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HMS Renown by U-Joe HMS Renown by U-Joe
-What time is it?
- Reeeeeeenown time!

This battlecruiser as well as her sistership HMS Repulse was built because of efforts of single man - John Fisher. In November 1914, he became First Sea Lord (thanks to Winston S. Churchill who was First Lord of the Admiralty that time). This rank allowed him to satisfy his ardent desire to build some new battlecruisers. It's unclear why Fisher loved such a ships with sufficient speed and armament, but cardboard armor. Admirals and even Churchill himself cast doubt on Fisher's ideas. But Fisher was lucky. Immediately after the Battle of the Falkland Islands, in which british battlecruisers destroyed entire German squadron, Fisher suggested to Churchill to build several new battlecruisers. But wise Churchill declined. The Fisher's last argument was so-called Baltic Project. It was a plan of a landing operation on the North German coast. This plan required some shallow draft battlecruisers to support the invasion fleet. Churchill and Prime Minister liked this plan, so permission to build battlecruisers was granted.

The Director of Naval Construction Eustace Tennyson-D'Eyncourt produced preliminary project of the ship within only a day, and after all consultations with Fisher the project was completed within nine days (!). Fisher’s desire was to get both ships within 15 months, but builders failed because of lack of resources and workers. Renown was built within 19 months, while her sistership was completed within 18 months. But Admiralty didn’t hurry to use them in battle. Everybody remembered the Jutland, where Germans sunk 3 British battlecruisers with 3000 men on them. Fisher couldn’t force the Admiralty to use the sisterships, because Fisher and his friend Churchill were kicked out from their posts because of fail of the Gallipoli campaign. So Repulse was used only once in minor operation, while Renown never saw the enemy during WWI. Seamen even called these battlecruisers ‘white elephants’, because they were very expensive and almost useless because of their paper armor.

After the war battlecruisers were under never-ending repairs and modernizations. Their armor became thicker and heavier, while their speed became lower and lower. Total cost of their inter-war modernizations was several times higher than their starting cost. Seamen even called these ships Refit and Repair.

But during WWII seamen changed their attitude to these ships. Only they and the mighty Hood could catch up and destroy German pocket battleships. The fates of Repulse and Renown were different. Repulse was destroyed by the Japanese base aviation near Malaya in December, 1941. The Renown survived the war. She fought with Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in 1940 during Norwegian Campaign, than she was attached to admiral Sommerville’s Force H based at Gibraltar, where she fought against Axis side by side with other famous ships, such as HMS Arc Royal. Than Renown was transferred to the Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean to support the attacks on the territories occupied by Japanese Forces. In 1948 Renown was scrapped.

This picture represents Renown in Australian waters in 1920. That time this mighty ship used as a yacht for Prince of Wales in his foreign voyages. The ship still had no his recognizable Queen Elizabeth class battleship-style superstructure. It was made only during modernization of 1936-39.
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Brit31 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
A beautiful picture of a classic ship. A pity they ruined her by reconstruction but you have captured her at her best for all time.
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fishofglass Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
very nice!
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot. 
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent details and lighting! :faint:
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad that you like it.
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monteGlover Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Though I don't have warships in my hometown, this reminds me of when I used to live by the ocean and see many ships everyday.
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy man you are. I saw the ocean only once.
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monteGlover Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Amazing though because you're able to depict the nature of the sea very well; right down to the colors of the sky that I am very used to seeing (I loved it when the sun was setting in summer and the whole sky turn rage pink against the waters).
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tnank you. I'm glad that I could remind you those feelings. I hope sometime I can see such a wonderful view by my own eyes to depict it more precisely.
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Painting? Ok... Well, I think I just have no word to tell how amazed by this work :wow:
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? Oh, thanks a lot, lady.
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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Airman12 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jolly good show there!
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear it. ^^
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rosefai Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This isn't a photo?? Dude, this is awesome!!!
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, thanks, I'm glad to hear that. It's very unusual for a lady to like the pictures of warships.
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Wingnut55 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
very good work, nice light.
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm very glad that you like it, sir.
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Tink29 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   General Artist
Nice colors and composition !
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. Honestly, I didn't even expected to obtain such a nice colors.
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battleshipsvsbeasts Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
A stunning ship, I also have a 1/350 scale model of her sister ship HMS Repulse in her 1941 configuration :)
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? You mean the model produced by Trumpeter, right? It seems I have the same model. Unfortunately, I'm too lazy to paint it. ^^
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battleshipsvsbeasts Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
The one and only! :D

Unfortunately I've only done up to the main deck and two gun turrets, so finishing it is now a project for 2013 :)
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds familiar. I started to assemble Japanese light carrier Ryujo (1/700 scale model by Fujimi) in November, but it still have no flight deck nor AA-guns. :3
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ArmamentDawg Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Beautiful.
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like it.
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Hunter2045 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Nice work.
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, sir.
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uglygosling Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Renown was reconstructed in the late 1930's with a profile similar to the rebuilt HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Valiant (but with 2 funnels). All 3 ships had a secondary armament of 20 4.5" guns in ten twin mounts.

In 1999 S E Vinogradov put out a book about various Russian battleship projects that never reached fruition due to WW I and the Russian Revolution.
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the remark about years of refit, I fixed the description. Also thanks for the tipping off about the book. Maybe it will be useful in the future.
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Joe I belive this is your best work so far ,great details and lighting i like it a lot !
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? o0
Thank you, friend. Your words is the highest reward for the work I did.
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well i never comment if i dont like something ! :)
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Tzoli Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work as always!!!
And a little side note:
HMS Resistance, could be the last ship of the Revenge class BB's or Renown class BC's
(British was very consistent with their ship naming eh? :D )

I wonder if you will draw Fisher's other Battlecruiser idea the Furious/Glorious class maybe in some action? 2 single 18inch cannons fire broadside?
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot.

I didn't mentioned Resistance, because this 'bedsheet' of text is too small to describe entire situation with British WWI shipbuilding, and too wide for my poor English skill. ^_^'

Hmm, I'm afraid to draw WWII-unrelated ships. That's why it's better for me to draw Furious/Glorious in their carrier hypostasis.

I wanted to draw Repulse of inter-war period next. I only pray that head of department have complicated quests for me this week. In this case I'll satisfy my desire. :3
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Tzoli Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well a WW1 era Furious is good too!

But did you considered your own nation's ships? The Kirovs/Maxim Gorkys, Chapayevs and Sverdlovs?

OR I can tell you a list of Russian and Soviet Never Weres :D
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've thought about the Kirov and the Molotov. I even saw the plastic model of Kirov somewhere. Another idea was to draw the battleship Arkhangelsk (former Royal Sovereign). But the most interesting theme for me is soviet destroyers, especially those ones of Northern Fleet. But I have no sufficient information about them now.

Never Weres isn't good idea, I dare to say again. ^_^'

BTW, did you ever read the books of V. Pikul? He wrote tens of interesting books about history of Russia and Europe of different eras. 'The Requiem for Convoy PQ-17', for example, is the most well-known book for non-Russian readers. Of course, Anglo-Saxons don't like that book, because Pikul described Churchill and Dudley Pound as not-so-good men. If I remember well, some of Pikul's books were translated into Eastern Europe languages - Polish, Bulgarian etc. Maybe, Hungarian too.
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Tzoli Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see.
I don't know about the book

What about the Sovietsky Soyuz? There are photos of completed model of the ship but I don't know where this model located or if it's still can be seen.

You can read these sites better than me:
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And here is a very detailed modern model:
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the links. Sovietsky Soyuz was never finished, thanks Lord. Such a huge and complicated battleship would be heavy burden for the industry... It will not be wise to draw this ship. It's better to draw one of the Gangut-class battleships, I dare to say. They existed and fought the enemy, after all.
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Tzoli Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But they look great! And the Stalingrads too!

Also I know of some weird and very limited usefulness or difficult to build at that time battleships.
Like the Kostenko 1936 Battleship and the Linkorov Design (BBCV with Nelson like layout!!!!)
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U-Joe Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...and all of them were 'never weres'. To draw them means to create fiction pictures. I'd prefer to draw tiny submarine chasers that existed than steel mastodonts which were never built.

By the way, Nelson and Rodney were rather ugly battleships. Even Andrew Cunningham, who was the captain of Rodney in the early thirties, said it. So, if somebody would force me to draw Nelson some day, I'll cheat and draw the admiral instead the ship. Or not? According to the portraits, Horatio Nelson was quite handsome... But some facts of his biography look really awful. It's better not to draw him at all. We can find much better men and ships. For example, Nelson's potatoe-nosed friend lord Hood and the battlecruiser named after him. They're really great.

Erm, my thougts flew far away from our topic, sorry. ^^'
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