So naturally, I started thinking about making wooden toys. To be specific, a mighty battle flotilla to use playing floor games. A project which, startlingly, turned out to be so simple even a hippo could do it. Although a hippo was not on hand to record the events. I'll try to get step-by-step pics next week.
Anyway, here are some pretty pictures of potent naval units, rendered in pine with cunning.
There are two 'fleets' - the 'High Fo'c'sle' fleet and the 'Forward Battery' fleet. I wanted the two fleets to be visually distinct, so the shapes are very different and they have various common styling cues. I'm also planning on staining them different colours.
|A High Fo'c'sle destroyer showing the characteristic turtle-deck. Yes, I know real Torpedo Boat Destroyers had shorter turtle decks, but they look so cool I wanted a bigger one|
|One of two High Fo'c'sle Cruisers. The turrets still need some work, and the bridge has not yet been fitted.|
|The same from the rear with guns trained to port.|
|These are the two freighters I have made for escort scenarios. They are affectionately known as the Bootle Bum Trinket and Boaty McBoatface.|
|The Forward Battery cruiser. As with the others, the turrets still need work.|
|This is the High Fo'c'sle battleship. I have to trim the turret pins and then add the super structure.|
|Forward Battery battleship.|
|Here we see the Forward Battery fleet steaming to action. I have not yet built the second cruiser.|
|And here's the High Fo'c'sle fleet. Note that I only have six turrets which have barrels at the moment, I ran out of time to drill the gun holes. And yes, I know you can see a hole there - it's the wrong size. I need to re-drill them.|
Well, there you are. That's what I've been doing.
Although it's not. I'm also working on the next ishoo (incidentally also a comission piece) and an exciting project which will be featured in the next issue of The Campaigner Magazine AND debuted at Little Wars.