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Model Guide: War of the Pacific


The long awaited pack, War of the Pacific is out now, which means its time to assemble your Peruvian and Chilean squadrons for battle! Finding these models can be a bit difficult, however two 3D miniature makers have risen to the challenge to provide you with quality, easy-to-find/print ship models that you'll need to play the scenarios in this pack. Let's take a look...


A vast majority of the ships involved in the War of the Pacific are available as 3D Printable models by East Coast Ironclads. Two sets will get you nearly all of ship models that you'll need to cover the scenarios included in this pack: War of the Pacific and the Battle of Cherbourg. The British ships are currently not included in the ECI collection, but they are both available from Long Face Games (Wargame Vault).


The following guide will help you match the right ship model with its historical counterpart. Some ships might require a little scaling if you are wanting precise size match, but generally speaking you are free to use any model that you see fit.


Chilean Ships

Abtao: Originally designed as a Confederate commerce raider, CSS Texas, a slightly enlarged CSS Alabama would serve as a reasonable match. (Model notes: 1/600 - Length: 107mm, Beam: 21mm)


Almirante Cochrane: Available in the East Coast Ironclads War of the Pacific Set (see 8 below).


Blanco Encalada: Available in the East Coast Ironclads War of the Pacific Set (see 8 below).


Chacabuco: A slightly enlarged CSS Alabama would serve as a reasonable match. (Model Notes: 1/600 - Length: 107mm, Beam: 17mm)


Covadonga: Available in the East Coast Ironclads War of the Pacific Set (see 3 below).


Esmeralda: Available in the East Coast Ironclads War of the Pacific Set (see 7 below).


Lamar: Typical of Chilean and Peruvian transports operating off the coast, the Rimac (see 2 below) would serve as a reasonable match.


Magallanes: A model of USS Kearsarge would serve as a reasonable match. (Model Notes: 1/600 - Length: 102mm, Beam: 14mm)


O’Higgins: A slightly enlarged CSS Alabama would serve as a reasonable match. 1/600 - Length: 107mm, Beam: 17mm


Torpedo Boats: Available in the East Coast Ironclads War of the Pacific Set (see 1 below).


Peruvian Ships

Atahualpa: Available in the East Coast Ironclads War of the Pacific Set and from Long Face Games on Wargame Vault. Alternatively, any Canonicus-class monitor from the American Civil War would match.


Chalaco: Available in the East Coast Ironclads War of the Pacific Set. Alternatively, any sidewheel blockade runner from the American Civil War would match. (Model Notes: 1/600 - Length: 151mm, Beam: 18mm)


Huáscar: Available in the East Coast Ironclads War of the Pacific Set (see 5 below).


Independencia: Available in the East Coast Ironclads War of the Pacific Set (see 4 below).


La Unión: Originally designed as a Confederate commerce raider, CSS Mississippi, an enlarged CSS Alabama or USS Kearsarge, or even an Esmeralda (see below) would serve as a reasonable match. (Model notes: 1/600 - Length: 123mm, Beam: 61mm)


Limeña: Typical of Chilean and Peruvian transports operating off the coast, the Rimac (see 2 below) would serve as a reasonable match.


Manco Paco: Available in the East Coast Ironclads War of the Pacific Set and from Long Face Games on Wargame Vault. Alternatively, any Canonicus-class monitor from the American Civil War would match.


Oroya: Use the Chalcao in the East Coast Ironclads War of the Pacific Set. Alternatively, any sidewheel blockade runner from the American Civil War would match.


Pilcomayo: An scaled down CSS Alabama or USS Kearsarge would serve as a reasonable match. (Model notes: 1/600 - Length: 87mm, Beam: 14mm)




British Ships

HMS Shah: Available from Long Face Games. (Model notes: 1/600 - Length: 170mm, Beam: 26mm)


HMS Amethyst: Available from Long Face Games. (Model notes: 1/600 - Length: 112mm, Beam: 19mm)


I've also formatted this into a PDF for easy reference as well. You can find the Pacific War Model Guide PDF here...


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