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Lluis of Minairons

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My painting ships learning process (3)
« on: April 11, 2018, 03:11:30 PM »
Hi all again,

As commented on my previous post, with my catalan Galleon I finally became able to settle a durable painting schema for my ships. Plentiful of confidence thanks to this, I since plunged into a naval assembly-and-paint frenzy. So that right afterwards I rushed onto a large spanish Treasury Galleon --this one not by Peter Pig, but by my own Minairons firm.

I'm aware this is a forum devoted to Peter Pig things, so I would feel quite uncomfortable at unfairly taking advantage of it for filling it up with non-Peter Pig stuff; please understand me then if I post here just a single picture of such galleon. So here you can see it closely escorted by a Peter Pig frigate in spanish colours too (If willing to watch more pictures of it, you can always watch them on my personal wargaming blog: http://soldadets.blogspot.com/2018/04/gran-galio-espanyol.html --Catalan text only, apologies for this).



Worth to remark that this large ship was painted following the Vallejo colours schema described in previous messages:
  • Hull and masts: 872 Chocolate Brown + 992 Neutral Grey,
  • Upper decks: 912 Tan Yellow + 819 Iraqui Sand,
  • Inner side of rails: 908 Carmine Red + 956 Orange,
  • Sails: 819 Iraqui Sand + 918 Ivory,
  • Rest of ship: "Let's imagination fly!", as a Spanish common saying says.
Also, thanks to getting progressively familiar to the particular tips & tricks own to model ship building, I've also started to become daring, impulsive at the time of essaying ships' modification and customization, as happened to this Peter Pig Sloop I had started painting simultaneously to the galleon above. Once the painting job on hull was over, I suddenly changed mind about that particular ship rigging and discarded the original one, then started to build from scratch a Lateen rigging for her, with the result below:





I replaced the original Bermuda rigging mast with another two masts with Lateen sails, so making a catalan Tartana ship --reminding a Xebec at a first sight, but using two masts instead of three, provided with a bowsprit unlike the Xebec, and showing a not so 'torpedo' hydrodynamic look. Masts were made out from thin wooden sticks (toothpicks are ideal for ship building!  ;D), while triangular sails were made using small pieces of fabric, duely 'starched' with white glue...



During the War of Spanish Succession, catalans used a large number of tartanes, sageties and xebecs to run the Two Crowns blockade on Barcelona town, carrying the so much needed supplies and reinforcements from Majorca and Naples, or to perform as swift predators under letter of marque.

Right now I'm working on two Peter Pig models else, a fluyt to intendedly stand as a French merchant, and a medium full rigged ship to represent the Catalan frigate 'Santa Eulàlia' --one of the largest catalan warships in WSS.



Here above you can see the fluyt right before priming, and perceive my increasing boldness at customizing: main mast has been enlargened and a third sail added, while mizzen mast original lateen sail has been replaced by another one coming from my spares box. And here below you can see the ship after having been applied a first paint coat:



On its side, this is what my Catalan frigate starts looking like, after a first coating and washing job (here, changes affect all three masts besides of bowsprit):



At this point, some may have started asking theirselves how do I use to fix ensign and flags to the ships.
Well, the matter is that masts and stern are drilled a hole, where I later glue a wire peg, like this one:



Believe me, it's easier than it seems.

I've started loving that of painting ships!
Lluís








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Re: My painting ships learning process (3)
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2018, 04:02:43 PM »
Lluis,

Many thanks for this informative post.

And the lovely pictures!

We (Forum Administrators) have nothing against posting of relevant non-Peter Pig models (we even wrote it into the Forum guidelines), and of course you provide plenty of Peter Pig material too, so you have absolutely nothing to apologise for.

Lovely work, and I only wish I could paint ships half as well as you can...

Keep up those posts, hints and top tips on painting!

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Re: My painting ships learning process (3)
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2018, 05:28:47 PM »
Looks really good Lluis!

Lluis of Minairons

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Re: My painting ships learning process (3)
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2018, 09:38:44 PM »
Thanks for your trust, sirs.
I shall keep you informed about eventual progress on those two models on workbench  :)