Tuesday, 7 February 2012

The 'Monopoly' Battleship: Some inspiring images

I have found the following images that capture the 'look' I want to achieve with what I have termed my 'Monopoly' Battleship models (i.e. model warships that have or convey the same style or 'look' as that found on the warship counter used in the game of 'Monopoly').




These are all late nineteenth century illustrations from books and magazines.

10 comments:

  1. Very inspiring! But they'd all look pretty silly in Oxford Street...

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  2. Tim Gow,

    True ... but so do a very large dog and top hat.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  3. Bob

    I love the paintings. Clearly the artist in the one shot has never tried to stand on the foredeck of a small craft moving at speed through ocean swells - let alone use binoculars while doing so. In reality I expect that the officer would be positioned further aft, and using 3 limbs to cling onto something solid! I also think he'd be dressed a lot more scruffily and soaking wet!

    And I've actually seen large dogs and tops hats on Oxford Street!

    PD

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  4. Hi Bob,

    Stirring stuff! I am looking forward to how you model this little lot!

    All the best,

    DC

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  5. Peter Douglas,

    Unrealistic ... Yes! Stirring ... Undoubtably!

    I love the images from this era because they are all about what people imagined things should be like, not their actuality.

    All the best,

    Bob

    PS. And I thought that I was being so clever when I made my remark about large dogs and top hats!

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  6. David Crook,

    I hope to do some more work tomorrow on the formers and moulds I hope to use to make these models. Once I am happy that they will work and produce consistent hull shapes I will start my production line.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  7. Good stuff, Bob ! I particularly like the image of the New York with all guns blazing.

    BTW, as I now recall, the image you posted before isn't the novelty Monopoly battleship paperweight I was thinking of - it has an image of the little cane-toting tycoon on the bow.
    http://s6.thisnext.com/media/largest_dimension/7466B4F8.jpg

    Regards,
    Steve

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  8. Corporal_Trim (Steve),

    It is a very stirring (and inspiring) image, isn't it?

    I have seen the image you have sent the url for, and rejected it because of the of little cane-toting tycoon on the bow.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  9. You can't beat the 19th century magazine illustrators.

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  10. Conrad Kinch,

    How true ... and their illustrations convey so much more than photographs from that era.

    All the best,

    Bob

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