I’ve been looking for drawings of the HMS Warrior, an armoured frigate built in 1860, as well as the French ships Valmy and Napoléon, but locating decent ones to work with hasn’t been easy.  So, in the mean time, I decided to design my own ironclad.

TiamardaTiamarda stern

This is the Karadenian battleship Selsequenter.  It is a shining example of a Tiamarda-type ironclad, so-named because of its hull.  The Tiamarda hull is a Bulmutian invention, and was the first purpose-built iron warship hull.  Prior to that, ironclads were all built as iron-plated wooden ships, or as larger, iron versions of conventional wooden designs.  By the time that Karaden adopted the design, however, the rest of the continent had already stopped building them, and phased out sails on military vessels entirely.  Of course, this was completely in line with Karadenian naval practise.  Speaking of sails, the reason that the main course is furled on this model is simply because of how rarely it is used; sails could catch fire if exposed to hot exhaust, and the main course is not needed unless the engines stop working.

Karaden was never known for being an innovator when it came to ship design.  However, they were the first major power to use explosives in war since Skhara.  At a time when the rest of the continent was switching over to large frigates, Karaden was still using smaller galleons, using the logic that a large magazine is not required if one or two explosive shells are sufficient to blow apart a wooden ship-of-the-line.  The trend continues to this day, so Karadenian ships tend to have very outdated designs.  However, thanks to some of the best explosive shells available, Karadenian warships are nothing to scoff at.

The Selsequenter is armed with 120 guns: 2 180-lb breach-loaders (fore and aft turrets), 28 110-lb breach-loaders on the decks, and 90 “casemate guns,” which were originally 68-lb muzzle-loaders, but have been switched out with 270-lb naval howitzers.  The model depicted here is a full-hull model, but I will be offering a waterline model in my Shapeways shop, once I have it validated.


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