History can be boring when you know exactly what is going to happen. It is much more fun picking a start point and seeing what your mind can come up with to make a different part of the world come alive and be more than what it was and is. Using the strategic games to create a time-line for your alternate universe is one way of giving the background to your country a kick start. Using special points in history as start points by giving them a different outcome is another way to start your world. Then all you need is a bit of time and patience to make it all come alive.

This is my first try at creating something like this, so all the mistakes are mine. Remember that any mistakes may have been made on purpose to support some idea of mine in the unreal world I have created. More of these alternate countries allied to the Australis timeline will be added as I get to them. They will be like Australis in that it will be the naval side of the new world that I focus on. Control of the seas is paramount to trading interests.

 I'm happy to answer questions that these worlds may raise. Contact me at nigevids@gmail.com

A note for all. While all of these battleships and cruisers guns could fire 25,000 yards out to 45,000+ yards, the longest ranged hits achieved were by the Warspite's 15" on an Italian Cavour class battleship in the Mediterranean at about 26,000 yards. The same distance approximately (26.500 yards) was achieved by the Scharnhorst against the Glorious off Norway in 1940. The Warspite's 15" fired 29,000 yards at 30 degrees elevation (Navweaps) while the Scharnhorst's 11" guns fired a maximum of 44,760 yards at 40 degrees elevation (Navweaps). Capital ship actions after 1940 were mainly night actions (Guadalcanal, Matapan) or bad weather (Scharnhorst-v-Duke of York) where distance was not a factor. Later (1944-45) where the advances in RADAR made achieving a hit at longer ranges than 26,000 yards a possibility, there were few or no enemy battleships left to try out the new equipment on. Most well known actions started at 20,000 yards (River Plate) out to 25,000 yards (Denmark Strait) but hits were not achieved till the ships were closer together. By 1944 battleships had been reduced to fire support ships or big AA escorts. It is a sad fact for battleship lovers that the Japanese developed an 18" AA shell for Yamato.

In searching for a map that I can rotate I have run across this mans work: https://www.jasondavies.com/maps/rotate/

My own personal 'parts sheet' where I keep all of the odd turrets and other equipment I use on my drawings: Parts Sheet 22/05/2024    (open, right click and 'save image') updated and added to regularly.
 

Updates

(See Updates page for complete list)
 

30/03/2024 - Happy Easter! My next project is a redraw/rewrite of the Greek Navy. Added RHNS Averof to Royal Hellenic Navy page. Some of the pages are there but need a lot of work.

31/03/2024 - Added redraw of RHNS Katsonis to Royal Hellenic Navy page.

02/04/2024 - Added redraw of RHNS Salamis to Royal Hellenic Navy page.

03/04/2024 - Added redraw of RHNS Thesalonika to Royal Hellenic Navy page.

05/04/2024 - Added redraw of RHNS Lemnos to Royal Hellenic Navy page.

07/04/2024 - Added redraw of RHNS Athens to Royal Hellenic Navy page.

09/04/2024 - Added redraw of RHNS Santorini to Royal Hellenic Navy page.

10/04/2024 - Added redraw of RHNS Macedonia to Royal Hellenic Navy page.

11/04/2024 - Added new drawing of RHNS Kallithea to Royal Hellenic Navy page.

13/04/2024 - Added new drawing of RHNS Heraklion to Royal Hellenic Navy page.

18/04/2024 - I have been reviewing some of the older drawings, still remaining, and those countries that I have yet to refresh. There is the odd one to do, but most are pretty good. A lot of the made up countries I have done, I have used actual events and 'lost' continents to provide the stage for sets of drawings (Panagaea, Zealandia, Tyrrhenia, etc.) Quite frankly I am running out of ideas. I quite like the 'lost' continent theme as I can mix and match styles of ships and try different ideas. If you know of a 'lost' earth continent that I have so far missed and would like to offer some ideas as to what should be next I would love to hear from you - nigevids@gmail.com

22/04/2024 - Added new drawing IJN Taiheiyou to the Special Cruisers page.

Thanks to all those who replied to my request for ideas. They were varied and well thought out and presented. The one I am going to have a look at doing is the idea 'thaw out Antarctica'. Being me I took the idea a step further and decided that the best way to do that would be to alter the Earth pole to pole by 30 degrees, which would take Antarctica up into the fun zone. But it would also move the rest of the continents by the same amount and give a whole new map. The Earth could be rotated 30 degrees either way, North to South, or South to North, giving different results each way. The other point is to pick a meridian line that does the least damage to the map when rotated. I doubt my US watchers would be happy if the US became the new 'Arctic' region.  I don't want to alter the axial tilt as that gives us the seasons we know and love. Now all I have to do is to figure out how to do that in a sensible way. Wish me luck!  (If anybody has some good mapping skills and software I could sure do with some help.)

25/04/2024 - Added the new page "Rotating the World" I am working on Antarctica as can be seen by this Index pages header with the 18" battleship Captain Scott.

Today in New Zealand and Australia is ANZAC day. Were we remember our fallen comrades from all the battles NZ has been involved in for the last 110 years. It is especially poignant for me as two of my Great-Great-Uncles died in ANZAC Cove within 5 minutes of each other. A family tragedy.

26/04/2024 - Added ANS Captain Scott to the Antarctican Navy page. And so it begins.

28/04/2024 - Added ANS Major Amundsen (CV) to the Antarctican Navy page.

29/04/2024 - Added Antarctican Navy Beginnings to the Antarctican Navy page.

03/05/2024 - Added ANS Admiral Byrd to the Antarctican Navy page.

04/05/2024 - Added ANS Captain Ross to the Antarctican Navy page. May the fourth be with you! Happy Star Wars day!

05/05/2024 - Added ANS Commodore Peary to the Antarctican Navy page. Added ADV drawing to Peary class.

07/05/2024 - Added ANS Commodore Bancroft to the Antarctican Navy page

09/05/2024 - Added ANS Captain Shackleton to the Antarctican Navy page (you may notice that the ship names are all Polar Explorers - my homage to those very brave men and women.)

12/05/2024 - Added ANS Lord Admiral Hillary  to the Antarctican Navy page.

13/05/2024 - Added ANS Admiral Barents (BB)  to the Antarctican Navy page.

15/05/2024 - Added ANS Captain Dumont (BB)  to the Antarctican Navy page.

18/05/2024 - Added ANS Commodore Baer (BB)  to the Antarctican Navy page.

20/05/2024 - Added ANS Captain Franklin (BB)  to the Antarctican Navy page.

22/05/2024 - Added ANS Captain Cook (BB)  to the Antarctican Navy page. Last of the Big Boys Toys.

24/05/2024 - Added ANS Captain D'Urville (CB)  to the Antarctican Navy page.

26/05/2024 - Added ANS General Frobisher (CVL)  to the Antarctican Navy page.

29/05/2024 - Added ANS Captain Furneaux (CV) and Antarctican Aircraft  to the Antarctican Navy page. (more aircraft to come later)

30/05/2024 - Added ANS General Hudson (CVL)  to the Antarctican Navy page.

01/06/2024 - Added ANS Major Lennon (CV)  to the Antarctican Navy page.

02/06/2024 - Added ANS Captain McClintock (CVE)  to the Antarctican Navy page.

05/06/2024 - Added more to Antarctican Aircraft- which should now be complete - to the Antarctican Navy page.

07/06/2024 - Added ANS General Albanon (CV) and ANS Grand Admiral Weddell (CVA) - to the Antarctican Navy page. Last of the carriers.

08/06/2024 - Added write up for the Grand Admiral Weddell class carriers.

09/06/2024 - Added ANS Captain Mikkelson (ACR)  to the Antarctican Navy page.

09/06/2024 - Added ANS Major Manahan (ACR)  to the Antarctican Navy page. Raining cats and dogs - no golf today!

10/06/2024 - Added ANS Commodore Christensen (CL)  to the Antarctican Navy page.

12/06/2024 - Added ANS Admiral Saunders (CL)  to the Antarctican Navy page.

14/06/2024 - Added ANS Captain Worsley (CL) and ANS Senator Bransfield (CL) to the Antarctican Navy page.

15/06/2024 - Added ANS Brigadier Bjaaland (CL) to the Antarctican Navy page.

16/06/2024 - Added ANS General Gerlache (CL) to the Antarctican Navy page.

17/06/2024 - Added ANS Colonel Kolchak (CA) to the Antarctican Navy page.


 

 

If you do happen to find a broken link, or a link to the wrong page, could you please e-mail me and tell me thanks. I am only human and I do make mistakes.

 

Thanks to you all, for your continued support of my Site.

 

Major Powers - (those countries that produce capital ships of their own, these are the real life Major Powers.)

 

Europe - (Iberia, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Hellenic Republic, etc)

 

South America - (Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Venezuela, Uruguay)

 

Other Countries - (Unaligned Minor powers not noted above - Thailand,  etc)

 

Battleship of the 21st Century:   My idea of what a battleship/battlecruiser built this century may look like. 

 

Maps of my World:   Maps of Europe, South America and North America, Africa showing the changes I have made. 

 

Whittles World: Where jet engines arrive early and mean aircraft carriers need some new parts.

 

SB Challenges:  Unaligned drawings done for Shipbucket challenges.

 

The Sea Battles.  This is where I will put the battles pages of the various participants and the results.

 

Updates: the list of updates from above will be saved to this page. Readers can follow the update sequence.

Fictional Empires:
those countries I have created and built ships for.


Special Cruiser Projects


Special Project Ships -
Battleships and Battlecruisers of mixed countries.

 

Hole in one:  Oh what a feeling!!. The other side of golf:  Boo hoo!

 

 

eXTReMe Tracker

 

My original intent for this site was as a display for the 1/700 scale ship models I had designed and built as 'never built' kits. Lots of variation on standard kitsets. The photos of these in conjunction with 'Shipbucket.com' drawings were to create pages in my Alternate Universes. Unfortunately the photos made the site too big. My ISP only gives 50mb space for homepages. A good quality photo of my alternate USS Kentucky can be well over 250kb, you do not get many photos onto a site at that size when you have 80+ ships to display. Hopefully one day I will be able to afford a bigger site. Until then you will just have to put up with what is here so far. The Shipbucket drawings suffer from the same problem I have with the 1/700 scale kitsets, the scale you are working with does not provide accurate drawings no matter what they may believe. At a scale of 2 pixel to the foot the Shipbucket drawings have a problem with their weapons. A 20mm gun drawn as 1 pixel line gives a barrel 6 inches in diameter which would be more appropriate for a gun of 70-80mm size. The Shipbucket drawings have pretty little add ons like stanchions down the sides of the ships to carry the guard rails - both of which are also the 1 pixel - 6 inch sizing. The drawings look pretty and are good to look at but cannot be taken as 'correct' as per my points above. To get to a 'True' scale drawing the Shipbucket drawings would need to be at least 3 to 4 times their current size. These would be huge. This is not a criticism of Shipbucket.com, the drawings done in the scale they use are awesome, I have had a wonderful time using them for my Alternate Universe creations.

(See below for Freehosting.com ballsup.)

My apologies for the site having been down (20/07/2018 -to- 08/11/2018). Unfortunately, my previous host, Freehosting.com, were absolutely useless. There is no such thing as customer service at that company. My account was paid up to date, and the Domain Name was not due to expire till the 26th of October 2018. Freehosting.com expired my Domain Name three months early so that they could hold me to ransom for my Domain Name. They are a bunch of rip off Artists I would not recommend to anyone (economic Terrorists). On a scale of 1-10, they measure at the 'rot in hell' end of the scale. (see below for more details)

08/11/2018 - What a battle it has been. The Prats from Prague (Freehosting.com) just did not want to let go. It took an order from Public Domain Registry to unlock my Domain Name from them.

The transfer from my old host to my new one has finally completed, and after 7 hours of FTP uploading the site is finally back.

As of 1.30pm NZ time the site is up and running again.

It will be great to finally be able to get back to just creating pages for the site, rather than what felt like battling for its survival.


25/08/2018 -
My website started as a homepage through my Internet Provider until they canceled their homepage system. So I had to find a cheap alternative. Mr Google helped and I went with a Hosting site called "Freehosting". I pay for my Domain name registration on an anual renewal basis, about US$15 a year. First two years, no problem, send me the bill, I pay and away we go.

Unfortunately this year, no bill to pay has been sent, first I hear is from a regular user of my website who e-mailed me to tell me the site was down. I figured it had to be a hardware failure and e-mail my host "Whats happening?". No reply. I go to the client maintenance section and check that I am still financially up to date, which shows that I am paid through to 26th October 2018. But my Domain name shows as being "Expired". I send a couple of e-mails to my Host asking what the problem is and...... nothing. Black hole... No response.

In the two years I have been with this Host I have never received an answer to any e-mail I have sent them. They have never acknowledged there is a problem on their site when they have been down. In fact their customer service has been Zero. Not good for what is essentially a service company.

So, I had two options:

1/. Pay the latest statement showing on my account to get my Domain Name back up, even though it is paid for through to 26th October. What I call Economic Terrorism, having to ransom my Domain Name or have my site down for 3 months at least. With the same problem likely to happen next year. Something I found when talking to other Domain Name Hosts, was that the only way I could transfer my Domain Name away from Freehosting was to get an 'EPP' number from Freehosting that would allow me to transfer the Domain Name to another Host company. Needless to say I received no answer to my two requests for this number.

2/. Take the pain and wait till my Domain Name comes free in three months time (now two months). That is what I have done. I have a 'purchase' order with my future host to grab my Domain Name once it comes free at the end of October so that nobody else can steal it out from under me and I get held to ransom all over again. What I have done is to use a future host that is based in New Zealand where I live. That way I can go thump some desks if a similar strategy is tried in the future. Bit hard to go to Prague where my current host resides. I can't see any authorities being interested in chasing up after what is essentially a US$4.00 event.

I have used a lot of four letter words and probably invented a few more over the last six weeks. One of those times when going cheap has cost me dearly.

I have a tracking button on my page that tells me how many numbers of visitors have been on my site, also tells me where they are from etc. Current number is up over 70,000 which is pretty good for an unadvertised 'homepage'. What has been funny are the three people from Russia who seem to be able to still access my website where no one else can. My own personal hackers!
 

22/08/2018 - We moved house about 3 years ago and it has taken me this long to get my 'hobby' room set up with my model collection unpacked out of its boxes. Once I have got things ready I will start taking pics of the kitsets that a lot of my original ideas came from for my Alternate Universe ships. (September 2018) Her indoors has decided she wants to paint the room first.

Thanks to Martijn de Jongh for his tip on how to get my Header banner working.

Thanks to Hugo Tomsby for help with the Scandinavian AU naming conventions.

16/04/2016 - Apologies to all. I have exceeded my homepage limit and will need to learn to how to hotlink the images/pictures I use on this site from my Dropbox account. Then I will have to go back through and change over the pictures which will take some time. I will be working at reduced limits till I get this done.

17/04/2016 - Looks like we have worked out the syntax for the linking the drawings/photos to Dropbox. A big thank you to John Christini for his invaluable help.

27/10/2016 - Transferred site from ISP homepage to new Alternate Universe Warship page.

 

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