Friday, January 4, 2013

From SylvainR: 1:2400 WWII Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Tirpitz & Graf Zeppelin (12 points)

From Sylvain: 
I've just finished the last four units of my Kriegsmarine project:

Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin. Above, Scharnhorst and Gneisenau are sporting the colors of their most famous sortie: Operation Berlin. The ship on the right is from CinC while the left one was made by GHQ. CinC's details, like the guns, are more to scale, but they are much fragile. I prefer the exaggerated details on the GHQ units. I also think the planes and the lifeboats add "life" to the model, details neglected on CinC units.
Tirpitz is escorted by the Bismarck in the foreground and the Graf Zeppelin in the background.

Lower image, Graf Zeppelin is escorting a U-boat. Since this aircraft carrier was never commissioned, I chose to paint it in the same pattern as the Bismarck, a pattern also featured on many other Kriegsmarine units. Apparently, Graf Zeppelin's primary mission was to serve as a spotting platform for U-boats. The planned complement of aircrafts included 20 spotter planes out of a capacity of 43 airplanes. It will be fun to see what kind of trouble these ships could have caused to the royal Navy if they would have operated together.
Next up, another enemy of the Royal Navy: la Marine française!!!

Excellent work Sylvain. I really like the Graf Zeppelin in the 'Razzle Dazzle' paint scheme. 

These four ships will give Sylvain 12 points. I look forward to seeing the upcoming French Fleet!


  1. Very nice minis! Geat work with this scale!

  2. The splinter looks really crisp. Enjoying these ships


  3. Great job - and again something very different .

  4. Great contest for so far, I'm eagerly awaiting more entries especially after my own miserable attempt a year or two ago!

    Cheers and good luck to all participants

  5. Very nice models; I like a lot the "water" effect (and the ships, of course!!!).

  6. Lovely work as usual Sylvain. Great stuff.


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