Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Beginnings of Blackwater's Shipyard

Several winter's ago amidst the 150th anniversary of the United States Civil  War, a tiny shipyard sprang up beside a bayou.  Through the building , detailing and painting of 1/600 scale miniature vessels and assorted shoreside structures, fortifications and military formations, I embarked upon  a miniature exploration of the US civil war upon the waters.  This blog has been created to document the work at Old Black Water's Shipyard.

The first vessel coming off the ways at OBW's shipyard was the Queen of the West, a river steamboat converted to a ram. She had a storied history during the Mississippi river campaigns participating in the detsruction of the Confederate River Defense Fleet at Memphis and later engaging the Confederate ironclad Arkansas off of Vicksburg.   This is a model from Bay Area Yards, with added crew from the Oddzial Osmy (O8) 3mm ACW line.  The single gun battery is a model from Thoroughbred Miniatures, detailed with an artillery crew from O8, painted as Confederate.  Future posts will provide more images of the developing fleets, hopefully with more scenic backgrounds.



  1. Looking great thus far! Your painting is top notch for certain. I will be keeping an eye out to see what inspiration I can derive for my own ACW naval gaming.

  2. Wow! Really nice work. I had no idea crew figures were an option. I'll link this to my blog.

  3. The crew figures are brilliant.