Photos of Test Shot of Paris-class French Battleship

As usual, when I get something this cool in, I share it as quickly as I can.

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Below you’ll find photos of the test shot of the Paris-class French Battleship. As before, please note this is a test shot and the photos are directly from the factory (so I’ve no control over the lighting and so forth). What’s more, you’ll quickly notice that the main batteries don’t have their gun barrels attached just yet…but the rest of the details are so awesome I didn’t want to wait to get new photos, but instead wanted to share immediately.

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Once I get sprues in hand, I’ll take some more detailed photos, like I did for the HML Leviathan, and post those as well.

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Comments (22)

Laughing FerretMay 18th, 2011 at 11:34 am

Beautiful. eagerly awaiting these

AndréMay 18th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Really nice!

PikMay 18th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

She’s beautiful :) How long is she?

ToolianMay 18th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

This is easily better than any free internet porn.

wildgerMay 18th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Enough teasing. When am I be able to get my hands on it? Have you ever thought of a deluxe or premium edition of your game with the miniatures fully painted in details?

AndréMay 18th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I´ve got some questions:

Will we see japanese ships and will they get their iconic pagoda-turret design?
Will we see an equivalent to submarines (e.g. small ships that somehow can become invisible for a short time)?
Will there be buildings going to be released?
Will there be “cloudgenerators” to hide ships?

blackbrunswickerMay 18th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Oooh. Pretty. I’m looking forward to holding the real thing in my hands, and then having HML Leviathan blow it out of the sky. XD

KarasuMay 19th, 2011 at 10:15 am

André, if you get the free introductory PDF from Beasts of War and then look at page 7, there’s 3 sketches for what I assume are other nations’ Light Cruisers. Based on the flags to the right, they’d be Japanese, Russian and Austro-hungarian.

The shapes of the turrets are quite hard to see, but you do see certain amount of style, like prow, main lifting tanks. The Japanese(?) prow makes me think of a bullet train.

Randall BillsMay 19th, 2011 at 10:37 am

Wildger: I really wish we had a launch date…I promise I do…but we ‘are’ getting closer and closer. As for the teasing, well, I’ve been sharing just about everything and its dog about this game and universe from the beginning…if some of it comes across as teasing, well… ;-)

Andre: All factions will have a unique look at feel (nice catch there, Karasu…); I’ve got some rules scribbled down to playtest on submarines…currently working on German/Italian rules; there’s no current plans for ground combat (though I’ve got some ideas scribbled down for that as well for well into the future); the Core Box Set doesn’t include clouds…we’ll release those rules seperately.

AndréMay 19th, 2011 at 10:42 am

Hm, I do own the PDF, but ships on the left clearly have british and french flags and there are no sketches in mine, only the full color pictures.

Randall BillsMay 19th, 2011 at 10:48 am

Andre, the one off of the site is an updated PDF from just last week…we’re working to get that PDF updated to this site as well.

Randall BillsMay 19th, 2011 at 11:29 am

Andre, check out: New page we just added, and that “Leviathans Introduction” PDF is an update to the one you’ve already got. Feel free to grab it and check it out. Thanks!

AndréMay 19th, 2011 at 11:54 am

Got it. Much better now. Ships related to the flags to the right? I really like the bullet design.

luckyb0yJune 4th, 2011 at 10:11 am

I don’t know if you’ve already noticed, but the rear right steering gear is assembled wrong (it looks like upside-down left one). I might be nitpicking, but this is something to avoid since you are going the pre-made route. I don’t know where the miniatures are manufactured, but I assume most workers couldn’t really care less about the game. This coupled with the fact that superficially it looks correct could lead to potential problems. Something to be aware of, I guess.

On a positive note (the criticism is there because I care, I wouldn’t bother otherwise): This is shaping up to be a fantastic game. I like the rules that I’ve seen so far – lean and elegant, yet supportive of very strategic gameplay. I imagine that advanced rules will make things even more interesting.
Miniatures are simply gorgeous. While I’d rathe paint them myself I don’t mind and understand that it makes the game much more accessible. From business point of view it’s a no-brainer, as long as you can keep the costs down. I don’t know if that’s what killed them but most pre-painted lines didn’t stick around for long. Fingers crossed it will work our for you.
I don’t know much about the background yet, but this is secondary. The premise and the alternative take on the pre Great War build-up have a lot of potential. It remains to be seen how it will be realised. As I said though it won’t make or break the game for me.

Anyway, I wish you best of luck and hopefully soon we will see the game in stores.

Randall Bills > Chuck NorrisJune 5th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

the steering gears are not glued wrong. Both the right and left are the same.

luckyb0yJune 6th, 2011 at 3:18 am

That’s strange as the steering gear grooves on the British battleship are parallel and here they aren’t. Please compare last picture in this post with this one:

ToolianJune 6th, 2011 at 5:00 am

lucky, the picture above is a french ship.

the picture in your link is a british ship.

2 completely different ships.

luckyb0yJune 6th, 2011 at 5:55 am

Yes I know that. Compare the rear steering gear/stabilisers on British ship to French one. On the British one the grooves run parallel to the axis of symmetry. Exactly like in the orthograph:

Now the French battleship model the grooves are not parallel, while they clearly are on the orthograph:

That’s why I think it’s mis-assembled , unless it’s a problem with the model design which would be much harder if not impossible to rectify at this stage.

ToolianJune 6th, 2011 at 6:36 am

The blue prints match the model exactly. The the steering gears are “angeled in ward”

not sure what you are seeing.

If you look at the sprue of the french battleship, it is impossible to glue it on wrong. The steering gear is one solid pies the glues into a “groove”

luckyb0yJune 6th, 2011 at 8:01 am

I made a picture to illustrate what I mean and prove I’m not going crazy ;) .

This can’t be result of stabilisers being at an odd angle etc. They are all perfectly horizontally aligned as can be seen on the other pictures.

ToolianJune 6th, 2011 at 8:08 am

ah I see, those are not steering gears, those are fins

glued upside down? or is it a auto cad goof?

ToolianJune 6th, 2011 at 10:23 am

I’m 99% certain that the fin is glues upside down.

The tip or point of the fin does not match up. I took the photo of the ship on photoshop and cut out the fin and places it over the straight lines, the curvature does not match up. But does when I “mirrored” the fin.

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