Tsarist battleships Rostislav

Discussion in 'Ship & Watercraft Models' started by Gregory Shoda, May 9, 2007.

  1. Gregory Shoda

    Gregory Shoda Member

    Below are images of my model of the Tsarist predreadnought battleship Rostislav. Rostislav served with the Black Seas fleet during WWI. This model is part of an ongoing project of mine to build samples of the Tsarist predreadnought fleet.


    While playing with my Kodak Easyshare software, I found that I could convert files to cartoons. Below is the result. I thought I would include it just for fun.

  2. eibwarrior

    eibwarrior Member

    That's great Gregory.

    One of the more unusual subjects I've seen in paper modeling.

    The turret arrangement is quite unique.

    The "cartoon" element of your camera is intersting. You could do some neat rendering of your models with that feature.
  3. Clashster

    Clashster Member

    Great looking build! and LOL on the cartoon! That would make a great avatar!

  4. Renaud

    Renaud Member

    turret arrangement

    It is reminiscent of the innovative French battleship Jauréguiberry (laid on keel, 1891), one 305 front and back, and 8 X 138,6 in four turrets flanking the main ones.


    whose manœuvrability impressed the Russians so much that they ordered an improved version, the Tsesarevitch, damaged at Port Arthur later.
  5. Amazyah

    Amazyah Senior Member

    That's beautiful, Gregory! I really enjoy how all your models seem to have this clean, organized, precision look to them! Very appealing!

    That cartoon feature on your camera looks pretty cool! You could use it to get pictures of your real subjects and use the cartoon output as a basis for designing a model!
    Pretty cool feature indeed!

  6. Gregory Shoda

    Gregory Shoda Member

    Thanks eibwarrior, clashster, & amazyah for your comments.

    The Russians and the French (as Renaud mentions) were early to recognize the advantages of placing secondary guns in turrets.

    I like the Russian & French predreadnoughts because they are less generic and more extreme looking than their British, Japanese, & American (with a few exceptions) contemporaries. As a matter of fact, Jaureguiberry is my favorite predreadnought. I built a model of it a long time ago. It was my first predreadnought model.
  7. Renaud

    Renaud Member


    I forgot to mention the 274,4 side turrets. Until 1903 (cuirassés type Patrie), French battleships were fitted with 305 , 274.4 and 138.6, too many different shells to stock on a single ship, and this apart from the anti-torpedo guns (2 different calibers): French were convinced that the battleship should engage and match any opponent, whatever could be its category.
  8. Art Decko

    Art Decko Member

    Gregory, your pre-dreadnought models are really fine works, please keep sharing them with us!

    I love pre-dreadnoughts, they are so much more interesting and romantic than later warships, with all their masts, funnels, gun sponsons, even ramming prows. To me they are much more evocative than the more utilitarian creations which followed later in the 20th century.

    I did a quick down-n-dirty Photoshop job on one of your snaps to make it look more like an old photo. Your model is very convincing! :)
  9. Alcides

    Alcides Member

    Wow!!! Very nice job. I like a lot this kind of ships.

    Well, I have a taste for earlier ones !!! I like earlier planes, earlier jets, earlier ships :razz:

    What are your source of information? Do you have books? Some interesting link on the web?
  10. Renaud

    Renaud Member

    material for oldies and oddities




    This latter link allows you to look for many more boats (more than 10000!), enter a name at random. I don't understand where to find and list them elsewhere on the website. For an example, I entered "Solferino" or "Amiral Duperré" and found them here, don't know how to another way.
  11. Alcides

    Alcides Member

  12. Gregory Shoda

    Gregory Shoda Member

    Thanks art deco & alcides. Nice photo, art deco. Can you add waves? Wish I knew how to do that. My Kodak software also allows me to tint my photos with a sepia effect, which also makes the photos look old, but not like the one you posted.

    As for drawings, I had been using drawings from V. M. Tomich's book Warships of the Imperial Russian Navy. However, I noticed that these were not highly accurate. I am now using drawings from various internet sources.

    There are some nice drawings in the following two websites

    For photo references, the two best are

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