Sunday, 12 August 2018


Lat week I picked up a few plastic kits from the IPMS Thornbury show. My "prize" was a 1/700 model of LCS-4, USS Coronado. I've been after one of these for a while for my modern coastal collection but only found them on Ebay for ridiculous prices so it was nice t find a more reasonably priced one on my doorstep. To be honest the LCS programme is a bit outside of my modern coastal timeframe which tends to end in the 1980s or early 1990s, but I have a soft spot for the trimaran version (some of my work at UCL went into the design) and it looks suitably outlandish to make a model rather irresistible.

At the same time I used the Delta III model that I got at Thornbury to make an earlier Delta I, an easy conversion that simply needs the missile compartment shortening by 4 missiles. There are probably more detailed differences but for the purposes of wargaming a perfectly acceptable solution. Whilst I painted up the Delta I also repainted an old Oscar II that had been sitting unloved ina box for about 20 years.

Finally I finished off a few packs of 15mm Scots pikemen that have also been in a box for decades, remnants of my WoR campaign plans in the 1990s. These guys went missing and were replaced at the time by some Essex figures but they are done now and will take their place in with their older painted brothers soon. They are nice figures and have a more irregular look than the Essex troops. I wonder if the Falcon figures are still available?


  1. For this lazy landlubber "that" must be the craziest ship I have ever seen!

  2. I like how the LCS turned out. I too like the looks of the trimaran version much better than the monohull. It is just too bad the whole program seems messed up.

    The subs look good too. Are you still working on rules for them? I'm still tinkering with my sub rules. I just need a little something to help me refocus.

  3. I am still looking at the rules, but I'm also giving "Conn, Sonar" a try out

  4. Falcon Figures are still available if you wish to risk losing your money buying from the American owner. I have heard nothing but bad things about their dreadful mail order service in the last two years.