1/6000 Naval – French 1911 Seaplane Carrier Foudre

March 13, 2020

The Foudre was a French seaplane carrier, converted from an 1896 torpedo boat tender in 1911. This 1/6000 scale model is an approximation based on photos. Also shown is a German Navy dirigible and a generic game marker for a deployed seaplane (or other scouting aircraft). The seaplane is oversize for 1/6000, but is as small as I was able to carve.

WW1 Naval – Never Were Ships Britain-France vs Austria-Hungary

February 6, 2020

This scenario was designed to examine the tactical employment of several planned battleship and battle cruiser designs. See this post for the designs of the Austro-Hungarian Porject V and VI classes.

Winds WSW at 5 knots. Sea state 3. Visibility 12 NM.


Player reports

0-25 minutes
25-45 minutes

End game status

Computer code (described here)

With the A-H battle cruisers wrecked and the best A-H battleships damaged and in disarray, we called the game. The scenario was unbalanced, due in part to the powerful G3 and N3 classes and the weak (four gun) primary armament of the A-H battle cruiser class. We have yet to come to any conclusions about how to effectively employ divisions with differing speeds.

1/1200 Ancient Naval – Hexeres

January 14, 2020

Posted January 14, 2020

Here are a few 1/1200 scale Hexeres (or Hexareme) to add to my Navwar and Langton models. They are intended for Hail Agrippa! battles. [Hail Agrippa! rules link]

Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam

1/6000 Naval – 1905 British Scout Cruisers

January 5, 2020

These are eight scout cruisers completed in 1905 and modeled in 1/6000 scale.

From Conway’s All the World’s Fighting Ships 1860-1905, pages 84-85:

“These eight cruisers were intended to work in company with destroyers as scouts, to lead torpedo attacks and to back up their flotillas when attacked by enemy destroyers. The Admiralty provided a broad specification …. for a 25kt ship, with a 1-1/2 inch protective deck or equivalent side armour, shallow draught … 10-12pdr, 8-3pdr and 2TT. …[This] resulted in four sub-classes … that varied substantially in form, machinery and structure. … During 1911/12 they were rearmed with 9-4in guns.”

1/6000 Naval – Never Built US Torpedo Battleship Design

December 28, 2019

This is a US design from 1912, modeled in 1/6000 scale.

Displacement 30,000 tons
Waterline length 780 feet
Six 14 inch guns
Sixteen 6 inch guns
Eight 21 inch submerged torpedo tubes
Oil fired, 27 knots






December 14, 2019

Getting the Plateau Line ready for winter.

HURRICON 2019 Photos

September 29, 2019

Photos of some of the games at the HMGS-South convention HURRICON 2019, Orlando Florida.

Thursday photos.

Friday photos.

Saturday photos.


1/1200 Ancient Naval – Punic Wars

June 26, 2019

Posted June 26, 2019

The numbers of 1/1200 scale ancient naval ships most appropriate for the Punic Wars have been increased from 32 quadriremes (tetrere) and 12 quinqueremes (pentere) to 40 and 96, respectively. This will give enough Hail Agrippa! units for a reasonable sized battle. [Hail Agrippa! rules link]

Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam

RECON 2019 Saturday Photos

April 27, 2019

Photos of some of the games being played Saturday at the HMGS-South convention RECON 2019, Orlando Florida.

Link to Flickr album.

RECON 2019 Friday Photos

April 26, 2019

Photos of some of the games being played Friday at the HMGS-South convention RECON 2019, Orlando Florida.

Link to Flickr album.