Monday, 26 November 2012

Thémis Launches.

Beighton's Shipyard is proud to present, the French Frigate Themis. Named after an ancient Greek Titaness who was described as "of good counsel", and was the embodiment of divine order, law, and custom.

Thémis makes sail.

Aft View



The Thémis took part in the Battle of Cape Finisterre and in the Battle of Trafalgar. After the battle of Trafalgar, she took Principe de Asturias in tow to safety in Cadiz. In early 1808, she raided commerce with Pénélope and sailed to Toulon. From there, she was tasked to ferry supplies to Corfu, along with Pauline. She was trapped there and eventually seized by the British when they captured the island.

French Convoy.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Wind stops play

Hello all, I was going to catch up on the many projects I've got ongoing at the moment and get some pictures online, Sunday seems to be the best day for me to catch up and complete things. Alas, it was not to be, as we had severe wind last night, not meaning the smelly kind. We awoke this morning to next doors fence in our garden, and our walnut tree had toppled! Unfortunately the tree landed across a public footpath, and in the garden of our neighbour, destroying a small section of his fence.

That's me, valiantly struggling with the tree!

That is what's still left to clear. It was a big tree!

Poor thing :(

So, instead of a relaxing Sunday painting, the missus and me were clearing a tree, helped by a chainsaw wielding neighbour (Thanks Dave), until he was sadly called away after an hour or so. Then we had to cut the tree by hand, awfully tiring! We also had to contend with a unsympathetic dog walker who just had to get down the footpath! So he was guided through the neighbours garden to the other side, he never came back....

That's the footpath and neighbours garden half cleared!


Well, we will have plenty of fire wood!

We finally managed to clear the footpath and neighbours garden, botch together a temporary repair on his fence to stop his dog escaping. We also blockaded our fence to stop our dog escaping, and propped up the other neighbours fence. Busy day!!

Our faithful helpers, Nelson (Our neighbour's dog) in foreground,
he likes Sticks!!!. Sephton (our dog) at the rear, more of a supervisor!

We still have over half a tree to chop up and clear, so that'll be another ongoing job. So, unfortunately I didn't get to finish the frigate I was hoping to get finished today. My Sci-fi blog will shortly have some pics of a terrain piece I completed earlier this week, Hopefully I'll finish that frigate tomorrow.

Until next time....be careful out there!

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Still Here!

Sorry for the lack of activity, but real life has gotten in the way again. Not had much time of late to complete another frigate, it's half done, but hopefully will complete it by next weekend. Work has left me tired of late, so the only thing I've been in the mood for is painting, I find it relaxing and therapeutic. As the only models I have at hand to paint are Science Fiction, and not really suitable for this blog, I've created another blog for all things Sci- Fi. I hope you check it out and enjoy. You can find what I've managed to complete since last post, here.

Until next time, may the dice be with you!

Sunday, 4 November 2012

'Étoile' Sets Sail!

Finished the french frigate Étoile. I still have a few frigates planned for French and British navies, see the Dockyard page for my planned ships. As I now have a frigate and 2 sloops/corvettes per side, I can start my naval career proper, just got to sort some terrain and rules out and have a game!
Here's some pics of the frigate Étoile.

The majestic Etoile sets sail.

Aft view.

Bow view.

French Convoy, Etoile supported by corvettes Iéna and Créole.

Until next time...

Friday, 2 November 2012

Mine's bigger than yours!

Hi all, while I'm still constructing a French Frigate I was thinking... about scale, or to be more precise, my indecision of what scale to use for land battles! I had originally intended to go for 6mm miniatures, who can resist the huge battle recreated on the tabletop. Hundreds of little miniatures slugging it out makes for an impressive scene. I may be wrong, please correct me if I am, but I feel 6mm does not lend itself well to skirmishes, cutting out of a ship in port, pirate raids on a coastal town, etc. I do like a little skirmish, and intend on having a few. Of late I have also been distracted by a lot of eye candy from 28mm ranges, while looking for suitable smaller scale miniatures, that I feel myself being drawn to the dark side, or the larger scale miniatures again...

I'm happy with the 6mm (1/300th scale) ships that I will continue to build, but I find myself all at sea at the moment, in regard to land scale.

There are some beautifully crafted miniatures in the 25mm - 30mm range from:
Black Scorpion Miniatures
Black Cat Bases 
Crusader Miniatures
Alternate Armies I'm getting swayed by their Flintloque range.
The list goes on...

And for the 15mm range there is:
Blue Moon Miniatures
East Riding Miniatures
Peter Pig
again to name a few.

I am leaning toward the 28mm mini's, mainly because I started this before...I had started a 28mm scale ship, It still sits on my shelf in it's half finished state. I stopped due to life's little habit of getting in the way! And didn't come back to war gaming till recently. So I may collect some 28mm mini's for skirmishes, and give me an excuse to finish the ship, but I may have to create another ship or two for the games. This does pose a problem...
The size of the ships.

For example:
In 6mm (1/300) scale the Surprise is just under 7.5 inches
In 15mm (1/100) scale it would be 21.5 inches
In 28mm (1/58) scale it would be a table buckling 37 inches, over 3 feet long!

Like I mentioned, I have an unfinished 28mm scale ship sitting on the shelf, some pics below. Although I did shorten the dimensions, It's huge! It measures 30 inches, including bowsprit,  by 6 inches. So... do I finish this ship and just have that one ship for the skirmish or create a enemy vessel? With the added problem of storage, my shelves are only so big!




What do you guys think? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the subject, or experiences with large scale ship warfare.

That's it for now, I will finish a French Frigate this weekend so I'll post some fleet pics next time.
Until then, farewell!