A spell of bad weather here, and I found myself with a couple of hours to work on something.... I chose the Shapeways order of PLA(N) ships I based up not so long ago.
That is, from Shapeways....
1x Type 051B Luhai (Shenzhen)
1x Type 051C Luzhou (Shenyang)
2x Type 052B Luyang (Guangzhou and Wuhan)
4x Type 054A Jiankai II
plus, I also had ordered 3x Song submarines from Navwar, so I painted them too!
I noticed in some photos that on the Songs you can see part of the red underbelly near the tail when they are surfaced. It breaks the monotony of all black subs. I will go back and check more classes of submarines, to see if any others display their underbelly colors at all.
Here are all of the new vessels escorting the Liaoning. I have not painted on the PRC banners yet (though I have the id pieces affixed)... but that is not a big deal at the moment.
But where could they be headed? Sadly, an all too familiar grouping of islands....
That wasn't too hard, choosing a dark blue felt sheet, and painting on the "majority" grouping of islands. Its "about" 1" = 1 nm. Since its on its own moveable piece of felt, I can arrange it on a table any way I like.
Admittedly.... feels odd to paint up the islands, now that I have done so. We started gaming the current Pacific prior to things getting this tense, seemed an interesting theater for modern naval wargaming in the beginning. Unfortunately, it seems to be getting more "interesting" as time goes on. Here's to hoping that it stays a game.
Might see some of these in action on my table sometime soon.... hope these give the old hated USN a good surprise!
Thanks for viewing.