For design, I wanted something Iconic, not worrying so much about accuracy. It had to be big, cool, and have turrets that moved! My end choices fell between a WWI (?) British ship the Princess, and a WWI Russian battle ship- the round turrets for the win!
The Princess, the inspiration for the hull and stacks.
The Hatsuse, Clean and cool. Curiosly, I thought she had round turrets...
My new choice of sustainable wood with which to work is poplar. It has a great weight, stronger than pine, comes in various colors - seriously you can get it in a light green- sands well, and is cheap. This thing should "feel" like a mighty battleship when picked up by a 3 year old.
The hull measures 18 inches long and she is just shy of 5 inches wide, and tall.
The business end. My drill caught on the wooden toy wheels I used for turrets,
so a bit of magic sculpt puttysaved the day. Maybe next year for christmas I'll get a vise or a drill press!
I painted the ship with a mix of Reaper Rainy grey and GW space wolves grey acrylic paints, added in some cannon holes and the stack hole, plus the anchors for a bit of detail. I toyed with making the deck wooden, but time constraints left me little time for experimentation. Maybe on the next one.
Top down next to my key board for scale.
|U.S.S. Battley. The lettering isn't bad considering I had a squirmy 3 year old on my lap, who helped with it.|
|The busines end!|
The Pay off! Nolan carried the battleship, named the U.S.S. Battley, number 20,( his current favorite number) for the greater part of the day. I am thinking a Destroyer escort, and maybe a sub next... then a carrier... I had better come up with a rules set for these to be sure!