For much of the past 15 years, painting historically accurate World War 2 miniatures has consumed my available hobby time and resources. In fact, I often painted every day and even sold my completed work to collectors across the globe. While this was enjoyable, it was also hard on my body. My family is pre-disposed to spinal problems and when you combine this with a computer day-job; the results were not surprising. About 3 years ago, I underwent back surgery to correct several problems and this has severely curtailed by ability to paint.
Since surgery, I have been slowly working toward a more wholesome balance that includes better eating, stretching, exercise, and where possible collecting World War 2 miniatures. I still have daily challenges with my spine but I’m feeling much better and I’ve put into place a plan and a goal that will allow me to collect at a sustainable pace. This site is a big part of that goal. Recently, I’ve purchased every 1:2400 scale World War 2 naval vessel in GHQ’s Catalog. Over the next few years (yes, you heard me correctly… years) I plan to assemble and post detailed photos of each of these vessels. And where possible I hope to paint many of them and perhaps post a few “how to” tutorials.
Join me as I embark on this voyage. I plan to post a few ships each month and will also catalog this on Instagram. Feel free to comment or to contact me and make requests or ask questions. I will do my best to respond, but maintaining a sustainable pace is important, so I might not always have time. Now, let me answer a few questions:
Why 1:2400 World War 2 naval vessels? Since I was a small boy, I’ve always studied World War 2. My Grandfather was a ball-turret gunner in a B-17 and was shot down over Germany in 1944. He was imprisoned in Stalag Luft IV for close to a year before escaping to allied lines in 1945; I grew up hearing his stories. About 8 or 9 years ago I read Ian W. Toll’s “Pacific Crucible” and was fascinated by the events in the Pacific Theater in 1941 & 1942. I began to paint and collect ships of the United States Navy and Imperial Japanese Navy as a result. 1:2400 pewter miniatures have become my hobby collection of choice.
Why GHQ 1:2400 miniatures? Simply put, there are no miniatures available today that can rival GHQ in detail, quality, and catalog size; they are popular for collecting and miniature wargaming. I also favor these miniatures because I consider them the most historically accurate; the GHQ Catalog will often times include several variants of a ship class. These miniatures are cast in Britannia Pewter, and remind me of a fine crafted piece of jewelry.
Do I plan to include Vehicles and Aircraft? Yes, I do. Sometimes it’s good to have variety and break things up a bit so I do plan to showcase other miniatures beyond just naval. However, 1:2400 World War 2 naval vessels will be my primary focus.
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