This blog will will contain my rather pedantic ramblings on my experiences within the miniature war gaming hobby. There will be informative how-to’s, thrilling battle reports and thought provoking editorials. I fully expect that history will one day view the contents of this blog on par with Homer’s Illiad or Newton’s Principalia. Or it's a complete waste of time.
I know that I have been blathering on about the latest shiny new object, Saga. However, in a fit of unfamiliar discipline, I decided I needed to finish at least one existing project before starting another. I had some minor rigging and repair work to do on my 1/1200 Napoleonic fleet mini's (all Langton models) so I selected those to be "done". The first picture shows my British fleet which consists of one powerful First Rate (HMS Victory), 5 Third Rates (74's), 1 Third Rate w/ 64 guns (HMS Agamemnon) and two 44 gun Frigates. I play with the Trafalgar rules and this is a very deadly force.
Opposing the Brits is the French Fleet (naturally). The French are lead by a Second Rate (Bucentaure), 6 Third Rate 74's and 2 44 gun Frigates. 9 ships in total. The Bucentaure (first ship, lower left corner) has been my favorite build yet.
In addition to the Brits and French, I have a small fleet of 4 Spanish ships, including the mighty Santisima Trinidad (with a whopping 140 guns). There is also a small US fleet consisting of 2, 74 gun Third Rates and a 44 gun Frigate (USS Constitution). I plan on expanding the US fleet as I have a few more models in inventory to build.
Here's a close up of the US fleet. These models feature brass sails rather than the one piece metal sail/masts on the rest of the fleet. Each sail is shaped and applied as a separate part. It's one of the most challenging modeling tasks I've ever tried but the outcome is worth the effort. The entire US fleet will feature brass sails.
I always liked the head on shots of sailing ship games, so I threw one in here. These Langton's look fabulous on the table.
Lastly, here are the ships all in "port" and awaiting to be put up. That's about a year's worth of modeling efforts sitting in a single tray! I haven't figured out a way to transport these models safely. Once I do, I will plan on running a sailing game at one of the HGMS east cons (Fall-In, Cold Wars or Historicon).
Now that I'm up to date on at least one project, it's on to Saga!