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Personal logo FlyXwire Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2021 10:50 a.m. PST

Out of the gates early, to join the Union's Western Flotilla patrolling the Mississippi and her tributaries, were a group of hastily converted steamers two that I've finished painting up here.

These are 1/600th scale Thoroughbred models, that I've thoroughly mucked up, to appear a little like their famous counterparts of the war.

Model of the USS Lexington -

Model for the USS Tyler (and what an amazing combat history this boat had) -

On their game bases now, and ready for some action (and hopefully that's not too far around the bend ahead……) -

ChrisBrantley18 Jan 2021 11:07 a.m. PST

Looks great. Inquiring minds want to know…what techniques and colors/combinations did you use to make the bases?

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2021 11:20 a.m. PST

Very nicely done! bases make them look like they are on the muddy waters of the western rivers.


Personal logo FlyXwire Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2021 11:57 a.m. PST

Chris, Jim, thank you guys!

I've made the base surface digitally, to match a look as close to the game mat's water that I'll have printed out as a vinyl board for this project.

Here's the image of these bases I've made so far (hopefully a rt. click and "open image in new tab" will allow access to a higher zoomed version of these, if interested). The full-size version is for printing out on a letter-size page the original artwork is 2550 X 3300 pixels in resolution).

Now making these ship bases is pretty easy, since the tops are just printed out (mine on thin matte 'poster-board', which I plastic laminate, that also adds strength), and then the printed tops will form a sandwich of material layers to complete each base with. Think of a piece of foam-core board, but the inner foam here is a piece of black "fun foam", the type that has one side being self-adhesive, and that's what I first stick to the underside to each printed base (and then trim the foam layer's sides to match the base top). Last step is to affix a piece of self-adhesive magnet sheet to the underside of the fun foam (and cut the magnet layer to match the base's sides again)….I don't glue anything, it's all self-adhesive product.

After each base sandwich is completed, it has rigidity like a thin piece of foam-core board (these will bend if abused, but they're pretty durable). The magnet base bottoms attach to sheet magnet stuck inside my storage boxes.

Maybe another tip (following the theme of avoiding gluing) I use strong strength/permanent glue dots underneath the ship models to stick them to the base tops. These tinclads models did have casting cavities I needed to fill in, to get a flat attachment bottom (and did have to use some twisty-epoxy putty there), but many of the Thoroughbred model castings are flush-flat, so easy to stick onto bases with glue dots.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2021 1:46 p.m. PST

You have given us desert, snow and now a great water effect (your best work yet). The printed bases are inspired!

Not to mention the shore batteries you presented below! Someone has been busy during this pandemic isolation.

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2021 3:21 p.m. PST

thumbs up!

Personal logo FlyXwire Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2021 4:56 p.m. PST

Thank you buds!

I must give credit to the author of the original river artwork Ivan Golyjenkov of Wargame Print, who made two masterful "Mississippi River" texture files that I'm using to make my adapted "Yazoo" game board from. His map closely resembles a stretch of the Mississippi south of New Madrid, Missouri, and the engagement area there that was around Island No. 10.

He's a true artist!

Deadhead mentioned our productivity possible during this pandemic, and this lingering project finally got a kick start once Mac Cross mentioned his new ironclad rules here on these boards (Blood Sweat & Iron).

I'm sure lots of you guys have, or are still waiting for that right set of rules that floats your boat, and gets a project off the shelf.

(3 models yet to go, and before that dust settles too thick again) :)

C M DODSON20 Jan 2021 1:46 a.m. PST

Very nice indeed and your river water looks lovely.

The forts are beautiful.

Best wishes,


Personal logo FlyXwire Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2021 7:55 a.m. PST

Chris, thanking you here a little belatedly, but hope you'll enjoy what's kept me distracted

These are Rebel rams like those in the River Defense Fleet that fought at Fort Pillow and Memphis, which at the moment are "up the ole creek without a paddle" well, the kits' missing paddlewheel parts are on their way, being dispatched by Toby from Thoroughbred Figures (but I couldn't wait to get these pics up on the board here anyway).

As planned, I was going to be done with this little collection after the remaining Cairo-class model was finished, but these little boat kits are really growing on me (and another order will be going out shortly). :)

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