Sunday, August 7, 2011

USS Kearsarge & CSS Alabama Painted

 I've finished the basic painting for both the Kearsarge (on the right) and the Alabama (on the left).  The painting came out fine although I think I was a little heavy handed on the weathering.  I may touch up the Kearsarge to make her a bit "brighter".  The next modeling step will be to seal the models (after waiting 24hrs for the paint to dry) and then adding the rigging.  I have some photo-etched ratlines from White Ensign Models which I'm also going to try.  The models are from Thoroughbred Miniatures and are really top notch.

 Here's the CSS Alabama.  The hull was painted Basalt Grey (Vallejo 70869).  When she met up with the Kearsarge for her fateful duel she was at the end of a long raiding cruise so I've tried to model her with a lot of "sea-wear"

The USS Kearsarge looks a little too weathered - I think I'll repaint the mast bottoms to make her a bit less dingy.  The Kearsarge is 5.5' inches long.  From an aesthetic perspective, I think the Kearsarge is a "prettier" ship than the Alabama.

This will likely be the last wargaming / modeling post for a bit as I'm off with my son and his Boy Scout Troop to Sea Base in the FL Keys.  After that, robotics season starts up and I loose the game table to a greater good!


Paul of the Man Cave said...

Nice ships! Enjoy the scouting :-)

Adelaide Gamer said...

These look nice.

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

Nice looking ships!


The Angry Lurker said...

Nice painting on something that small , good work.

DeanM said...

Nice work; they look very well-detailed. BTW, I just played a game and commanded the Kearsage. We used "Ironclads" for rules. Best, Dean

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

Talk about coincidence - I was in Cherbourg yesterday (day trip with the family) and while we were there we went to visit the Cite de la Mer attraction (history of submarines and submarine exploration)... either way, in the foyer was a cannon recovered from the Albemarle! Until that time I hadn't even realised that the battle had taken place!