The first iteration of this converted Ainsty kit is as a 6 gun ketch Fox serving with the Royalist privateers sailing out of the Scilly Isles.
The vessel started life as a single masted sloop. I decided on a bit of conversion work and ended up with something which I am pretty pleased with. As time goes by and I feel less inclined to be lugging stuff to shows, I decided that permanently rigging some...
How do you turn two models into twelve usable pieces? With a little bit of lateral thinking, some balsa wood, paint, glue, sandpaper and time.
I wanted to get the maximum scenario use from the two converted small ships I purchase from Ainsty. I will deal with their masts and sails in a later post but I wanted to get all the serious hull building work completed first before frigging in the rigging....
The overnights are in on the two small warships for the Anglo Dutch Wars period. I have blocked in basic colours only on everything except the decks which habe been drybrushed UP 3 as I would say (ie basic coat + 3).
Some of the colours shown are not the end coulours which will be used for example, the yellow will be overlaid in gilt. The ochre hull will be darkened down to a more oaken shade.
|Lots of prep work. The masts are scratchbuilt. Some additions to the hull were needed.|
I have been working pretty intensively on multiple projects over the past 6 months the largest of which has been the two books due to be published this year. One is finished the other just about to be.
The 4Play scenarios came out of nowhere but have consumed probably 200 hours - nevertheless, that has been fun...
I have been holding back on certain posts for a while simply because I wanted to see how things were unfolding with Covid and supply chain issues such as manufacturing and master moulding.
Things are slowly getting resolved but overall, I will have to implement wholesale changes in the way that I get products to market.Ultimately, that will be to everyone's benefit but during the transition,...
Gareth's long running project is nearing completion. He has been kind enough to share the photos as it has developed over the months.
I am sure you will recognize many of the units he has chosen as I did. His lovely, warm painting style combines excellently with attractive basing and Quindia Studios wonderful flags to produce truly breathtaking forces for the tabletop.
I understand Gareth and...
|Williamite infantry crossing the river|
|A version displayed at a Scottish show|
|Enniskillen companies forward!|
|Enniskillen infantry in action against Jacobite chevaliers!|
The Ottomans engendered terror in Christendom. Absorption into their cultural, economic and religious orbit was...
|The return of Piet van der Valk ...as a brigadier|
I have been delighted by the number of mails and comments I have received regarding my burgeoning interest in 1/2400 - 17th century ships. As always during a surge of enthusiasm for a period or new strand of wargaming interest, I scoured the internet to find alternative options to the Tumbling Dice models of which I have now painted 150+.
Finding such, is not easy. Of the rare options uncovered,...
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