07 August 2010

Russian ships, part 2

Long time no post - my apologies!

I have put a little time and effort into the ships - the basics of the basing is done for all of the WW1 Baltic ships. I do wish that I had put a little more thought into basing before starting... I started with a thin piece of sheet steel, a commercially available base from Wargames Accessories. After super-gluing all of the ships to these bases, I realized that they were too thin for regular handling. So, I found some old pieces of thick card and cut to size. But, with the card bottom I would not have the pleasure of easy storage using magnets! So, I found an old piece of sheet signage magnet - I have had it for many years - and cut more pieces for the bases. The bases now have three layers and are fairly heavy. You can almost see it here:

That's Bogatyr getting the final, magnet layer. The layers came out a bit uneven; my base-cutting skills are lacking. The bases are quite thick now and should be easily picked up by the average gamer! The magnet bottom will allow me to use steel containers for secure transport, and the metal top might still be useful...

Here is the Russian squadron, so far:

Adm. Makarov, Bogatyr, Oleg, and Bayan in front followed by mighty Rurik and Novik. The older cruisers are almost done, just need to finish off the bases and overcoat.


  1. Interesting post :)

    Nice work with the sea effects

    Too many of my ships are on flimsy card stock :(

    Magnetic bases, high tech, I like it :)

  2. The bases look great. I too have been bitten by the naval bug and am building a WWI set of fleets in 1/2400 scale. I find ship modeling to be a nice change of pace from 28mm figures.

    Will you be adding ship labels (name/type) to your bases?

  3. Hi gents,

    Here is my plan for the bases - another coat of blue, some light blue and white for the wake, and a label of some sort.

    Thanks for stopping in!

  4. Great to catch up on your progress El G!
    Those are looking the business - can't wait to see more.

  5. Should have some pics of the Germans soon!

  6. My plans for basing my 1/2400 RJW Pre-Dreads is to cut some MDF bases (yes thick so they will be handled by the bases) . . . and to print labels to go on the sides of the bases to identify the ships.

    -- Jeff