So this is a ‘mini post’ for me- well compare to some at least. Before starting a new project I tend to try painting one or two models before I really start. Of course I don’t do that with buying games, which might be sensible but that’s a different issue. I just tend to go ‘all in’ on way too fast on some games, but that is a different issue…
So, I backed the Oak and Iron Kickstarter and that delivered earlier this year. I have done nothing with it so far though. So I decided to rectify that and start painting the models – with a trial one first, which is what this post is all about. You can see my first ship for the Oak and Iron game below.
This ended up being not that hard to paint in the end. I will say i think it has come out nicely. I went for a fairly simple look for the ship and did not do anything too complex in the colors or sails. A basic light wood look with a darker colors around the hull line. I still need to get better at the sails but this does not look that bad to me.
So this has me now excited to tackle some of the other ships that I have from this project. Those will have more colour I suspect. I will for now at least avoid trying to paint patterns on the sails though. I am also trying to figure out how I can do the flags but make them interchangeable so I can use the same ships with different national pendant flags for the different nations in the game. I’m thinking of using some beads/rings for the flags to place them over the masts.
These are all 1/600 ships so this one, a 3rd rate ship, which is about 3” in length. Interestingly all the ships have the same base size in this game, so the model size does not make a difference to the sea bases used. I’m looking forward to getting more of these done and trying out the game.
One thing to be aware of is that, these ships are for the 1650-1750 period. That is before the changes which made the ships of the Napoleonic period AoS powerful. That said these were still effective fighting ships. But this is the time of Pirates and Privateers as well as many small and large battles on the high seas. So the Anglo-Dutch wars, the Northern wars and all the fights over the Caribbean and Indian Ocean.