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whitejamest16 Nov 2016 9:02 a.m. PST

Hi folks, I wanted to share pictures of something I was experimenting with recently.

1:2400 ships are a great gaming scale, as it lets you create large fleet actions in a small area, but I've not really been satisfied with my brushwork in this scale in the past. I've never been able to create a good checkerboard pattern on the hulls. I just don't have that kind of brush control.

Recently I was working on some of War Artisan's excellent paper kits, and it occurred to me that since the graphics can be scaled down to whatever scale you like, this might offer another option.

I scaled one of Jeff's paper kits down to 1:2400 (actually I had to change the length and width ratios because his paper models are far more accurate in their dimensions than the Tumbling Dice miniatures) and then cut off the side panels and glued them directly to the metal miniature. A pretty simple process, and I was very pleased with the look.

Between the beauty of Jeff's artwork and the great sturdiness of the Tumbling Dice models, I think it's a happy combination.

As many of you know, you can find Jeff's awesome kits here. If you haven't checked them out before, you should definitely take a look. They're extremely impressive.

Here are some more photos of the kit combination on my blog:



Bozkashi Jones16 Nov 2016 12:03 p.m. PST

That's a pretty neat match up with lovely result.

Might have to give that one a go – though I have rather too many projects on the go at the moment…

thanks for sharing,


Jcfrog16 Nov 2016 2:08 p.m. PST

Beaties; you are very talented and your site is a nugget.

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2016 2:25 p.m. PST

My wife says "Those are so beautiful." My wife is correct.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek
Bunker Talk blog

afilter16 Nov 2016 2:31 p.m. PST

Looks great!

Can I ask what is the dimension of the base. looking to possibly use 1/2400 with WSIM.


whitejamest16 Nov 2016 3:04 p.m. PST

Thanks very much guys, I'm glad you like it.

Afilter, the dimensions of the base on this one are 12mm by 43mm.

Allen5716 Nov 2016 4:21 p.m. PST

What do you print the checker on? I tied this and no matter what I did the glue bled through and made the print very washed out. Yours are wonderful.

whitejamest16 Nov 2016 6:16 p.m. PST

Hi Allen, I'm not sure what the brand of the paper was, as I printed it at FedEx, but I just selected their basic laser printer paper. Probably the denser and smoother the paper the better. I used Loctite liquid super glue, for what that's worth.

devsdoc26 Nov 2016 4:27 p.m. PST

Nice one James.
I've just dry-brush the hulls to get the chequered look.
Be safe

Volunteer Fezian05 Jan 2017 10:10 p.m. PST

Excellent idea James! Very nice result. Kudos to Jeff for his very precise artwork.

whitejamest07 Jan 2017 11:15 a.m. PST

Thanks very much Vol. Yes, Jeff's awesome artwork has been a godsend. I was going to go crazy if I had to paint the ports freehand.

Once I've got enough of these little guys done up I'm looking forward to using them in Flying Colors and Close Action (depending on how many players I have for a given game). For 1/1200 ships Post Captain has become my go-to set of rules.

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