By Rob Morgan
The photo of the large brown vessel shown here is a 1/600th CSS Louisiana, which I described in Lone Warrior magazine No. 144 as “Titan,” an unsinkable wooden man o’ war. This is her at her most drab.
I do add flags and banners from time to time and give her a couple of escorts too. The attacking giant octopus is from an old game by Waddingtons called “Escape from Atlantis,” a box filled with islands, ships and beasts of the sea, but a lousy game! The original model is by Peter Pig, resin and around £4 these days, very little adaptation, the funnels from a plastic pen top, of course. The “real” ship has virtually no value on the wargames table, but in science fiction … well!
(More photos below.)
The three other photos (below) are of the easily recognisable CSS Manassas model in resin, also 1/600th from Peter Pig at around £3 or so. The funnel’s metal incidentally. Another one-shot rebel warship, but, as outlined in LW No. 140, a very good design for 19th century science fiction warfare. I made four fleets of these, the other one being white with buff funnels, and each fleet has a marine partner. Black has sharks, red has octopi, and grey (the twin funnels from a 1/1200th river steamer, by the way) has a bunch of sea serpents for company. White has giant seabirds that can’t fly.
Detail’s limited, as the funnel, the weapon port forward and the ram are the key ingredients. These, believe it or not, make for a superb and very visual game. I use them quite often, with chance card limitations on engine power speed, weapon reloads (Manassas, I think had no possibility of re-loading her bow gun – or am I wrong?), even weather and shore effects. Consorts for these, 1/1200th and 1/2400th Manassas models from Skytrex and Tumbling Dice, fit in beautifully with the big ships.