Wednesday, July 31, 2019

1/600 WWII Pacific Coastal Forces


Continuing with my WWII in the Pacific forces, I present my 1/600 minis from PT Dockyard.  Not a large force, just big enough to give me some (hopefully) interesting games, and I can always add to them later, if necessary.  I'd bought these long before "Cruel Seas" was ever out (at least in public), but they'd sat on a shelf, untouched, until a bunch of guys (like that dastardly Sunjester, for example) started popping out coastal action batreps.  Those batreps convinced me to finally get off my butt and knock these things out.  As always, they're not beautiful, but they'll work for me, and some of you may be turned off as I gave them a really heavy wash to dirty them up.

So, here's what I've got:
-some sort of merchant ship, much bigger than everything else
-4 x US PT Boats
-1 x US LCM
-2 x 85' "Luggers"
-2 x Japanese T-1 MTBs
-1 x Japanese Type C Gunboat
-2 x Japanese 46' Daihatsu barges
-2 x Japanese Daihatsu gunboats

Here are the four US PT Boats, three exactly the same, the fourth with a radome.

A closeup two boats' starboard side.  You can see I painted them up camo, and tried to put wakes on the bow.

Port side.

Fore and aft.

The two Japanese T-1 MTBs.  A little flair with the red-nosed torpedoes.

Another look.

And one more.

The Japanese Type C Gunboat.

And port side.

The two 85' luggers.  I figure these will pull duty as either Allied or Japanese, depending on scenario needs.


The US LCM, which we used to call Mike Boats.


The four Japanese 46' Daihatsu barges.  The two unarmed troop carriers are at left, two converted into gunboats at right.

A closer look at the gunboats.

And the troop carriers.

And one more.

On to the merchantman.  I don't really know anything about it other than the description that it's 1200 tons.  It looks American to me, but I could be wrong.  Again I'll use it for either side, dependent upon the scenario needs.

Off the port beam.

The forward gun mount.

The bridge and forecastle.

And the stern.

So there you go, I am now in the coastal actions business, and happy to be there.  Not sure when I'll get their first games in, I've got a lot of dogfighting, then ground combat to do before PT Boats get into the fight.


My buddy Sunray's stuff:

"I know you appreciate adventures in 6mm, and I am modelling a river fleet in 6mm -  a sort of spin off to the recent Cruel Seas craze.  Four of the models featured below have Irregular DNA.

From the front:
  1. WWTM3 "D" class ferry converted to MZ Motozattera ferry (£28 from Warlord)
  2. GWV31  Gunboat -  major rebuild of superstructure and additional guns
  3. An Airfix 25mm Bailey Bridge float, cut down and married to bits from BO5, with additional guns from Cruel Sea - the weapons are mounted on tack heads, so I can re-equip as a Khartoum era Melik style vessel,
  4. BO4 -  converted to a 1930s era  car ferry- based on HO scale Sea Port Model Works model.
  5. The two works in progress in the background are a steam gun boat and an Arab Dhow - both being converted down to 6mm in scale

Enjoy the eye candy.  

Best wishes


PS - I have a number of 10mm ships on the slips Aircraft Carrier!"


  1. Hey Jack its Johnson,
    Really looking forward to seeing what you have coming down the pipe with these guys! I heard about the "Flotilla Forward" Stuff for Cruel Seas, I don't think it is out but I have seen some BATREPS for it. I love your narrative style none the less! Can't wait!

    1. Hey man, hope all is well. Yeah, Joe has had Flotilla Forward out for awhile, and I know he's been playing Cruel Seas, I'm sure he's using them together. I'll get to these as soon as possible, just too many projects.


  2. Looking really good Jack! I'm looking forward to seeing them in use.

    1. Thanks, and for the inspiration as well!


  3. Cool. I really like the camouflage on the merchant.

    1. Thanks Jim, and yeah, that super heavy wash turned out alright.