Monday, April 27, 2015

Tiger, 1570

Tiger was a small Royal galleon built in 1570. Tiger had a burthen of 120 tons (Baker's Rule), 200 tons BM. She carried a crew of 80 sailors, 12 gunners and 8 soldiers. Her armament consisted of:

Gun Deck: 4 British Culverins
                   8 British Demi-Culverins
                   8 British Sakers
                  10 Light Guns

In 1588, Tiger fought in the battles against the Spanish Armada under the command of John Bostocke in Admiral Howard's Squadron.

Inspiration for the model came from Joseph Wheatley's illustration in "Historic Sail". This shows a light Elizabethan galleon, possibly Pelican/Golden Hind. Although the Golden Hind was decommissioned before the Armada events of 1588,  she is a reasonable basis for a Tiger conversion which did fight the Armada.

Joseph Wheatley's illustration in "Historic Sail"

I asked Julián Fernández de Sevilla Campos of ModelJShip to attempt the conversion using Zvezda's new 1/350 plastic model of Golden Hind. Julian did his usual amazing job, adding a new tiger figurehead, a higher poop deck, higher gunwales in the waist, additional gunports and a new quarter gallery. Crew were added using converted Langton Miniatures figures.

The photographs of Tiger were all taken by Julian. My fleet now comprises Revenge, Tiger and San Martin.

Before: the basic Zvezda model of Golden Hind

Conversion required

Conversions made
After: the fully converted Tiger

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Col. Henry C. Cabell's Artillery Battalion, McLaw's Division, 1863

The artillery battalion attached to McLaw's Division was Cabell's Artillery Battalion under the command of Colonel Henry C. Cabell. This is represented in my army by 3 batteries of the 4 present historically. Three of the Perry guns and crew were painted by Leuthen Studios (Pulaski (Georgia) Artillery, 1st Richmond Howitzers) and two by Martin Robson (1st North Carolina Artillery, Battery A).

Col. Henry C. Cabell

1st North Carolina Artillery, Battery A

Pulaski (Georgia) Artillery

1st Richmond Howitzers

3rd Georgia Battalion (Sharpshooters), 1863

I only have one Regiment from Wofford's Brigade of McLaws Division, but it is another elite unit, the 3rd Georgia Battalion (Sharpshooters).

This is also the work of Martin Robson. These are again Perry figures on Litko bases. I like the way Martin "animates" each base with the figures carefully placed and scenic effects added.

In April 1863 Brigadier General William T. Wofford took 50 men out of each of the five regiments in his brigade, except for the 16th Georgia, which provided 100 men, completing the organization by June 9, 1863. Gettysburg was the first action for the new sharpshooter battalion, under the command of Lt. Colonel Nathan L. Hutchins, Jr. The Battalion gave support to Barksdale's Brigade fighting in Trostle's Woods and the Wheatfield.

3rd Georgia Battalion

Major General Lafayette McLaws, Army of North Virginia, 1863

January 15th, 1821-July 24, 1897

West Point, 1842