Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sails on the horizon! - Finished Ainsty Merchantman

Sail Ho! Where away?
I really enjoyed working on this model. Perhaps I was all the time considering what I was going to use it for; The siege of Derry, actions in the Baltic, The Dutch Wars, maybe even something to do with Pirates... well no, that is done to death.
nice perspective
and another
I decided to partially rig the ship but of course the problem is then transportation and storage. As I do a lot of travelling and shows with my gaming I thought I should remain practical. That means, detachable masts. When the masts are removable then the ratlines go and also all of the connecting rigging between masts and bowsprit cannot be included.
these were quick shots and badly set up but came out ok
I wanted enough rigging to suggest some complexity without it being overpowering or impeding the placement and removal of models.

The sails I chose to wrap around dowel of the same diameter as the spars. I glue them first and then secured them with cotton rigging.

The vessel's first outing was at the Claymore show on August 1st, she will be disembarking invasion troops from Peter the Great's Army to capture Stockholm! So, sailing under the Czar's flag she completed her maiden mission without being sunk!


  1. I really like the green scum on the water line. Anything tricky to it, or a build up of dark to very light green highlighting?

  2. Thanks Dave, I will treat that as a unique compliment ... admiration of my green scum :)

    Do it like this:

    Deep dark green dry brushed with a rough brush, follow by a mid green follow by a yellowish green such as Japanese uniform or light olive.

    I liked the effect and have used it on all of my recent aquatic efforts

  3. Superb, as ever. And inspirational.
    My mind is such that makes me wonder if such excellent work should not be dedicated to the memory of the late and much lamented GMF. However, when thinking of "Pyrates" and your search for a figure head - a suitable sculpture for the Glodden Van Titty may present challenges all of its own.
    But so tempting...
    Thanks for sharing
    (Posting anonymously as little clue how to do otherwise :-)

  4. This is really nice work! I have wanted these models for a long time but wondered how sails and rigging could be done (with gaming in mind). This is the answer!
    The color adds a lot to the ship as well.
    This is really superb work.

    If I read you correctly, when you take to ship places to game, you cannot use the rigging, just the masts?

    1. Mark, thanks for the comments. Just to clarify, the way the ship appears in the pictures is exactly how it appears on the table. The rigging is permanent on the masts and the masts detach from the vessel. So, every time it goes to sea - this is how it looks.
      The bits I did not do were the connecting rigging BETWEEN masts and the rats lines/scramble nets which run from the hull like spider webs up the sides of the masts.

  5. Such detail! Very awesome. I feel like I should keep my roommate away from your website lest she start building ships of her own though... haha

    1. Ha,ha Robert... don't discourage her! If she wants to build ships it has got to happen!


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