Nov 21, 2014

Finished Maria Theresa + HäT sailors


The finished product, without crew. I'm going to sand the smokestack's hole on the upper deck as it's a narrow fit with all the layers of paint.


In the end this clean paint job turned out to be good.


More shots from the insides of the cabins.



And now the ship is manned - added a small ladder to the side of the small box on the upper deck so Herr Leopold von Sitzendorf, Lieutenant 1st Class can climb on top.


In the end I simply painted the figures' bases in a buff color and run it over with an umber wash. Also, I still don't like HäT soft plastic. If they could compromise and use something between their rigid and hard 28mm and too soft 1/72 casting material...


As you can see the figures fit the cabins well. I actually used the photos I had taken on the Leitha for reference regarding KuK sailor uniform, but the box art on the HäT Gardner guns showed the very same with a British sailor.


The other two Gardners on carriages. The spare carriages were used to create a small four-wheel cart.


All 24 men are not needed to be around the ship, so I hid some in the storage room - they might as well be shoveling coal to the engine.




19 comments:

  1. A triumph Sir. A real Triumph. There is both enough space to move figures about and enough cover that they are not out in the open.

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    1. Quite ergonomic for a small boat with all that space - perhaps with a full crew or steaming ground forces up the rivers of Nova Hungaria will make it more crammed.

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  2. Well done Sir, what a wonderful success this has proved to be.

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  3. Excellent work! And good use of the Hat figures!

    Greetings
    Peter

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    1. Thank you - I had my doubts but in the end they look decent enough.

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  4. wonderful job, you really made a masterpiece from scratch!
    bye

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  5. This is a fine scratchbuild Admiral.

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  6. A great addition to your war games inventory. Those Isterine Corsairs (Danubian pirates) won't know what hit them.

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    1. Thank you - she will be on colonial duty though as you will be able to see in a coming battle report.

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  7. Congratulations on a good piece of work. Man those look great.

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  8. Nice work indeed, Andras. I don't know if you've read any of Biggens' novels about KuK sailor Otto Prohaska but one of them features a tour in the Danube flotilla serving under a total lunatic - most entertaining. Your Maria Theresa reminded me of it.

    Regards,
    Steve

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    1. Thank you - I haven't known about this author but I'm going to check the novels out.

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  9. That should be "Biggins", sorry for the typo,

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