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Barry Kendall
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The first photos of A&A:WaS minis are posted on the AH site covering vessels revealed in their "Opening Salvo" materials.

Included are port-side profile views of USS Enterprise, KM Bismarck, USS Iowa and HMAS Canberra.

Enterprise and Iowa appear to have Deck Blue main decks. Both feature late-war camouflage patterns. Enterprise has a clean flight deck; no aircraft are represented on-deck.

Bismarck and Canberra have wood-colored main decks. There appears to be some tan overspray on vertical superstructure surfaces up to the 01 level on Bismarck.

Bismarck is depicted in its false bow wave/stern wave and black/white striped camouflage with a questionable camouflage extension up the superstructure sides.

Canberra is in overall light/medium gray and correctly depicts the Foreign Service County-class hull design (straight sheer bow to stern, no lowered afterdeck). Her hull correctly shows multiple rows of portholes.

Main turrets on both battleships and the cruiser appear to be separate parts, and turrets can apparently rotate at least on the battleships.

The overall appearance of the miniatures is about what one would expect; detail is slightly below that depicted on the Star Wars starship miniatures, and painted details do not quite appeart to be up to that standard (although the photos are not crystal-clear).

Reassuringly, at least on the photo-op minis, there appears to be no warping either of guns/masts or of hulls.

The first-look text promises that the full rules will be posted in advance of the game's March 26 '07 release.
 
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Took a bit of searching, but I found the page. Not too bad looking. Anybody know what ships will be done?

http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=ah/aam/ah20070129c

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From careful scrutiny of the "Opening Salvo" link to the simple start-up rules, there is definitely a Yamato-class IJN BB. It appears that there will also be a U.S. "baby flattop" of the converted tanker hull or converted Liberty hull variety, and a Baltimore-class CA; I have yet to see a weapon type illustrated on an A&A minis box that was not included in the game (discounting the dreadful Spitfire/Messerschmidt mistake).

There will also be aircraft; I believe an FW-200 Kondor is pictured, and I have seen mention of a PBY. These are considered "large aircraft" and will come one per base. It is reported that single-engine aircraft such as carrier-borne fighters, dive and torpedo bombers, will be represented as three aircraft to a base. The ships are to be 1/1800 scale, the aircraft 1/900 scale.

For reference' sake, the miniature airplanes commonly included with WW II waterline aircraft carrier models are 1/700 scale. GHQ metal wargaming ships are 1/2400, and the classic "collector" metal miniature ships are 1/1200 or 1/1250 scale.

I am fervently hoping that Bismarck will be partnered with a representation of "Prinz Eugen" and that the British OB will include "Hood," a KG V and "Rodney." Also hoping for "Graf Spee," "Exeter," "Ajax" or "Achilles" (one will do, they were sisters) but given that the "Australia" is represented we may or may not see more British cruisers.

Also hoping for an "Aoba" and several U.S. "treaty cruiser" classes for Guadalcanal actions along with a good selection of destroyers and Kirishima/Hiei.

It has been stated that submarines will be part of the mix, which might help explain the jeep carrier for Atlantic ASW operations.

Given that aircraft and subs are included in the 68 or so types represented, there will no doubt be some notable vessels excluded. The next month or two will tell the tale.

Upon closer examination, I am beginning to think that the detail level is comparable to the Star Wars space ships, but might be obscured due to the general level of clarity of the photos.

Thanks for posting the link, Ski, I'm lousy with computers.
 
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A bit more news, there's a nice overhead photo of the Yamato mini on the "official" site discussion board.

Yamato is in her 1945 configuration (enclosed triple 25mm mounts in a solid line down the beam, five mounts per side along the main deck edge). In 1944 the middle three mounts were absent. Interestingly, both the main turrets and the 6" secondaries rotate.

The model is depicted in IJN dark gray with a natural wood deck. On her final mission to Okinawa, Yamato was painted "silver" (Japanese Navy term for light haze gray) with "black" decks (blackened, apparently, with a stain made from coal dust). This information is from a survivor, the author of "Requiem for Battleship yamato." The color scheme is correct for Yamato's career prior to this cruise, with the possible exception of the darkened deck.

Two mono-wing seaplanes are depicted on the catapults, painted light gray. Seaplanes were not carried in an exposed position when Yamato anticipated surfact action as the blast from the 18.1 inch main battery would have knocked them overboard. They could probably be removed with a sharp hobby knife.

Detail on the model is good and the deck is very neatly painted. If this is a production sample, it is quite impressive.
 
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The Atlanta light cruiser looks pretty good, but the Japanese Tone-class cruiser looks kind of cheesy and not uop to the same standard as the other models. It may end up being the A&A:WAS "Hellcat" model (referring to the mis-scaled model in the initial A&A minis set.
 
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