Custom carriers from OOB's and painted pieces


  • 2019 2018 Customizer

    Thank you, sjelso. And wow… I just noticed I’ve been blessed with a “customizer” tag! Thanks, guys!


  • 2019 2018 Customizer

    I’ve got to finish cropping pictures of the finished IJN Shinano and IJN Taiho, but in the mean time take a look at FOlewnik’s IJN Hiyo, made from a modified Shinano sculpt. Note the cut away under the flight deck in front and back.IJN Hiyo-20190126_220128.jpg IJN Hiyo20190126_220141.jpg IJN Hiyo-20190126_220052.jpg IJN Hiyo-20190126_220213.jpg IJN Hiyo-20190126_220337.jpg IJN Hiyo-20190126_220349.jpg



  • @DMcLaren awesome Job on the carrier!


  • 2019 2018 Customizer

    Thanks, Sarge, I’ll pass that along to FOlewnik. I wanted to find the schematic he used as a guide but Google wasn’t giving it to me. Shame, too, since I feel this is another one that he nailed. I do have the schematics for the Taiyo and Shinano and will post them when I post the pictures.



  • @DMcLaren I’ll be watching for them.


  • 2019 2018 Customizer

    When FOlewnik was researching the Taiho & Shinano, he noticed that the sculpt is much closer to the Taiho in it’s layout than it is the Shinano. He worked on both pretty much at the same time and they seemed to me to get done pretty quick. Once again our lighting was poor for a lot of the shots, but I tried to lighten them up with photoshop. It helped bring out the detail at the expense of some true color, so thankfully there’s one good shot with good light so you can see the true colors of the IJN Taiho. Most of the schematics showed the ship with a grey deck, but I’m including one with a tan color deck for the detail.IJN Taiho-a20190126_214433.jpg IJN Taiho-a20190126_215529.jpg IJN Taiho-a20190126_215612.jpg IJN Taiho-a20190126_215458.jpg IJN Taiho-a20190126_215555.jpg IJN Taiho-a20190126_215858.jpg IJN taiho-a_class_aircraft_carrier__1944__by_ijnfleetadmiral-d7mikcm.png


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    @DMcLaren said in Custom carriers from OOB's and painted pieces:

    When FOlewnik was researching the Taiho & Shinano, he noticed that the sculpt is much closer to the Taiho in it’s layout than it is the Shinano.

    Interesting observation; I had never noticed this. Another point of comparison to check would be the hulls of the carrier sculpt and of the battleship sculpt. The scale is too small to allow much detail, and the Yamato sculpt has a few other accuracy problems (notably the stern, whose scallopped shape is too pointy), but technically a difference between the carrier’s hull shape (below the flight deck) and the battleship’s hull shape would further prove that the carrier isn’t the Shinano because the Shinano and the two Yamato-class battleships had identical hulls. Shinano was originally intended to be the third unit of the battleship class, but she was converted into a carrier in mid-construction.


  • 2019 2018 2017

    @CWO-Marc said in Custom carriers from OOB's and painted pieces:

    @DMcLaren said in Custom carriers from OOB's and painted pieces:

    When FOlewnik was researching the Taiho & Shinano, he noticed that the sculpt is much closer to the Taiho in it’s layout than it is the Shinano.

    Interesting observation; I had never noticed this. Another point of comparison to check would be the hulls of the carrier sculpt and of the battleship sculpt. The scale is too small to allow much detail, and the Yamato sculpt has a few other accuracy problems (notably the stern, whose scallopped shape is too pointy), but technically a difference between the carrier’s hull shape (below the flight deck) and the battleship’s hull shape would further prove that the carrier isn’t the Shinano because the Shinano and the two Yamato-class battleships had identical hulls. Shinano was originally intended to be the third unit of the battleship class, but she was converted into a carrier in mid-construction.

    While all of that is true, when Hasbro/WotC/AH print in the manual that it’s supposed to be a Shinano, I’m left to assume that the sculptors fudged it up. Should they be the same? Yes. Are they the same? No. Does it matter? Not really.

    -Midnight_Reaper


  • 2019 2018 Customizer

    The IJN Shinano hull required some heavy and tricky cutting away under the front of the flight deck, and a little at the back, to look like the IJN Shinano from the side view. FOlewnik cut those away and added a few other small details to round out the final look. He went with a grey base hull to make the camo silhouette stand out better than what the schematic shows. Once again plagued by bad lighting (all the recent posts were shot at the same time with that bad light) but one good picture shows the true colors.
    IJN Shinano-1-20190126_215301.jpg IJN Shinano-2-20190126_214951.jpg IJN Shinano-2a-20190126_214433.jpg IJN Shinano-3.jpg IJN Shinano-4.jpg IJN Shinano-5-20190126_215858.jpg IJN Shinano schematic.jpg


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    @Midnight_Reaper said in Custom carriers from OOB's and painted pieces:

    While all of that is true, when Hasbro/WotC/AH print in the manual that it’s supposed to be a Shinano, I’m left to assume that the sculptors fudged it up. Should they be the same? Yes. Are they the same? No. Does it matter? Not really.

    That’s a good way of looking at it. The A&A board games occupy a different niche than the older genre of tabletop tactical wargaming, which revolves around larger-scale, highly-detailed, and often exquisitely-painted miniatures – the genre which the A&A Miniatures product line falls into, for example. The A&A board game sculpts have a different type of appeal, which is that they provide players, at an affordable cost, with large numbers of a wide variety of WWII military units, at a level of detail and accuracy which is more than reasonable (I’d even say quite good) for their size and price. Just to give two examples, the Sherman and T-34 tanks are clearly recognizable as such, even though they’re small enough to fit on a dime. And the sculpts have proved quite suitable for substantial customization by the folks who enjoy this kind of upgrading work. The pictures of the custom paint jobs which I’ve seen posted on this forum over the years have always amazed me; it’s sometimes hard to believe that a close-up picture of a painted fighter or tank or warship or whatever is a photograph of an object the size of a coin or a golf pencil rather than a photo of a much larger assembled and painted plastic model kit.


  • 2019 2018 Customizer

    Finally got pictures of the Japanese starting subs (previous Japanese sub pics are super subs). We’re using the Kaichu subs from the 1941 set, with extras purchased from HBG. FOlewnik did the paint & I did the decals. I’d be happier if the pictures were a little sharper but you can still see the detail on the piece. Needless to say, the 20/0 and smaller brushes got a workout on the flanks of these pieces. It took a very steady hand to keep the lines straight on the ballast ports- if one was even just a little off it stuck out like the proverbial sore thumb. I made the flags from the white stripes on the Italian roundel decal sheet and the red dots from the US early roundel decal sheet like on the super subs posted earlier (the I series from the Pacific set). The numbers on the conning tower are from the I-94 white numbers & letters decal sheet.
    IJN Kaichu Class Submarine top20190221_200121.jpg IJN Kaichu Class Submarine side20190221_200100.jpg IJN Kaichu Class Submarine side20190221_200013.jpg
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  • 2019 2018 Customizer

    The IJN Unryu by FOlewnik. Mast is a broken sewing needle and conning tower is from the GHQ carrier extras. I tried to get good pictures of the cutaways on the bow and stern- hope you can see the detail. There’s a good side by side with an unpainted Shinano sculpt to help show the modifications.IJN Unryu 120190223_200106.jpg IJN Unryu 120190223_200124.jpg IJN Unryu 120190223_200215.jpg IJN Unryu 120190223_200536.jpg IJN Unryu 120.jpg IJN Unryu 1201.jpg IJN Unryu 120190223_202527.jpg



  • @DMcLaren Just wow!



  • I get it now, they’re just trying to make 'em to pretty to sink.
    IT WON’T WORK YOU HEAR ME! HaHa!
    Awesome stuff. Being able to produce such fine detail with mostly stock pieces, drill, putty, file, a boatload of patience and paint. Wow! I pay homage to a Master.
    Curious, some of these things look pretty fragile, cruiser aircraft and such,I was wondering about how you store them? Even with each type having it’s own bin, things happen when rooting for pieces during a game.


  • 2019 2018 Customizer

    We’re still in the process of making storage. FO got hold of an old metal card file cabinet section that’s about 18x36 inches with either 24 or 28 drawers (6 or 7 columns of 4 drawers) that are slightly wider and twice as deep as the piece storage box that comes with the game, and a little over twice as long. He’s also got some foam sheets we’ll eventually cut for them so each piece sits in its own little cut out. The only thing he’s had to worry about are the little planes on the pieces with launch catapults. Two or three weren’t glued in solid enough and have come off. The rest are pretty solid- enough so that you can pick up the piece by the little aircraft sitting on the launch catapult.

    @Phelan-Kell - you BET I can’t wait to bring some detailed SBD’s in on these and toss a handfull of dice in the box against them! We had a pretty kick-arse game of “Check Your 6!” with the aircraft last Thanksgiving. I put a few pictures in the “Other Axis & Allies Variants” section.


  • 2019 2018

    @DMcLaren
    a little damage is to be expected. Nothing a rest and refit can’t fix 🙂


  • 2019 2018 Customizer

    The IJN Junyo has been done for a while but I’ve just now gotten around to cropping the pictures to post. So without further ado, FOlewnik’s (a.k.a. FJO) IJN Junyo in late war livery made from a Shinano sculpt.
    IJN Junyo-1.jpg IJN Junyo-2.jpg IJN Junyo-3.jpg IJN Junyo-4.jpg IJN Junyo-5.jpg IJN Junyo schematic.png


  • 2019 2018

    @DMcLaren Awesome !

    Do you have one where it’s damaged ?


  • 2019 2018 Customizer

    Not carriers but I posted a picture of the Takaos a few pages back in an older post (to compare over time) that need a rest and refit to replace their scout planes.


  • 2019 2018

    @DMcLaren Nice

    I meant “Damaged” as in Bomb Damage. Smoke and Flame : )

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  • 2019 2018 Customizer

    Oh! lol, no. We use the smallest version of the Litko “Flaming Wreckage” markers. They sit well on carriers, but have to sit next to ships.
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  • 2019 2018

    @DMcLaren Nice : )


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 Customizer '13

    @barnee said in Custom carriers from OOB's and painted pieces:

    @DMcLaren Nice : )

    Ya we use same brand but just the small flame. Sits on carrier and as mentioned can place next to 2 hit ships if need room
    Also use them on territories with train track damage. Or any kind of flat token your using. AB NB train stations. Rail tracks resource tokens and such.


  • 2019 2018 Customizer

    A few of the blurry pictures on the first page of the post have been replaced with better pictures, and pictures have been added to the finished IJN Shoho post earlier in the thread, and a destroyer family photo added of the IJN destroyers. Speaking of family photos, here are all the IJN aircraft carriers together. The last one still to complete is on the far right of the capital carriers- it just needs the deck painted. It’s a “what if” carrier of a converted battleship the Japanese player can upgrade to when fixing a damaged battleship. (The Japanese originally planned this for the Ise but went with a scaled down version to retain the big guns.) Might take a turn to convert, we haven’t play-tested it yet. The light carriers have the IJN Hiyo with them on the left just because of length- FOlewnik put 2 magnets in it so we could use it for either light or capital. You can see the finished canopies on the Zeroes.
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  • 2019 2018 Customizer

    A while ago, HBG had a sale on orange pieces so I took advantage of it and bought a lot of aircraft on the cheap. While looking for paint schemes for TBF Avengers, I came across a set of pictures of a model someone had built of a Royal Navy Avenger and decided it would be the first I attempted so I could add it to the Mosquitoes. While looking for better pictures of the canopy I found another depiction on Wings Palette with a description of its history. I haven’t put the magnet in it yet, but that will go in soon.
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