WWI Naval – Grand Fleet Deployment

Theoretical deployment of the Grand Fleet in accordance with the Grand Fleet Battle Orders, page 41, Dec 1915 (Volume III Jutland, from Clash of Arms). Page 40 states that “the order of the High Seas Fleet is that shewn in the O.X.O. papers.” What the ‘O.X.O. papers’ were is unknown.

There are fewer German flotillas than the diagram, but Jellicoe overstated the number of boats that might be present. He expected that his destroyers would be outnumbered by as much as 2 to 1 (GFBO Destroyer Addendum page 1, 1/10/15). Also left out are the German “4th and 5th Battle Squadrons” which are on the diagram on the disengaged side of the HSF. These were older pre-dreadnoughts that probably never sortied with the HSF in the North Sea.

The ground scale is 1 inch = 500 yards or 1/18000. The ships are 1/6000 scale Figurehead miniatures and as a result the spacing of the ships is about 1/3 of what it should be.

WWI Naval – 1/6000 Scale Light Cruisers

1/6000 scale WWI light cruisers by Figurehead miniatures. Most are shown in the squadrons present at Jutland.

WWI Naval 1/6000 Scale

The first of (hopefully) many 1/6000 scale WWI ships. These are Figurehead miniatures. In order to minimize the base length (and thus minimize the conflict between ground scale and figure scale) the cast bases provided by Figurehead are not used. The sheet styrene bases are 11 mm wide and 3-4 mm longer than the ship, which is offset to port to leave room for a label on the starboard side. Each base also has a 2mm diameter rare earth magnet embedded in it facilitate pickup and transport. Destroyers and torpedo boats are based 4 on a 30x25mm stand. Each stand will initially represent a flotilla, but that may be changed to a half flotilla if enough are eventually painted.