Thought I would try out a new contributor this month. So here goes his first attempt.
Kingdom of Britania Arial Fleet Box models.
5 x merlin interceptors, a single piece metal model which need only some minor flash removing from them, after washing the models they were undercoated black before painting. whilst painting i was pleased with the over all detail on the model, especially the small wooden decked are on the rear of the model. the small flying bases were easy to put together after a small amount of redrilling to allow the plastic rod to fit. Having played a small game with these i found they were ideally suited to their interceptor name, perfect for hunting down other smalls.
3 x hawk scout rotors. the model is a main resin hull with metal turret and rotors, again due to the high quality of the resin casting there was very little clean up work to do and only small amounts of flash on the 3 metal components of each model. as with all resin models i gave them a wash and good clean to remove any remaining residue from the molding process. again they were black undercoated before painting. I had a similar problem with the medium flying bases but again was only a minor issue. Again the level of detail on the models really make for a nice looking model even whilst just in basic colours. I found the hawks very useful in game for flanking and dropping thier mines in choke points. overall they offer a nice opertunity to get round the back of a enemy fleet and attack more vunerable units. having a 360 degree fire arc on the turret and piercing MAR they can cause criticals to help slow and hinder the enemy.
1 x Illustrious sky fortress. This model is by far the main weight to the entire boxset, having the main hull which was easy to clean up with only a slight mold line running round the side of the whole model. the only issue i found with this main part is where the rotor arms join the hull there was a uneven surface that needed a little attention to get the part to fit flush. other parts on this model were the resin superstructure, 6 resin rotor arms, 6 metal rotor props, 2 metal turrets. In the box there were actually a couple of spare rotor arms and a spare prop. all of the parts only required a quick check over and clean up of the small amounts of flash. When putting the model together I opted to magnetize the rotor arms so when transporting the model there were 6 less things to break off. The illustrious sky fortress is a massive model and as can be expected of a carrier type model isn’t the fastest thing you can field but what it lacks in speed it certainly make up for in its support capacity. having access to 6 SAW tokens, 2 turrets, 3 magnetic mines, bomb bays and verious options for a generator, standard being a pulse generator to set off mine ment for a intresting way of combining with the hawks to set a mine field in one activation close to the enemy and then setting them off in the next.
also included in the box were 16 SAW tokens,3 SAS movement tray, a resin objective mark, 9 x 7mm dice 3 of each colour (red, white and green) 3 sheets of token and template printed on think high gloss card, and a set of the TAC cards which include the 6 victory condition cards.
I deceided to go for a glossy red and black colour scheme with gold trim and dark steel turrets and metalwork. All of the models had a great level of detail that ment once the were dry brushed leadbealcher and washed nuln oil with the basic colours for the metalwork the detail really stood out which made the model easier to paint on the whole. after getting the metalwork finished with a light dry brush of leadbealcher on all the models i moved on to the main red colour, which was easily achieved by using vermillion vallejo paint with a red ink wash over the top.
I then added some black details and stripes to the hulls and wings to give unit markings and break up the red. the gold details on the hull and engine components were a base coat of vallejo bronze washed with reikland fleshshade followed by a detail coat of vallejo gold. the final thing to do was the decks, which were again a simple 3 stage process, first a coat of vallejo german camo pale brown with a reikland fleshshade wash and a quick light dry brush of the camo brown again.
Overall to sum up the models are of a great standard and with only a small amount of work were ready to put together, painting was easy as the detail allowed me to pick out areas for each colour. The amount you get in the boxset is at first what appears to be smaller than other sets but once you open it up and see the amount of metal and resin used in these models it soon makes sense why its contents are limited. whilst play testing them i came to the conclusion that each unit has particular roles they are best used for. whilst the idea of a purely aerial kingdom of britannia fleet seems like an appealing idea it does unfortunatly lack the long range punch that can make all the difference. I would suggest that even with the future release of a heavy bomber that truely the strenght of the box set is as an addition to a land or naval fleet to provide some support and not as a stand alone fleet.