Last week we had our 'Nautical' theme over at the Challenge and this was my modest entry: a 1916 BK-2 Russian Riverine Gunboat.
This 28mm resin model is from my very talented friend Alf, over at Barrage Miniatures. In retrospect, I think my work on it is a little too pristine, so I think I'll make it a bit more careworn before I take it out for a game. Nonetheless, you get a good idea of the model - I think she's a sweet little runabout and good for skirmish games as it's not too overpowering.
These small gunboats saw a lot of service during their service life. They debuted during the First World War, but also saw operations during the Russian Revolution, the Polish-Soviet War and World War Two. It's probably not too much of a stretch to think that one of these little babies could see some Pulp adventures as well...
Interestingly, due to their complex design requirements, which called for a very small hull, high speed and a balanced weapon placement, the Russians were forced to look abroad in order to have them manufactured. Being that the Great War was raging, all the European shipyards were either enemy states, or furiously building their own wartime craft. Undeterred, the Russians turned to the United States, who at that time were not in the war, and in 1916 a contract for 18 boats was filled by the Mullins & Company of Salem Ohio.
In this final shot we have the enchanting Madame Ting-Ting and her salty associate Capt. Douglas (DSC/RN Ret) 'negotiating' with a Russian sailor for a BK-2. She simply HAD TO HAVE the BK. She was heard saying after the gunshot, 'This little 'dreadnought' will look sooo darling with my flag fluttering above it...'
Next up: Something Simian and Steampunk