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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2005 6:41 am 
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Hi all,
Aeronef had me looking around for models suitable for conversion when I landed onthe Peter Pig website and found ACW ship models. Wow! thinks I, these would be grand. Wrong scale though - pity (1:600, as opposed to 1:1200 for Aeronef).
Up in Sheffield I discovered the Wargames Emporium, and in a corner were shelves of plastic in-trays with Peter Pig range models. They have a wide variety of stuff, from WW2 in different scales to science fiction - as well as these ships.
There are close to 50 models, including forts (found none of these, regretfully), all of historical ships and vessels (ok, and forts) which took part in the ACW. Starting with the obvious, the Monitor is a metal model, the Virginia, its confederate opponent, resin with a metal stack. The rest are mostly resin, with a few metal ones and some metal bits thrown in. Some of the vessels are incredibly weird, ungainly, and downright bizarre - the slab-sided armoured paddle steamers appear to be refugees from a Squat armada! And yet they existed!

Models still to be painted of course. They're cheap - most are 3-4GBP, with one or two going up to 6.50GBP. The detail is very good, although some of the resin bits have some defects - patience and green stuff are the cure. The Virginia, one of the large models is around 13.5cm long - not bad! The great exception is a resin model of the entire Fort Monroe, which is larger and more expensive.  :cool:

I've also bought the rules, which are a bit old, simple - and apparently fun - especially if you throw in fireships, bomb ships, mines, coastal batteries. Could this be a 'new' Man O' War? Anyone played it?

By the way - guess how many ACW ship battle players there are in Malta...   :p

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2005 7:16 am 
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Get away from me Satan.... :p

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2005 9:34 am 
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Sorry Tas :(

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2005 2:21 pm 
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Quote (vanvlak @ Sep. 29 2005,06:41)
By the way - guess how many ACW ship battle players there are in Malta... ? :p

Including you, I'm going to guess..... 1?  :D

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2005 4:47 pm 
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Quote (Dwarf Supreme @ Sep. 29 2005,15:21)
Quote (vanvlak @ Sep. 29 2005,06:41)
By the way - guess how many ACW ship battle players there are in Malta... ? :p

Including you, I'm going to guess..... 1? ?:D

Wow - you guessed!  :D  :p  :D

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 10:41 am 
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I haven?t used Hammerin Iron but I do use Iron & Fire for ironclad battles. Their for 1/200th ?scale (I use Langton, Skytrex-Triton and Navwar Miniatures) but they do convert up to 1/600th. ?I believe there is a free set out called ?Smoke on Water?. I love the different ship types of the period.

I?m trying to do a solo campaign covering an alternative history British naval intervention of behalf of the CSA. I?ve done one battle covering an RN attempt to seize Ship Island off Biloxi and I?m going to try battle for Hampton Roads and the Chesapeake next week, will Monitor stay in the shallows use her powerful guns or will HMS Warrior tempt her out and manage to run her down?!

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 1:04 pm 
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Wow - sounds fun, Gauntsghost! Keep us informed on the outcome, please :D

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Quote (vanvlak @ Sep. 29 2005,16:47)
Quote (Dwarf Supreme @ Sep. 29 2005,15:21)
Quote (vanvlak @ Sep. 29 2005,06:41)
By the way - guess how many ACW ship battle players there are in Malta... ? :p

Including you, I'm going to guess..... 1? ?:D

Wow - you guessed! ?:D ?:p ?:D

I had to use my amazing powers of deduction to arrive at that guess.  :p  :D

I must say, I'm still surprised that there are people outside the US who have an interest in the ACW.  ???

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[Wow - sounds fun, Gauntsghost! Keep us informed on the outcome, please]

Certainly, I hope to fight the battle Tuesday or Wednesday next week, I'll do a battle report!:)

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Whee - great :D :D :D
Dwarf, I guess it's an epic military event, and technologically interesting. In the case of the naval war, Hampton Roads redefined the use of warships, and just cannot be ignored. Anyway, anything the shape of the Virginia or the Monitor is certainly worth investigating.  :D

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Quote (vanvlak @ Sep. 30 2005,16:27)
Whee - great :D :D :D
Dwarf, I guess it's an epic military event, and technologically interesting. In the case of the naval war, Hampton Roads redefined the use of warships, and just cannot be ignored. Anyway, anything the shape of the Virginia or the Monitor is certainly worth investigating. ?:D

Good point. The ACW was technologically significant, not just on the sea, but also on land.

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Hi CS,
can this be shifted to the historical games section please?
Thanks,
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