Thursday, February 04, 2010

Change of Pre-Dreadnought Plans --    

Some time back I had a post about my plans for some 1/1000 scale naval gaming.  Well, I ordered a few of the Houston ships from Great Endeavors . . . two Russian and two Japanese battleships as a start.

My plan was to build up to the Battle of the Yellow Sea (Russo-Japanese War).  That was my plan.

Plans change.

A few weeks ago I noticed an ad on Bartertown from a fellow looking to sell a collection of Houston ships . . . some painted, some primed and some still in their boxes.  Well, he was asking a very reasonable price (well under current retail) . . . so I bought them.

There were no Japanese ships and only one Russian ship (duplicating one that I already had) . . . but there were a bunch of American and Spanish ships, some British, Chinese, French and Italian ships . . . a real mix . . . not something for any historical battle.

So what do I do now?

Paint them up and play with them is all that I can think of at the moment . . . just have fun.

-- Jeff

PS,  I've had a very sore knee for close to a month.  Doc says that it cartilage and if I ice it and treat it nicely it will hopefully settle down.  Well this morning I woke up with gout attacking the ankle on the same leg . . . so I'm on pain meds and gout medication . . . and I'm zonked . . . perhaps when I'm no longer on the pain meds I'll figure out what to do with my Pre-Dreads.


Capt Bill said...

Jeff, Some years ago, I was a student at the Naval War College and the students were tasked to scratch build WWII ships to refight famous battles. We used Janes Fighting Ships to zerox side views and deck plans to build the ships from balsa wood. It was great fun seeing a bunch of senior naval officers crawling around the floor of Nimitz Hall pushing little ships around. I still have the ships somewhere. Thanks for the memory...

marinergrim said...

There's a novel called "Bullers Guns" which deals with the late Imperial Royal Navy & describes life aboard very neatly (even if the novel contains little of a real story). With all the political shennigans going on in the late 19th cent I don't think it would be too far to stretch to imaginary battles - afterall the game "Diplomacy" is based in the same period isn't it?

Fitz-Badger said...

One word - ImagiNations! ;)

Hope you feel better soon!

Frankfurter said...

Pre Dreads?
Heck, I'd dread to be in your condition now ... though mine is fairly similar, LOL

Glad you had such a nice find!