Deja Vu by Briney ()
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Destroyers don't get much press. The Royal Navy's E-class destroyer HMS Electra accompanied the new battleship HMS Prince of Wales to the bright waters of Far-East in late 1941 to help the battlecruiser HMS Repulse hold the Straits Territories against the looming threat of Japanese aggression- some last minute "gunboat-on-steroids" diplomacy.
HMS Prince of Wales hardly needs an introduction to many folk around here. Her baptism of fire in May that year before the guns of Hitler's Bismarck had seen the total annihilation of her grand old chaperone, HMS Hood. While that catastrophe early in the pursuit and destruction of the Bismarck made history, you may not know that this same HMS Electra baking in the tropical sun alongside Prince of Wales was the very destroyer whose crew had bleakly combed for survivors where the Hood had disappeared all those months before. There were just three... extremely lucky men!
When Force Z sailed from Singapore on December 8th 1941, shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack, did anyone have any inkling how soon the telephones in Whitehall would be ringing again with bad news? Electra and the other destroyers returned to Singapore alone a couple of days later ... but this time at least they were bulging with survivors.
Thanks for viewing and comments
E-class destroyer and super lo-res sailors modelled in Shade 10.5. Haven't mapped it yet, just shaders for now. Still looking for reference images of any camouflage scheme she might have had.
I lashed out and bought the untextured "King George V-class" obj model from Turbosquid- it needs some serious "rainy day" work to finesse the hull and superstructure (in preparation, I must admit, for the G3M "Nells" I have forming in the Shade "pipeline") but with a quickie texture, its a good enough background prop now.
Image Comments (9)
debbielove () 7:53AM | Mon, 06 May 2013
Having read a book on this total cock up! The loose of the Prince Of Wales and Repulse was needless and stupid.. But, that's easily said now I S'pose! Great work mate, looking good! Rob
UVDan () 9:19AM | Mon, 06 May 2013
Great scene! You are doing a good job with the shaders. I hate buying a model and then having to do work on it to bring it up to standard either with additional modeling or uv mapping and texture painting. I totally agree with debbielove.
steelrazer () 9:40AM | Mon, 06 May 2013
Really nice one, Brian. I also like the way you used the shaders...looks really good at a long shot and gives enough color interference to look good. I'm sure the final tex will be a killer. All around very satisfying...interesting history tidbits as well!
AliceFromLake () 9:59AM | Mon, 06 May 2013
Very fine. I got PoW from DeEsponna some years ago and wanted to make just this situation of sinking PoW and Repulse like you, Brian. Repulse and G3M are on my list for building. G3M should be an easy model. Most work is for Repulse. But now I am working on Lexington of 1942. I am curious seeing your results.