Yes really, I keep chugging away on this project so that I can get all my ships ready for the table. I have even now read the rules this last weekend, so I should be set on that side of things. Well maybe… But as this is a small scale game vs. massive fleets having the trading vessels in the various styles they came in is a key piece of the game. So here are three more of them.
Even though I call these trading vessels they do have guns and can fight, so will not be the classic ‘sci-fi’ trope ship that needs rescuing etc. The galleon, the biggest of the 3 here, for example was a true fighting platform for the Spanish. It was not without teeth (and guns/men). It tended to have real fighting men onboard rather than just to rely on the crew for that so was a significant ship on its own right. It’s just that these also have decent holds where they can store cargo and trading goods.
You can see I did a couple of these in brighter colours rather than just staying with wood colours. I was trying out some reds and lighters shades on the ships. This is as much to break things up for me as for any other reason. That said as I have mentioned before I specifically did not want to have all the ships in the same colours or even styles.
This was a time period when ships would be sold between nations (or captured, repaired and reused), so there was not a consistent colour scheme for the different nations anyway. I suspect many captains were in things for profit (and their religious leaning – so protestant vs Catholic etc. ) as much as for their ‘nation state’. That later item was still a culturally forming idea during this period and not as strong a force as in the following centuries.
I will admit though that these are brighter than the real ones likely were – but it is hard to say. The sun and sea fade paint and so in reality it may just be the middle one which is a little gaudy for true history. Even then there are some bright ships painted today so it is not impossible.
So there we are. I continue to paint ships and will need to try this game out at some point…