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yarkshire gamer01 Dec 2016 9:07 a.m. PST

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Hail Fellows Naval Wargaming Dudes,

A quick post covering this lovely WW1 ships from WTJ, the original Ark Royal Carrier.

Some great detail on this model, a must for any WW1 Naval collection I'd say.

Regards Ken
The Yarkshire Gamer

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2016 1:26 p.m. PST

Now you've done it! You're going to have to add rules for WWI naval aerial warfare. Pandora's box has been opened and the winged things are out….

Nice looking model, BTW. :-)

- Ix

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2016 4:23 p.m. PST

I have to ask: how did you do the insignia on the planes?

I painted up a batch of 1/1200 scale Fairey Swordfish earlier this year for a WWII naval game. I had a riot painting them, until I got to the insignia, then I felt like starting a riot. The tiniest brush is too big, the finest pen tip still produces ink that's too runny, the most powerful magnifier is too weak, my hand is too shaky… Oof. If I have to do early US WWII insignia (Wildcats and Dauntless and Devastators, oh my!), that star with the bars on the sides, I think I'll go insane faster than reading aloud the incantation to summon Cthulhu.

- Ix

yarkshire gamer01 Dec 2016 4:46 p.m. PST

Hi Yellow Admiral,

By hand with a paint brush I'm afraid, big (relatively) dollop of blue followed by a drop of white and a smidgen of red in the middle. I'm not 100% happy with them and could have gone over them time and time again but they look fine at normal eyesight ranges, these close up photos do keep me on my toes.

Are decals practical at that scale ? I just don't know, anything other than a basic roundel would be pretty impossible.

Regards Ken
The Yarkshire Gamer

hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2016 5:23 p.m. PST

Nice job, Yarkshire Gamer. :-)

Yellow Admiral:

You can do it with a small brush and magnifier. These are 1/1200 from my Air War days, done with Humbrol. The paint has to be just the right consistency for fine work like this, however. The Iraqi insignia is a painted green triangle with a red dot in the center. There are also insignia on the sides, hidden by the stand on the right-hand model. Using a brush, if you make a minor error, you can touch up the border with the base color.

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