Monday, 19 March 2012

Not seeing the wood because of the trees

Sometimes I am very, very stupid.

(No comments about this statement are required, thank you!)

Some time ago – the back end of 2010 to be more accurate – I built some ironclads (including two central battery ships) for a possible wargame based on the war fought from 1879 to 1883 between Chile on one side and Peru and Bolivia on the other ... The War of the Pacific. I even tried building a torpedo boat to go with the ironclads … and then I got distracted by the possibility of a visit from Ofsted and the development of my PORTABLE WARGAME. The wooden model ships were put into storage … and forgotten about … until this afternoon.

I was actually looking for something else (I now cannot remember what it was!) when I re-discovered these models … and then realised that I need not worry about starting a project to build some ironclads/pre-dreadnoughts as I already had!

The new and the old: The recently built 'cartoon' model of a German pre-dreadnought and four of the model ships built in 2010 for a possible War of the Pacific campaign. Whilst the central battery ironclads look undersized alongside the pre-dreadnought, the torpedo boat does not.
Having found these models it is now my intention to seal them with PVA and to paint them as soon as I can. That way I can justify to myself that the project is underway and that building some inter-war warships as well (whilst the coats of paint are drying) is not diverting me from my nineteenth century naval project.

Problem solved … I think!

14 comments:

  1. My thoughts:
    A wargamer does not "waste" anything he merely invests his time and effort into the piggy-bank of his imagination for the fture at a time yet unknown to him

    My wife's thoughts:
    If only this drive and effort could be put into something akin to saving the world or better still making us rich or mortgage free

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  2. Tim Gow,

    But what are you thinking? As Francis Urquart would say ...

    'You might think that, but I couldn't possible comment.'

    All the best,

    Bob

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  3. Geordie an Exiled FoG,

    I am with you on this ... but I suspect that my wife would think that your wife had got it right!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  4. I prefer the term forward thinking to forgetful

    Looks like you have the makings of quite the fleet.

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  5. Pat G,

    That is a much nicer way to put it!

    The fleet is developing very nicely indeed, and the smaller models have reminded me that I can build small and identifiable model ships that will fit into a Hexon II hex.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  6. Conrad Kinch,

    You got me bang to rights!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  7. Bob,

    Didn't you do some (approx 5-6"?)Great Pacific War ironclads for a game at COW a few years ago? Do you still have the models?

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  8. Nigel Drury,

    I don't want to make you feel old, but I made some many, many years ago (it was in the early 1980s and I used them for a game at a Games Day held in the Royal Agrucultural Halls!) and Tom Mouat and I used them again at COW with a version of the SWAB rules.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  9. I remember the 1898 game with the spud guns which I think was on the centenary, I thought the earlier ironclads were not long before that.

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  10. Nigel Drury,

    You are really making me feel old!

    That must mean that the ironclad game took place at least fifteen years ago!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  11. They all look good, even if the big ship is a suspicious shade of salmon.
    I like them all.

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  12. Mad Padre,

    Many thanks for your kind comment.

    I suspect that the pre-dreadnought looks pinkish due to the lighting (the photograph was taken under artificial lighting that uses halogen spotlight bulbs).

    All the best,

    Bob

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