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Donald M. Scheef
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 5:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My guesses for 2018-2019 Micronaut releases

GHQ has released the last of the 2017-2018 Micronauts and within the next month they will announce their new releases for the coming year. I would like to post my predictions/guesses for next yearís Micronaut releases. A suggestion from Mikee started this several years ago and it seemed to provoke some good discussions. We are interested in any support or contradictory opinions. Those of you interested in Microarmor, ACW or Napoleonic figures, etc.; start your own thread.

For those of you following the Consolidated Micronaut Wish List, predictions/guesses for next yearís releases do not count as votes in the Wish list.

For some time now, GHQ has consistently released twelve Micronauts per year. Since they resumed production of modern warships, there has been a pattern of four ships from the WWI era, four from WWII, and four modern (late Cold War or post-Cold War) ships (although in the 2016-2017 series there were five WWII and only three WWI). I predict that they will continue with twelve releases this year and return to four each WWI, WWII, and four post-Cold War.

WWI era releases: GHQ has already provided a fairly good collection of German and British ships of this era (although there are still a pre-Dreadnaught battleship, the Renown-class battlecruisers, several cruisers, and plenty of destroyers yet to be produced). Last year, GHQ introduced Italian WWI series with the Doria and Cavour battleships. For other countries for which GHQ has produced WWI ships (Austria-Hungary, France, Russia, and the USA) there are diminishing good choices.

All of the Ďmoderní (by Great War standards) battleships, cruisers and destroyers of the Austro-Hungarian navy have been produced. The armored cruiser Sankt Georg and the never-built ersatz Monarch, are possibilities. There are a number of pre-Dreadnought French ships that would make reasonable choices, including Charlemagne class battleships and Edgar Quinet class armored cruisers. Among Russian ships, the Svetlana class light cruisers and Kerch class destroyers are desirable. For the USA, New Mexico (BB 40) class battleships and Caldwell (DD 69) class destroyers would extend the available line.

Eventually, I expect GHQ to introduce Japan into the Great War series, but not this year. Although they did not participate in extensive combat during the war, their ships were interesting and there were possibilities among hypothetical battles. I canít think of any other nations that would be significant to WWI.

My predictions for Great War releases are:
- UK battlecruiser Renown-class
- France pre-Dreadnought battleship Charlemagne-class (three in the class, all at the Dardanelles). The armored cruiser Edgar Quinet-class is my backup choice.
- Italy battleship Dante Alighieri (only a single ship but with unique appearance)
- Italy destroyer Indomito-class.

For my four selections in the era of WWII, Iím going to divide them according to type of ship rather than by country.

Recently GHQ seems to have been producing at least one aircraft carrier each year. Although I am more interested in surface warfare, I predict that there will be another aircraft carrier in this yearís offerings. My prediction is USS Lexington (CV-2) as she appeared at Coral Sea (most notably; four twin 8-inch guns replaced by seven quadruple 1.1-inch anti-aircraft guns. As a backup, I think the UK Vindex-class escort carriers might appear Ė itís been a while since a new model of a WWII British carrier has appeared.

I also think there will be a battleship from WWII produced in the next year. I predict USS Idaho (BB-42) as she appeared in 1945 at Iwo Jima and Okinawa with individual enclosed 5Ē/38 gun mounts. My alternate is a late-war Fuso.

GHQ should produce a WWII era cruiser in the coming year. My first choice is the French heavy cruiser Duquesne class. My second choice in this area are the Dido class cousins Scylla and Charybdis.

For my fourth choice in the WWII era, I am having trouble deciding between a destroyer type, an amphibious type, a merchant/auxiliary type, or a pack of aircraft. Last year, I predicted UK Fleet Air Arm carrier-based aircraft and missed. This year, Iím going to predict UK V & W-class long-range escort conversion.

Without going through a lot of details, my predictions for modern Micronauts are:
- China Type 071 (Yuzhao)-class amphibious transport
- US amphibious transport America (LHA-6)-class
- UK aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth (R08)
- Russia frigate Admiral Gorshkov (Project 22350)-class

As a backup, I suggest that GHQ might start a line of modern NATO ships with the Horizon (Forbin/Andrea Doria) class frigates and FREMM (Aquitaine/Bergamini) class frigates.

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CG2
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, my predictions are :

WWI

- UK Seaplane Carrier Engadine
- Italy San Giorgio Cruiser
- Germany Submarines
- French pre-dreadnought sounds good

WW2

- UK Carrier Aircraft (Fighters, late war bombers)
- UK Battle Class Destroyer or Black Swan Sloop
- US Flight Deck Cruiser
- Japanese Fujimoto Compact Battleship design

Modern

- UK QE Carrier seems a cert
- US Replenishment vessel - Kaiser?
- US Virginia SSN
- Chinese LPD also looks good

It still strikes me as strange that the demand seems mainly focussed towards collection rather than wargaming in this range!
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regia-marina



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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd like to know what the feasibility would be of releasing upgrade packs for different superstructure configurations. For example, the Trento and Trieste are sold in their 1930's peacetime configuration. I'd like to see a release of their wartime configurations with the modernized funnel caps.
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking over the set of active warships that GHQ hasn't produced yet for the five countries they currently cover, there are:

US

* America-class LHA (2)
* Harpers Ferry LSD (4) - Unlikely since they put out the Whidbey Island LSD recently.

UK

* Queen Elizabeth CV (2)
* Albion LSD (2)

China

* Type 055 DDG (2)
* Type 071 LPD (6)
* Type 056 corvette (37+)

Japan
* Atago DDG (2)
* Asahi DD (2)
* Akizuki DD (4)
* Abukuma DE (6)

Russia

* Kuznetsov CV (1) - Unlikely
* Ropucha LST (15) - Unlikely
* Alligator LST (4) - Unlikely
* Admiral Grigorovich FFG (3)
* Neustrashimyy FFG (2)
* Tarantul corvette (25+)
* Zubr LCAC (2+)

The most modern ships of two countries they might want to expand into are India and South Korea:

India

* Vikramaditya CV (1)
* Kolkata DDG (3)
* Delhi DDG (3)
* Shivalik FFG (3)
* Talwar FFG (6)
* Kamorta corvette (3)

South Korea

* Dokdo LPH (2)
* Sejong the Great (3+3)
* Chungmugong Yi Sun-shin DDH (6)
* Incheon FFG (6)

My thoughts on the 2018-2019 Modern warships:
* Generally there are four modern warships and that trend will likely continue.
* The US had two ships in 2017-2018, so I think there will be at most one US ship this year.
* China had one ship in 2017-2018, and I think that will continue this year.
* Japan had one ship in 2017-2018, and all the major ships (except the Atago) are covered.
* None of the metal 1/2400 miniature metal manufacturers make ships for India or South Korea.[/list]

So my picks are:
* America-class LHA or Queen Elizabeth CV (likely only one carrier-type ship from an existing country)
* Type 071 LPD or Type 056 corvette
* Atago DDG or Akizuki DD or a new country
* Admiral Grigorovich FFG or a new country

If GHQ decides to expand to other countries, then the likely selection will be two ships for a country such as:
* Vikramaditya CV and Kolkata DDG
* Dokdo LPH and Sejong the Great DDG

Personally, I would like to see:
* Type 056 corvette
* Atago DDG
* Asahi DD
* Tarantul corvette (but I am biased since there is one an hour away from me)

Looking forward to the new announcements.
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michaelw43



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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are my guesses for new WWII Micronauts in 2018-19 :

WWII USA battleship Idaho, 1945
WWII France heavy cruiser Duquesne class
WWII UK sloop Black Swan class
WWII Japan light aircraft carrier Shoho, 1942

If there are 5 WWII ships:
WWII Soviet destroyer type 7U class

Hope to see the new release list from GHQ soon. Smile

Michael W
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regia-marina



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm re-posting this for GHQ in order to see if this is feasible.

I'd like to know what the feasibility would be of releasing upgrade packs for different superstructure configurations. For example, the Trento and Trieste are sold in their 1930's peacetime configuration. I'd like to see a release of their wartime configurations with the modernized funnel caps.
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Donald M. Scheef
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Results of my guesses for 2018-2019 Micronaut releases

GHQ has announced their new releases for the coming year. I had a couple of good guesses and quite a few failures.

As they have for several years GHQ announced the release of twelve Micronauts this year. I had predicted four each of modern, WWII, and WWI types. Instead they listed five WWII and only three WWI, as they did last year).

WWI era releases: GHQ has already provided a fairly good collection of German and British ships of this era (although there are still a pre-Dreadnaught battleship, the Renown-class battlecruisers, several cruisers, and plenty of destroyers yet to be produced). Last year, GHQ introduced Italian WWI series with the Doria and Cavour battleships. For other countries for which GHQ has produced WWI ships (Austria-Hungary, France, Russia, and the USA) there are diminishing good choices.


My predictions for Great War releases were:
- UK battlecruiser Renown-class
- France pre-Dreadnought battleship Charlemagne-class (three in the class, all at the Dardanelles). The armored cruiser Edgar Quinet-class is my backup choice.
- Italy battleship Dante Alighieri (only a single ship but with unique appearance)
- Italy destroyer Indomito-class.
I got none of these correct. About the only success I had here was in predicting two Italian and one UK type.

My four selections in the era of WWII were:
- USS Lexington (CV-2) as she appeared at Coral Sea (most notably; four twin 8-inch guns replaced by seven quadruple 1.1-inch anti-aircraft guns. As a backup, I think the UK Vindex-class escort carriers might appear Ė itís been a while since a new model of a WWII British carrier has appeared.
- USS Idaho (BB-42) as she appeared in 1945 at Iwo Jima and Okinawa with individual enclosed 5Ē/38 gun mounts. My alternate is a late-war Fuso.
- French heavy cruiser Duquesne class. My second choice in this area are the Dido class cousins Scylla and Charybdis.
- UK V & W-class long-range escort conversion.
I did fairly well on these, getting two out of four (or five) correct.

My predictions for modern Micronauts were:
- China Type 071 (Yuzhao)-class amphibious transport
- US amphibious transport America (LHA-6)-class
- UK aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth (R08)
- Russia frigate Admiral Gorshkov (Project 22350)-class
The only one I guessed correctly here was the Type 071.

All in all, not so bad. Even with radar-range finding, late WWII ships never got close to hitting with 25% of their shells.

CG2 was close with a prediction of the Italian San Giorgio class cruisers in WWI.
michaelw43 matched my correct WWII predictions and also indicated that there would be five releases for the era.
For modern types only, whenimaginationfails correctly predicted Type 071 and Akizuki.

Hope this has amused everyone.

Don S.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello guys, would be possible to convert a Tribal Class destoryer model into its Post war Canadian DDE modernization IE HMCS Haida? as that would be cool to see as a 1/2400 scale mini.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I need to repaint my fleet and most of it is modern US Navy. Some of it is earlier cold war US Navy - not sure if the color ever changed.

For you veteran ship painters: what color do you use for your modern USN ships?

Thanks

-Mike
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