Sunday, May 8, 2016

Battle of Elli - fleets completed

This weekend saw the Ottoman and Greek destroyers completed for the Battle of Elli (16th Dec. 1912). This completes both the Ottoman and Hellenic Navy fleets for this battle. This brings to a conclusion my first 1:2400 scratch building project.

The ships have been based with the intention of using Grand Fleets third edition rules particularly as the Grand Fleets: Tsar & Emperor scenario book has all the stats for this battle.

Part of the challenge ahead is to decide how - if at all - to incorporate the destroyers (both Greek and Ottoman) into the scenario. The Greek destroyers seem to have stayed out to the west of the action and the Ottoman destroyers and the Protected Cruiser Mecidiye clung to the Aegean coast near the Dardanelles.

Anyway, the main reason for the post is for some pictures - so here's the fleets conducting some initial maneuvers!
The Ottoman fleet sorties out from the Dardanelles.

The Ottoman destroyer division with the protected cruiser Mecidiye.

The Ottoman capital ships.




The Hellenic Navy's 'heavies' - the Georgics Averof and the old battleships Hydra, Spetsai and Psara.





Monday, May 2, 2016

1:2400 scratch-built First Balkan War fleets

The First Balkan War naval project is in full gear with all the capital ships completed. All have been scratch built using PVC modelling sheet and tube.

The fleets represent those engaged at the Battle of Elli or İmroz Deniz Muharebesi (Battle of the Dardanelles) that took place on 16 December 1912.

The battle was the largest navel battle of the First balkan war and saw the Hellenic flagship - Georgios Averof - almost single-handedly drive off the Ottoman fleet.

Here are a few pictures of the capital ships for the Ottomans and the Greeks.




The Hellenic Aetos Class Destroyers underway.
Thanks for looking.