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Ferreo Cuore24 May 2018 6:51 p.m. PST

Does anyone make 1 / 6000 WWI ships?

if so, anyone have opinion on them?

I'm thinking Jutland, basically.

srgistjr24 May 2018 7:02 p.m. PST

Figurehead makes some amazing 1/6000 ships…everything from freighters to capital ships. They make most major and minor powers. If I remember right, they make Jutland fleet packs. They even make some what-if ships for the war. In my opinion, you can't go wrong with them for that scale. E

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2018 7:57 p.m. PST

The last square has figurehead ships. They actually sell the Jutland fleets. The ships are very nice especially considering how tiny they are.

hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2018 9:20 p.m. PST

Figurehead 1/6000 ships in Jutland game (British BCs and 5th BS). Wakes are chalk, and are proportional to the previous turn's movement. DDs have been removed from their cast-on bases, using my standard procedure as described in TMP.

Note that Google will invalidate these URLs in a couple of days, so hopefully you view them before that.


Ferreo Cuore25 May 2018 5:58 a.m. PST

very interesting – Mr. Hinds, what is your web page / blog? I would like to see more.
much thanks!

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP25 May 2018 8:46 a.m. PST

Here are some pics of my 1/6000 Jutland Fleets:



Yellow Admiral25 May 2018 11:23 a.m. PST

I really liked the Figurehead 1/6000 miniatures, so much that I bought nearly all the vessels of WW1, and most of the "never was" hypothetical BBs and BCs (and because I'm an idiot, two of the German Jutland fleet packs by accident <grumble>).

I painted up the French, Italian, & Austro-Hungarian fleets and a sizeable British Malta fleet (plus the Göben & Breslau) and played quite a few "what if" WW1 Mediterranean fleet actions and some mini-campaigns. I found the miniatures really easy to paint, though I didn't like the bases much, so I made my own. You can see some of the results on my naval gaming web site. I churned out each of the Med fleets in about a week of crafting nights. It's pretty easy to do them on a production line.

I never got around to painting the Jutland fleets, since I never figured out how to play that battle. It was already stretching to put "small" fleets of 6-9 dreadnoughts (plus auxiliaries) on the table.

One of the nicest things about 1/6000 scale is the minimal storage requirements. I fit all of my fleets, dice, rosters, pens, rulers, etc. into a single tool box. The sea cloths and 1+ meter rangefinding sticks had to be carried separately, but that was no big deal.

I also really liked the reduced scale distortion and increased maneuver room. 1/6000 is an excellent scale for fleet-sized maneuvers.

- Ix

Wilf1235825 May 2018 11:36 a.m. PST

My 1/6000 Hallmark/Figurehead Jutland fleet:


Yellow Admiral25 May 2018 11:46 a.m. PST

Oh, and Alessandro – this is one of the few scales I primed in gray (to answer one of your earlier questions).

I usually use white primer, but I found 1/6000 easiest to paint with a gray undercoat. Each of my fleets is a different color, but they are all shades of gray. There are lots of little corners in these models that are easy to miss with a paint brush, and it helps to have them pre-filled with a complementary color.

The biggest pain of painting this scale was the wood decks. Trying to get the contrasting wood color into all the wee corners and gaps of a tiny warship deck came close to starting a murder/suicide spree. The smaller ships with gray-painted decks were a cinch.

I imagine doing a complicated dazzle pattern cammo scheme would also be a potential risk of a psychotic break, but I never tried doing that.

- Ix

Yellow Admiral25 May 2018 11:49 a.m. PST

Also: I did not mount masts on my 1/6000 ships, but I wish I had. I have no earthly idea how to drill holes small enough, but the super-thin wire from the bristles of a wire brush would have looked really nice.

- Ix

Dave Crowell27 May 2018 12:33 p.m. PST

Shapeways is another source for 1:6000 ships, although mostly Modern.

I am really fond of my Figurehead Great War navies. They paint up very nicely and allow a naval battle that actually has a reasonable seperation between ships while still fitting on a tabletop.

4th Cuirassier31 May 2018 3:34 a.m. PST

@ Extra Crispy

Given all the information on the bases, do you even need the ship miniatures?

@ Yellow Admiral

If you've got two duplicate German Jutland fleets, maybe you could paint one in a historical scheme and the other in a late war hypothetical one – dazzle camouflage or something? IIRC German ships used to paint a funnel red for ID just before sortieing and it would be a different one each sortie, so a bit of scope there.

Yellow Admiral31 May 2018 11:45 a.m. PST

I doubt I or anyone I play with would be able to see a difference in paint schemes in 1/6000 scale. grin

My plan is to sell off the partially painted duplicate 1/6000 German Jutland fleet, and paint the other one in my own style someday. (Now that Si Vis Pacem is released, someday may have arrived…)

- Ix

hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2018 7:06 p.m. PST

very interesting – Mr. Hinds, what is your web page / blog? I would like to see more.
much thanks!

I have some additional images in the "Photos" section of the "1/6000 Naval Gaming" section of Yahoo groups. You may have to "join" the group first to see the images. My "Album" in the "Photos" section of this group is called "1/6000 Figurehead".


hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2018 6:57 a.m. PST

The first image in my post above apparently isn't visible unless one is logged into my Google Photos account. Maybe the image will persist for a longer period of time with this new method, which I used below:



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