Undoubtedly, left field but, when I saw it, several little projects aligned - Tangier, Omani and Indian pirates, 4Play scenarios, Donnybrook and the new naval rules I am devoting a lot of creative time to.
|Crew are Warfare Miniatures - Ottoman Irregulars OT11/OT12 packs + new officers|
I have warmed up hugely to laser cut models. With a little care they can be lifted from the prosaic to characterful and unique.
|This is a lightweight but substantial model. The height is probably 18 inches|
I had searched in vain for a suitable Xebec in 28mm so this piece was a great find. It was relatively easy to assemble with the only tricky moments coming from the addition of the forward, curved part of the hull.
|I omitted the third Bowsprit sail. Model length is over 20 inches|
Pre-assembly without glue was a smart move. I got to know where everything was supposed to align before uncorking the cyanate. The model is pretty attractive although the mast are a little flimsy. The paper sails were used only as a template and I made my own from cotton which of course, are heavier.
|Awning and sails are hand painted cotton.|
The awning for the raised after deck is an addition although the lattice frame is part of the kit. Another addition was the installation of a series of little metal cleats along the length of the hull. These were used as anchor points for the standing rigging. This is made from elasticated thread.
|The flag is yet another glorious Quindia production|
There is space on the deck for over a dozen models. A couple of light cannon could be added although I am going to use the dhow as transportation for hordes of rabid corsairs from North Africa, Oman, Sudan, Persia and India.
|Useable from the Levant to the Indian Ocean|
There are likely to brush up against English, French, Dutch, Spanish. Portuguese, Venetian, Genoese, Danish, Dutch and possibly German ships. They may even fight other corsairs.
|Just about to capture a Portuguese? Dutch? English? French? merchantman|
I will get another couple of these dhows. At about £17 each and 7 hours or so to get from pack to table top, I am very happy with my investment.