Saturday, May 17, 2008

HMS Donovan: Part I

I found this wooden ship at Michaels the other day. Upon inspecting it carefully, I decided that I might be able to convert into a wargaming vessel. To be manned by my Royal Marines and sailors, of course.

So I started by removing the sails and deck houses.

Then I sanded the hull down and sawed off the base and main mast. That latter will be re-affixed later a little more forward. And since she's going to be a brig, I'm going to need to find a dowel for the aft mast.

Finally, using a piece of the base....

So my plan to find something to use as deck railing now and build up a quarter deck. For the deck itself, I'm going to do what I've done for my marines and use popsicle sticks that have been cut down and modified. It's a real WIP, and I'm making up much of this as I go along, hehe.

Thursday, May 15, 2008


Hey everyone,

Since I already have a blog dedicated to my Warhammer 40k force, the 32nd Praetorian Foot, I decided that perhaps I should start another dedicated to my historical miniatures. As of right now, I'm working on the 8th Regiment of Foot, 17th Light Dragoons, the 1st New York Regiment, and the French Gatinois Regiment for the American Revolutionary War period. In addition, I'm also working on a squad of Royal Marines and sailors. They will, of course, be serving aboard a 25mm model of of British brig I'm working on, to be called the HMS Donovan. I just bought the base for it today, and so my summer will be spent trying to convert it to an acceptable piece.

I have many plans. I intend to invest in some Perry Brothers plastic American Civil War models. My friend Weasel bought some recently, and he quite likes them so I shall follow as well. Perhaps I'll even expand into Mexican-American War, but I doubt that that will happen any time soon.