SS Green Island

Here is the latest steam ship I finished . It is the loaded version of the SS Bellota.

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Here are all the ships i did recently for Cruel Seas , by Warlord Games, together with a trawler and a Fairmile D ( both from Warlord)

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Next will be a coastal collier, used in the east coast convoys, and a liner, wich could be used as a troop ship.

HMS Brocklesby

HMS Brocklesby was a Type II Hunt-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. She served during the Second World War, spending much of the time in the English Channel and Mediterranean, taking part in the Dieppe Raid in 1942, and the Allied landings in Sicily and at Salerno in 1943. After the war, she was used as a sonar trials ship until 1963, and was sold for scrap in 1968. More about the ship here .

Here is the model I made of her in a typical coastal camouflage pattern:

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The model is completely scratch build by me . Only the AA weapons and the crew figures are not. Weapons and crew from Heroic and Ros.

And a size comparison with a Fairmile D dog boat by Warlord games:

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Here are all the pictures of the complete build of the ship: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 just start with 1 to see the development from the start.

Next up another merchantman

Coastal Convoys

Just finished reading the book “Coastal Convoys 1939-1945 – The Indestructible Highway”

Very recommended if you are into Cruel Seas. It has dozens of scenario ideas and tells a lot about the colliers and the coasters used in the coastal convoys. abundant information about the escort vessels and the tactics they used and how they changed in the course of the war.

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Very recommended . I read the kindle version. You can get the book here.

The SS Bellota painted and ready for a game of cruel Seas

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The ship is finally painted and ready for gaming.

Here you see SS Bellota as part of a little convoy , for size comparison :

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The other ships are by warlord games.

More pictures about the build 1 2 3 4 5 If you start looking at the links from No 5 downwards you can see the complete build of the Steamer from plan to finish.

 

 

A few more boats for Cruel seas

I painted up some more boats for cruel seas. First up a trawler:

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And two Dog Boats ( Fairmile D):

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The first one is a standard Warlord one .

The second is changed by reducing the torpedo armament and increasing the gun armament:

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Haven’t used them in a game yet . So can’t say if the increased guns are worth it. The models are all from Warlord . Some of the weapons on the second Dog boat are scratch build.

Steam Ship Bellota finally finished

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So this weekend saw the Bellota finished in both versions. I added the missing live boats and davids and the masts and rigging. Only thing to add now is some crew and paint .

Here is the ballast version of the ship:

and the loaded version:

as you can see by adding different vent layouts you can create slightly different versions of the ship.

And both together in one picture. The Warlord trawler for size comparison. Next will be different funnels, the tanker and liner versions.

More Work on the Hunt class Destroyer

I started with the deckhouses and superstructure:

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As you can see I always did a sandwich of extruded polystyrene and card to make it as sturdy as possible. The bridge superstructure and the gun platforms will be done as separate pieces to get rid of the rather large undercuts which would be impossible to cast.

More to follow shortly.