped into its hole, and it still doesn’t turn. I’d like to remeidate that, but right now, I just wanted to get it photographed.
There are two weathering things I want to do to it now that I’ve got it all together. First, the treads had a nice bare metal effect on them before and that seems to not be as pronounced so I’ll redo that on the visible treads. And I’d like there to be more dust on the vertical surfaces, in particular the sides of the turret. All the dust is from a mixture of pigments and I’m not convinced that will work that great on the vertical surfaces, so I’ll probably work on finding an oil mixture that gets me a good effect.
The Hobby Boss kit is a charm. There were a couple of small things I didn’t get right, but they aren’t really visible on the finished model so I’m not too worried about that. I’m also working on one of their T-34 kits which is more challenging than this kit was. The main difficulty with this kit was getting the tracks to fit. On the one hand it’s pretty easy, but those final joins were a pain. You can see a little inconsistency in that on the front track on this side.
I’m also not convinced by the rusty exhausts. I know everyone does that, so I did it, but I might repaint them more black or something.
I highly recommend this kit. I’ve been thinking about switching to 1/48 because of the greater realism of the vehicles. I’m not sure how well they will hold up to gaming use though. I don’t want to be repairing it after each game. We’ll see.
A small contingent for A Crown of Paper/A Coat of Steel.
Three stands of archers. And a stand of men-at-arms.
The flags and the livery badges are from Citadel Six. This is Henry Bouchier, Viscount Bouchier, who is an inactive magnate at the start of the 1459 campaign. He might come in on the side of the Yorkists.
I love the green and black and loved the falcon livery banner so much I used it instead of the knot which is the badge on the retinue jackets.
You need a few guns for A Coat of Steel. It’s not certain that you will ever have one in your army, but when you draw well-wishers in the campaign, you might get one. Here is a light gonne:
The crew is from Perry Miniatures. They are fine. The gonne itself is an Old Glory model – a light gun from the old revenge range. I spent a lot of time trying to make the Perry gun that came with the crew work, but it just didn’t get there.
This is the Perry Miniatures bombard. This model required a lot of work, but in the end it’s pretty nice.
I’m not convinced I did the best job on the guys pulling up the mantlet with the rope. Lead ropes are hard to work with. That part came out kind of passably though, so I’m good with it. I love the model. The bombards and those support blocks behind them were really clean. The rest of the figures you see here took a considerable amount of work to clean up the flash.
I put them in red so sort of Warwick livery-ish but non-descript enough that I could use them for any contingent I hope. I might do some in blue and white also.
Ouch. Now I see that I missed a part on painting the sides of the bases I’m going to have to touch up.
More Perry WotR plastics. I made this group up as levy longbowmen. I kind of hated using them as levy as I’d like to use all those figs with livery jackets as liveried longbowmen. But I painted a few of them up in shades of brown to depict levy. I also used heads without helmets for these guys mostly. The main purpose of this is to be able to distinguish them from retinue archers in Coat of Steel. I really wish Perry would make some suitable figures as levy but alas.
The figures are great and easy to paint up like this – no livery badges to fiddle with. I’ll need lots of them eventually.
In A Crown of Paper/A Coat of Steel magnates can raise levies in the various counties. Most of them are archers but in the north and west you can also raise a lot of spearmen and in the south you can raise a lot of bills. So I’ll need levies to use for each of these. None of them are as good at what they do as retinues, of course, but numbers should count for something. I have a couple of bills and a few spears done up, will post them here eventually.