While I was tinkering with other MDF kits in the shed, I thought it was about time that I tried to get a couple of other kits off the ground (pun intended).
At one of the shows I attended last year I managed to get these two Skyships from the lovely folks at BlotZ. They were £11 each and well worth the money in my opinion. I already have one of the larger Blotz Skyships (my Oxford Class Patrol Skyship). These are what they call their Aether Launch however I am likely just to call them my Assault Barges.
It is a really easy task to build these kits, but I don’t plan to paint these in the same way as my recent MDF houses. These are going to be done in mostly white or bare wood. With that in mind, I don’t need lots of different parts painting up beforehand. I can easily get away with just spraying the undersides of these, along with the hand rails, engine blocks, funnels and fins, in white – as I did my original Skyship – and then, when its dry, I can go over the metal work with a bronze metallic marker pen. A couple of other colourful details and a few decals and I should be almost finished.
Before all that, while I am waiting for the glue to dry, I can try out the deck plans of these barges to see how they will load up with figures. These will be part of my Navy Marine army so please excuse the use of Martian Sanwar Slaves for measuring the crew complement.
These barges have very long decks, so I am hoping that they will be able to fit a deck gun at the front and still have plenty of room for for Marines to be transported to the thick of battle.
By my guess, at this point, it looks to be a maximum of about 10-12 infantry that will fit that deck length. However, if I want to bring that deck gun along, I might have to limit things a little. I might only be able to get a deck gun onboard with a unit of 6 infantry and maybe an officer or two to motivate them to jump off and attack.