Saturday, July 31, 2010

First Painting of Panzerschiffe's

Well I have now painted a dozen of the 1/2400 scale Panzerschiffe Russo-Japanese War ships.  I had ordered the six major ships for each side for the Battle of the Yellow Sea.

As I believe I have mentioned at times, I have chosen to use pre-war (or transitioning to war) color schemes rather than  the boring gray gray gray of wartime painting.


Because my eyes are not the best and I wish to be able to easily distinguish the vessels of various nations.

As can be seen by the photo above (click on it for a larger image), I have painted the Japanese ships with their black hulls and funnels, and white superstructure and turrets.  The Russian ships have dark cinnamon brown hulls, khaki superstructure, ochre funnels and dark gray turrets . . . which approximates the reports of the Pacific Squadrons early in the war.

On the left you will see all twelve ships.  The Russians are on the top; with the Japanese vessels below.

By the way, I do know that the Russian Pacific Squadron had white hulls pre-war, but I'm reserving that for the US "Great White Fleet" which I'll eventually have.

For I have gone through all of the Pre-Dreadnought navies that I might eventually want to own and planned the basic paint scheme of each so that all will be unique unto themselves.

-- Jeff

Friday, July 2, 2010

And So It Begins

I have ordered some 1/2400 ships from Panzerschiffe; and some 1/3000 ships from War Times Journal.  Both groups of ships represented the major ships involved in some Russo-Japanese War battles.

I have done this in order to see how they look to my "old eyes".

From Panzerschiffe, I have ordered the six major ships on each side from the Battle of the Yellow Sea.  While from the War Times Journal, I ordered the seven Armoured Cruisers from the Battle off Ulsan.

This way I will have ships to fight either battle and thus will have a chance to evaluate the two scales to see which I like better.

As to what rules to use . . . well that will be another post.

-- Jeff