Pivot to the Pacific

While I ruminate on how to proceed with my monument it is time to change directions a bit and look at 1/2400 modern naval war gaming.  I want to focus on the various models offered covering the People’s Republic of China (PRC).  The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has been undergoing a renaissance of both naval theory and naval architecture.  For many years the PLAN relied on ships and ship designs cast off from the Soviet Union.  No longer.  The PLAN has been building homegrown designs in all categories from submarines to destroyers to amphibious ships.  While it is true that they still use some Soviet/Russian ships and submarines like their “new” aircraft carrier, the naval construction program is very robust.

Here is part of my PLAN fleet.

PLAN Fleet – Models by Viking Forge

These particular models are by Viking Forge.  They have a good level of detail and are very reasonably priced and as far as I can tell they were the first to bring modern PLAN ships to market in 1/2400 scale.  The two closest ships in the front row are Type 052C (Luyang II) DDGs.  The middle two ships in the front row are Type 052B (Luyang I) DDGs.  The final two ships in the front row are Type 053H1 (Jianghu II) FFGs.  I’m working on hull numbers and deck markings next.

GHQ has decided to get back into modern micronaut market with some new PLAN vessels of their own.  Its amazing to me that a company like GHQ – self titled “Best Damn Wargaming Products” supplier since 1967 haven’t produced a new modern naval vessel since 1990.  That was the year they produced the LHD.  I’ll try not to harp on them too much about that because I am very happy they have had a change of heart.  Their newest models are the PLAN aircraft carrier, Liao Ning, the Type 054A (Jiankai II) FFG, and the Type 053H3 (Jiangwei II) FFG.  Here are the unpainted models from their catalog, unfortunately mine haven’t arrived yet.

Liao Ning Jiangkai II Jiangwei II

Now if I can just get one of these fine companies to start making the PLAN amphibious vessels we could have a really good battle in the Spratlys.  Better yet, maybe a little dust up with the JMSDF over the Senkaku Islands is in order.  Guess I better get the fleet painted.