In my opinion, no ships that ever put to water were uglier than the ironclads of the American Civil War. However, like chihuahuas, ironclads come around full circle to the "so ugly they're cute" category. And one has to admire the ingenuity of the engineers and sailors who adapted to a whole new type of technology and a whole new style of warfare in the midst of a bitter conflict.
And so, over the course of a weekend, I painted up some 1/600 Thoroughbred and Bay Area Yards ships. I still have not decided on a set of rules with which I will set them to fight each other, but I think they are nifty-looking puppies all the same.