The Russian armored
frigates cruisers Vladimir Monomah (left) and Dmitri Donskoy (right) are completed. They were designed in the 1880s and took part in the catastrophe that was the battle of Tsushima. One interesting aspect of building Russian ships is searching for them in Cyrillic, which brings up a lot of period photos, and fortunately for me, blueprints as well.
The Donskoy was completed first, actually the VM is the older "sister". A very straightforward build, only the masts caused me some worry, but period photos after 1903 show her to have no sails on.
A few photos show the Vladimir Monomah with a dark hull, but I found some with this white one, and it just looked much prettier. Both ships have lots of layers of paint for a smooth surface, I think there's at least five layers of white on the VM's hull.
They will have an armored hull in my naval wargame, just like other armored cruisers, but I suspect I'll give them only two shots per turn because of the virtually non-existent secondary armament. The way it looks right now: two shots for main battery, an extra for torpedoes (unlimited range), and another for secondary (within 1m when available). The previous game suggests that this works very well.
The next completed ship is a rather unspectacular South American armed merchant ship, built of cardboard a while back, but painted up only with this recent surge of pre-dreadnoughts & associates. She will be followed by a pair of French torpilleurs, whatever that means.