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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
against the Glorious off Norway in 1940. The Warspites 15" fired 29,000 yards at
30 degrees elevation (Navweaps) while the Scharnhorsts 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
(See Updates page for complete list)
01/11/2018 - Added KM Baldr destroyer to the Germanic States Navy
04/11/2018 - Added KM T-01 & T-25 (TB) destroyer escorts to the Germanic States Navy
05/11/2018 - Added KM T-50 destroyers to the Germanic States Navy
06/11/2018 - Added KM Z1 destroyer leaders to the Germanic States Navy
08/11/2018 - Added KM Z25 destroyer leaders to the Germanic States Navy
09/11/2018 - Added KM Z60 & KM T-75 destroyers to the Germanic States Navy
10/11/2018 - Added Schnellboot (SB) to the Germanic States Navy
11/11/2018 - Added A-01 torpedo boats and KM Brummer minelayers to the Germanic States Navy
13/11/2018 - Added KM Lowe minelayers and KM Luchs Flottenbegleitter to the Germanic States Navy
14/11/2018 - Added KM Kondor escort to the Germanic States Navy
15/11/2018 - Added KM Torpedo Gunboats to the Germanic States Navy
16/11/2018 - Added KM Minesweepers to the Germanic States Navy
30/11/2018 - I am under
an injury cloud with rotator cuff damage in my shoulder. I start a course of
physiotherapy on the 4th December, for a few weeks. Apparently part of the
damage has occurred through RSI and OOS syndromes
from making the large number of small mouse movements required by the pixel artwork that I do for this website. I obtained a new desk with a slightly higher height from floor to desktop which altered the angle I use the
mouse even with gel pads and soft pads under my wrist to elbow. I will not be drawing for a while but I will be doing some work on the Sea Battles page instead. Currently working on a major battle between the Allied
and Axis forces in 1940.
30/12/2018 - Merry Xmas
and a Happy New Year to one and all. Hope you are having a great Holiday period.
As my Xmas present for the year I give to you the first drawing and a bit of
background for my new AU - Tyrrhenia.
Tyrrhenian Notes and Maps, Tyrrhenian Ship Page, TNS Cyprus (1908). (Fixed the link errors)
05/01/2019 - Having had
a couple of Physio sessions, it is the Shoulder and Shoulder blade that are
causing problems, and having been beaten up by the Physiotherapist I am feeling
a bit sorry for myself. I am working on the layout
of the Tyrrhenian Navy and will start producing some more drawings soon. Starting with the Ibiza class semi-Dreadnoughts.
06/01/2019 - Added TNS Ibiza to Tyrrhenian Navy, updated Tyrrhenian Navy page.
10/01/2019 - Added TNS Sardinia to Tyrrhenian Navy page.
16/01/2019 - Added TNS Crete to Tyrrhenian Navy page.
18/01/2019 - Added TNS Majorca to Tyrrhenian Navy page.
19/01/2019 - Added TNS Cyprus to Tyrrhenian Navy page.
22/02/2019 - Added TNS Tyrrhenia to Tyrrhenian Navy page.
29/01/2019 - Added TNS Cyprus to Tyrrhenian Navy page.
01/02/2019 - Added TNS Syracuse to Tyrrhenian Navy page.
04/02/2019 - Added TNS Heraklion to Tyrrhenian Navy page.
13/02/2019 - Added overhead drawings to TNS Syracuse - Doing overheads does add to the drawings but it can take a lot of extra time if I have to draw a lot of the overhead parts for each drawing.
22/02/2019 - Added TNS Augustus to Tyrrhenian Navy page.
01/03/2019 - One of my passions away from the computer is golf. Today I had the pleasure of hitting my second hole-in-one. As any golfer knows this is on of the greatest pleasures a golfer can know. Pics and text here.
04/03/2019 - Added TNS Caesar to Tyrrhenian Navy page.
21/03/2019 - Added TNS Ajaccio to Tyrrhenian Navy page.
22/03/2019 - Got the new trophy and added photo to Hole-in-one page
16/05/2019 - Added TNS Emperor to Tyrrhenian Navy page.
26/05/2019 - Added TNS Palma to Tyrrhenian Navy page.
22/06/2019 - Added TNS Duke to Tyrrhenian Navy page.
03/09/2019 - Added TNS Valetta to Tyrrhenian Navy page.
My apologies for length of time between drawings, but, this winter has not been good to me. Arthritis has got hold of me, with some of the worst areas being the knuckles in my right hand. (NO, it is not wankers cramp!) It has been a painful Winter and hopefully Spring will bring some warmer weather that will let me become a bit more productive. Otherwise if any of you generous people out there have got a nice home in Majorca they can let me have for May-October each year, I would be eternally grateful. (I would put up with the Costa Brava if I had to!)
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 new 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
- 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.
My original site blurb:
Action Stations etc: