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The Type VIIC was the workhorse of the German U-boat force, with 568 commissioned from 1940 to 1945. The Type VIIC was an effective fighting machine and was seen almost everywhere U-boats operated, although its range of only 8,500 nautical miles was not as great as that of the larger Type IX (11,000 nautical miles), severely limiting the time it could spend in the far reaches of the western and southern Atlantic without refueling from a tender or U-boat tanker. The VIIC came into service near the beginning of the war and was still the most numerous type in service when Allied anti-submarine efforts finally defeated the U-boat campaign in late 1943 and 1944.

Type VIIC differed from the VIIB only in the addition of an active sonar and a few minor mechanical improvements, making it 2 feet longer and 8 tons heavier. Many of these boats were fitted with snorkels in 1944 and 1945.

Armament was 5x Torpedo tubes ( 4 to the front 1 facing aft), They carried 14 torpedoes. 1x 88mm naval gun with 220 rounds and various anti aircraft guns ( depending on conning tower typ).

Why, do you probably think, a submarine for Cruel Seas? the rules don’t include real submarine warfare as written. And Yes you are right but the “Boot” is so iconic for WWII naval warfare that i had to do one. I use rules proposed by David Manley in his rules for coastal warfare ( Action Stations). They can be incorporated or combined with Cruel Seas.

So there are quite a lot of U Boat models in 1/350 ,like the one below made by Revell, but they are not waterline and basically to small for my taste.

So I started building one from a 1/400 paper model. I enlarged the size with a photocopier to 1/300 and started cutting and gluing strengthen it at the same time to make casting resin copies possible.

The basic hull parts

the skeleton glued

adding the deck

and the sides. Here alongside the waterline 1/350 model by Revell.

You can see clearly how much longer and wider the model is in comparison .

Next step is to do the upper deck and the conning tower. I will build the tower version as on the Revell model but there will be other types of conning tower later ,too. There will be a Typ IX Boat too in the future!

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Over on Wargame News and Terrain you can find a nice review about the new cavalry figures by Fireforge Games. Have a look here if interested.

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Wargamesgazette by Thomasriepe - 6d ago

I did some more work on the MS Louisa as a Auxiliary Gunboat. Named VP 1037.

Here are some pictures of the build and primed model:

The weapons are as usual from Warlord and Heroic&Ros.

More to come when painting is finished. If interested in a copy ,I Will list the ship here when ready.

Next up will be a Typ VIIc U Boat….

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So i finished the test miniature. It took me about 20 minutes to do , excluding drying times. I think it is a good table top standard. Definitely not for a painting competition. But can be used for one as a base or starting point. I tried this to see how quick I could get a new army painted by using mainly Contrast paints.

In my summer holiday (two weeks of) I will try to paint as many as i can. Aim is to paint a complete squad of US Marines for Vietnam. Lets see how much I can manage in 2 weeks!

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I got some of the new Vietnam War US Marines by Gringo 40 and by Empress.

Both wonderful 28mm sculpts. You can use both ranges together. the Gringo 40 ones are a tat larger so I cut the metal base of . Then they fit quite good.

Now to the test. I not only got those new miniatures but also a few of the new Games Workshop Contrast colours.

I wanted to test these on one of my new miniatures. The contrast colors are not really colours in the pure sense they are more like a heavy wash. A bit like the vallejo washes. The difference is that you get more shades. They seem to have more pigments then the washes i am used to. So what I did I used vallejo sky grey as a base coat and applied the washes as they are without thinning them .

Here I painted one of the green contrast paints on. The photo is taken right after application of the color so still a bit wet.

Added a skin tone  ( Gulliman flesh) quite dark. This is only one coat. Next time I would thin it down a bit. By the way you shouldn’t use water for thinning these contrast colours. There is a medium to thin them available at Games workshop too. I haven’t tried the wash medium i normally use to do my washes with on these colors.

The flack vest done in another green. As you can see after drying completely they are still a bit shiny. I will do the pouches etc in jet another green and at in the details with vallejo colors in the next days.

I will show the finished miniature then.

Don’t fear my Cruel seas friends there will be more ships in the future , too!

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I am about to begin new models for Cruel Seas by Warlord. What should be next?

The E Boat tender Tzingtau:

Or a TypVIIC and IX german U Boat:

Just leave a comment below. The Ship with the most votes will be done first!

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As there are quite a few ship models I made, distributed round the world now ,I thought it might be nice to show a few pictures of models build by you.

Lets start with a Hunt Typ II class model made by Karl Forder. What I especially like is that he put a barrage balloon up at the back of the ship!

Next up is a S.S. Green Island steamer build as a CAM ship another nice touch I like a lot

These are two very good examples what you can do with my models. If you are also a proud owner of some of my models feel free to send pictures to info@wargamesgazette.com I will put them up here if you like!

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I finished the MS Louisa coastal collier! You can see pictures of the finished three versions below:

And a size comparison with a Vosper from Warlord Games:

My complete fleet of selfmate ships so far:

You can purchase the ships if you like just go here for more info !

Next up will be a bigger collier and a passenger liner.

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Auxiliary gunboats were used by the germans during WWII in a great variety . This is the MS Louisa converted into such a vessel . These vessels were used for security and convoy support.

I haven’t thought about the armament jet, but you could definitely mount a 88 mm gun in the central position and 37mm or double 20mm guns fore and aft and an additional 20mm on top of the wheelhouse . I will put some Warlord weapons on it when i did the mould.

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I did the mould and cast the first examples of the MS Louisa coastal freighter / collier.

I did three different ones.

The collier version loaded with coal:

The version with a load of crates and boxes:

And a version loaded with wood:

Here is a size comparison with an E boat by warlord:

More pictures when I finished painting them up. Next version will be a gun carrier.

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