Tuesday, December 9, 2008

15mm Merchant Ship


A few years ago the Brigadista was planning a massive game based on the 1936 invasion of Majorca during the Spanish Civil War. For some reason, I volunteered to build some ships to carry the Republican invasion force. The ships would be usable with 15mm figures and had to be large enough to look the part, but no so large as to dominate the table. Building 1/100 scale ships was out of the question.

Here are pictures of the first ship I built, which was scratchbuilt using balsa and styrene. It has no real prototype. I looked at some photos of early twentieth century merchant ships and Eric Burgess was kind enough to end me some photos of some model ships that had been built by Mal Wright. If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, then this ship is a little monument to the great modeling Mal does.

The size of the ship was based on the design philosophy described on the excellent Major General's Colonial Wargames page. It's about 10 inches long and 2 inches wide. It's pretty much a caricature of a real ship. 




Here's the ship with some 15mm figures for reference.


I wish I had come up with a catchy name for this ship, but so far I haven't. I guess I'm just waiting for the right inspiration.  Anyone have any suggestions?

3 comments:

Alan said...

HMS Cardinal Sin

Brigadista said...

Ah, yes, the ill-fated "Invasion of Mallorca", by which, of course, I mean my game, and not the actual military operation. Come to think of it, I'm not sure which one went worse for its respective organizers. Spearhead was a lousy choice, but local politics forced my hand...

Still, Chris is holding out. His merchant ship is nice, 'tis true, but it cannot hold a candle to his 15mm destroyer.

Alfred T. Mahan said...

The Brigadista cannot be serious when he says he was forced to consider Spearhead over the far-more-entertaining SCW variant of the Kalashnikov?

As for the ship's name, I suggest Objetivo de Los Nacionalistas.

Viva El Caudillo!