Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Yet More Allied Destroyers


Following on from previous posts I think I'm reaching the end of the destroyers in house.  These are 5 allied N class destroyers plus another radar blip dummy counter to represent an unknown sighting.  The models are all CinC, 5 are J/K/N class and the sixth is a spare "L" AA type.  CinC sells these in packs of 5, but there were only 4 in this particular configuration so spare one became a dummy counter.

Given the mess ups over the L/ M class, the next batch of Royal Navy destroyers went back to the successful J/ K class design.  They did manage to fix he one odd feature so that the rear "X" mount now was able to fire astern.   None of these ships served in the Royal Navy during WW2 although a couple did RN service after the war.  Five were manned by the RAN, two by the Dutch Navy and one by the exiled Polish Navy.

HMAS Napier, Nestor, Nizam and Norman split their service between the Med and the Indian Ocean before heading to the Far East in 1944.  I've tried my hand at period camo again, including a couple with a tan base which was effective against the North African coast. Nestor was sunk off Crete in 1942 and was the only RAN ship never to serve in Australian Waters.  HMAS Nizam was named for the Last Nizam of Hyderabad  who paid for her.  That's how you roll when you're the richest man in the world.  

ORP Piorun served both in the Atlantic and the Med.  She was one of the destroyers who engaged the Bismarck at night prior to the Bismarcks' final battle.  She is said to have sent the signal "I am a Pole" by signal lamp prior to engaging.

That is 6 hulls of 1/2400 scale ships for another 12 points, which also count in my Naval Side Duel.  There are more ships to come but I'll have to join Mr Peabody in the Wayback machine to go back a few centuries.


The Cap'n likes these, oh yes he does! In fact, there is a local memorial service for NIZAM in a few weeks time which I am attending. In her spirit I grant a bonus points for each RAN vessel you have delivered here today - 16 points for you Peter!

Cap'n Wednesday


  1. Hello Peter:
    Good to visit your blog again and to see these marvelous ships, which make me want to watch In Which We Serve again AND get into WW2 naval wargaming. I might do the former, probably not the latter as life is too short, but your ships make it look very attractive. Love the story Piorun signalling Bismarck, showing that revenge is a dish best eaten cold. I thought Napoleonics was a complicated subject to game, but knowing the various ships types and variations seems even more dautning. Bravo sir, lovely work.
    Cheers, Mike

    1. Cheers Padre Mike. Great to hear from you. I have to say that you and your lovely wife look far too happy for any two people to be based on your FB pics.

      There are ways of getting into WW2 and other naval periods without having to all the specs. Have a look at David Manley's rules via LongFace Games at War-games Vault for ideas. I agree that it can get overly tech if you let it, but regardless of the rules it goes much better if your ignore how the deck chairs are arranged and focus on where you want to end up.

  2. Very nice - makes me (slightly) guilty about my 1/1200 fleets swaying at anchor these past few years.

    1. Thanks Tim. You should get them out. The world needs more silly men in goofy hats playing with toy battleships on the lawn.