I have wanted to model some Royal Navy boats for some time, which I planned to use both for 18th Century and Napoleonic amphibious operations. However I have never previously found suitable 1:72 models, and scratch building seemed a lot of effort. I recently saw a post on TMP Age of Sail forum about Zvezda Medieval Life Boats and thought these might be ideal.
My modular terrain boards are home made, since they were first produced over 50 years ago and predate any commercial boards. They are based on 8mm polystyrene sheets stuck onto 3mm hardboard backing. Most are 12 inches square and they all have the polystyrene side cut into river or stream sections and the hardboard side blank. I create a layout of river and stream sections, then flip the rest of the boards over to fill in with blank terrain. The whole system can be seen here.
There were a couple of lesser known amphibious operations during the Jacobite Rebellion, one of which involved a Royal Navy landing party of some 100 men, so I thought I would model these. My only suitable models were Hät Royal Navy sailors and I chose two figures from that set.
I have not posted anything recently, mainly due to being away for a couple of months.
I have also been busy creating a new website, which may be of interest to some readers. As mentioned on my About page, I give Military History talks to raise money for Military Charities. I have set up a new website which gives details of those talks for anyone who is interested. It will be fairly static, since I only produce one new talk per year, but I will also record when I give talks.
The website is called Rod’s Military History Talks and can be found here.