A tale of two ramsPosted: January 25, 2015
The rams I am writing about are two model ships that I have built to use in the play-test battles for my as-yet-unnamed Ironclad vs. Ironclad rules. I could have used two of my existing model ships, but I have had the modelling ‘bug’ ever since I began converting my toy train set locomotives and rolling stock, and I decided that I would like to build some additions to my existing ‘fleet’ of model ships.
As I wanted to get these rams built as quickly as possible, I decided to use the hulls of two unmade wooden model ship kits as the basis of my models. The ship kits were bought in Hobbycraft and are supposed to be used to build models of the RMS Titanic.
I had previously used the hull one of these kits to build a model destroyer/torpedo boat some time ago, and that had turned out quite well.
This time I cut the hulls so that they were 4-inches/10cms long. (This is the face-to-face dimension of the Hexon II hexes that I intend to use in my play-test battles.) In one case I cut the hull 4-inches/10cms from the bow of the model, and I had to reshape the wood so that the model had a rounded stern. On the other model I cut the hull 4-inches/10cms from the stern of the model and had to reshape the wood so as to form a pronounced ram bow. The two models were then each fitted with two broadside guns (these were represented by a length of thin dowel sticking out from each side of the model close to midships area), a fore and aft gun (these were made from small blocks of bass wood and thin dowel), a funnel, and a single mast. In the case of the model with the pronounced ram bow I also added some low bulwarks to the bow. These were made from parts of the original Titanic models.
The resulting (and as yet unpainted) model ships looked like this:
I am rather pleased with the results, and I am looking forward to seeing them painted and taking part in several naval battles.