The Voyage Begins

The Voyage Begins

GHQ 1:2400 Naval Vessels

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.

GHQ WW2 1:2400 naval vessels

Every WW2 Ship in GHQ’s Collection

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.

GHQ 1:2400 Langley Aircraft Carrier

GHQ 1:2400 Langley Aircraft Carrier

 

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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