Back to the naval side of things this week, with more ships being ready for the table. I do like how these come out even with my wargames table level of painting. I am sure (and in fact have seen) the results of expert painters out there with these models. However, in my opinion the true reflection of great models is that they can be painted up by non experts and made to look decent. Some GW and other models fail in that as a great painter can make any model look good but some models do not help the rest of us do a decent job.
I paint to that level because of my skills but also that takes into account that I do not have days of time to spend painting miniatures as well. Even the sterns below to me look nice without having to go into massive amount of detail on them.
I will say contrast paints have helped with these a lot – as you can see from the shot below where the contrast paint worked perfectly for the decking etc. They save a lot of time on these models.
The ships are all 3rd and 4th raters so likely the largest the privateers will use. They are common for the real navies though which are the mainstay of the Oak and Iron game.
You can see the ‘quarter gallery’s’ of these ships clearly below. Theses are the ‘stick out’ bits of the side of the stern. They are to me the only slightly ugly bits of the ships of this period – and by the Napoleonic period they had mostly been dropped/removed from ship design. Of they were not as obvious anyway. They they were not the easiest things to build/keep on the real ships and in some ways created a weakness in the designs. I don’t know if that caused them to be dropped though.
So there we are. Another set of ships ready for the table.