So, after my test ship I have started working on the kickstarter ‘collection’ I got for Oak and Iron. I have to say the ships are a little more ‘chunky’ than the Warlord ships, which I have seen. I got some free from the WI magazine subscription which I have not touched yet other than to look at, but are using for comparison. That said, they are nicely formed for all that. Also, that solidness means they are much better as gaming pieces. Let’s be honest I at least have them and will be painting and using these for gaming not display and so I am very happy with the models.
I tried a few different styles of ship sails before settling on these. I liked the ‘real worn canvas’ look of my trial ship, but that seemed a little to dark and yellow/brown compared to much of the sailing ship art work out there. That is especially when looking at paintings from the period. So, after playing around a little bit I decided to go a little lighter with the sail colours and not wash them. I likely will continue to mess around with the sails though as they are such an obvious item in the models.
These three ships are from the base set I believe. I purposely did the small ship with a poorer looking sail than the bigger ones. I have to figure out which ship is which for the games. A nice thing is that for this period navies really did not have standard colours so I can get away with anything.
Below you can see the rear views of the ships. The larger ones have glass windows and some have really nice stern effects/artwork so you will see that more on the bigger ships that I have yet to paint.
Below you can see the overhead shot. You can see the models have a load of great detail on them from above. I just used the GW contrast colours for painting the decks and it seems to work great and saves a lot of effort. All I have to do then is paint up the guns.
I thought I would include a more detailed picture of the side view which you can see here. Hopefully you can see there a great amount of detail on the hulls as well so as I mentioned these are nice models over all.
So there we are – the Oak and Iron painting has started for real. I should have enough toys painted soon to get this game on the table and try it out for real.