It appears that War Times Journal, a producer of 1/3000 naval miniatures, has greatly expanded their selection. By shifting to rapid prototyping methods, several new ships and many old favorites are now available in several scales, 1/1500 (!), 1/1800, 1/2400, and 1/3000.
For more information, please visit their web site here.
Please note that if you are a fan of their pewter miniatures, you should get them while you can as they are being phased out of production in favor of the new material...
01 September 2013
I had intended to continue the wall of text approach with my decision of a genre to pursue more closely. But, I think it makes more sense to just cut to the chase and get going. WW2 naval it is, specifically The Med as a starting point.
Now, does this mean that I am taking the narrow historical account? Nope. The collection will start with some hypothetical French/Italian actions, maybe even as early as 1939. It is my intent to collect the proper forces to do historical battles, but I do not want to be limited to only that approach.
Slowly, this will include the British and Americans as well. Plan Rubber has not been forgotten, but I will not be working on it to a large extent for a year or more.
The task has started already:
The pic above shows what is left of my WW2 naval collection, being re-organized. These are all miniatures from GHQ. Over years past, I sold off all of my completed ships, including a large Italian contingent. Now, I am starting with two battleships, a Littorio class and another BB which I have yet to identify - probably Cesare. One French ship is there - Dunkerque. Two US ships were spared, Arkansas and Texas. Four British ships are waiting - King George V, Hood, Rodney, and Barham. And, a lone German ship - Graf Spee. I have a large quantity of bits from past work, and one can see that they are being organized into a more sensible system.
It is a start, yes, but much more needs to be done. Basing, rules, paints, and more are still to be determined... Clear for action!!!