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Lluis of Minairons

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A second painting commission
« on: July 27, 2018, 06:21:33 PM »


Today I've finished painting a new batch of five ships (all them, from Peter Pig). This has allowed me to close a first commission for a gaming friend, as well as to push forward a second commission (some model ships from which were already shared in this previous thread).

Besides of the three fluyts shown there, now I've painted for that second commissioner the following:

First of all, a pirate brig --slightly modified just to add a gaff sail to its mainmast. Flags are from Minairons, reproducing those reputedly flown by Thomas Tew.







Next a pirate frigate, that I've also modified a bit, by replacing its original stern part and foremast. It shows the flags supposedly flown by Bartholomew Roberts on his Queen Anne's Revenge; these are a Minairons design not printed or available yet, BTW.







Also, I've painted for him a couple of large full rigged ships, the one painted as a French Western Indiaman as you can see below...







...and the second one as an English East Indiaman:







On the other side, the model ship completing my gaming mate commission is a large full rigged ship too --that I've painted as a Spanish Man of War, showing regulation flags of 1701-1785 (from WSS start to AWI end, roughly):







Not to say, all flags shown here are from Minairons; some already released, while others awaiting a chance,

There's still a lot of work ahead --five ships else on workbench right now!! So more pictures in a while  8)

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Re: A second painting commission
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2018, 09:47:55 PM »
They look absolutely outstanding. The modification are great and gives them an individuality

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Re: A second painting commission
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2018, 10:15:48 PM »
Wow - they are fantastic...

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Re: A second painting commission
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2018, 06:09:15 AM »
They are superb.

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Re: A second painting commission
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2018, 10:47:44 AM »
That is indeed fine. Are these ones yours Stewart??

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Re: A second painting commission
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2018, 11:09:33 AM »
Some of them are, they will look excellent in the game

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Re: A second painting commission
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2018, 03:10:43 PM »
Absolutely stunning ships!

Lluis of Minairons

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Re: A second painting commission
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2018, 05:58:38 PM »
I'm happy today, because of having finished 4 more of Stewart's ships --along with a small one for myself:



This time I've painted all the galleons in his collection --three traders and a pirate one. As already done with other ships, these galleons show slight differences among them (either by interchanging the stern part, or their original masts, with those ones from another model ship; or replacing sails or masts with those from my spares stock; or even giving a third sail to a couple of mainmasts). All this, with the aim to make each ship unique.



Also, even keeping a common colour pattern for hulls and masts, I've given to each one a colour schema of its own for sails, outer and inner rails, or bow and stern.



Following customer's instructions, every merchantman has been given a set of flags from a different nation: thus, the collection now enjoys a Portuguese, a Spanish and a Scottish galleons, coming to add variety to the already finished English, Irish and New Englander fluyts, or the British East and French West Indiamen. On its side, the pirate galleon has been crowned with the flags commonly attributed to Edward 'Blackbeard' Teach.





As said above, I've taken advantage of the work on these galleons for painting a fifth ship, this one for my own collection. It intends to be a Catalan privateering sagetia in times of the War of Spanish Succession ('saettia' in Italian, http://www.cherini.eu/etnografia/NBM/slides/orig2_Saettia.html).



Sageties were rigged like a xebec, with three lateen sailed masts and no bowsprit; but unlike this latter, a sagetia does not show the slender, galley-looking profile usual to xebecs. This way, I've chosen to build it on a schooner hull, using plastic card for sails and metal or wooden parts for masts and yards.



There is little, if any, information on Austro-Catalan naval flags of the War of Spanish Succession, so I've had to speculate a bit using flags from the 1670s.



One famous Catalan privateer of that time, Miquel de Montserrat, commanded one such ships in either blockade running or naval depot storming missions; it was armed with 12 guns, with a 150 men crew.





I'm happy to have increased my collection with it; my next goal would be building a polacre, or something similar, also from a schooner hull. A lot of work for third parties ahead, even before starting to consider it!




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Re: A second painting commission
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2018, 06:26:11 PM »
They look absolutely outstanding Lluís, thanks very much for your expert work.

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Re: A second painting commission
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2018, 06:57:55 PM »
When do they get on the table Stewart?

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Re: A second painting commission
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2018, 07:31:59 PM »
Wow....

You are a lucky man Stewart!

Lluis of Minairons

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Re: A second painting commission
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2018, 04:25:36 PM »
...and last, a handful of fiery war pinnaces!



Once again I've toyed a bit with their rigging, by exchanging masts or even a stern part among them; so that not two of them are identical to each other. As a result, some of these slender warships have become now closer to a brigantine, or even a brig, than to a schooner.

Following Stewart's wishes, three of them have been decorated as escort warships, as you can see below:



Flags given to each belong to French, British (blue squadron) and Spanish navies, respectively.



Given their nature, I couldn't resist the temptation to add a commission pennant on top of their mainmasts.



A fourth ship has been painted as a pirate, so flying a generic jolly roger as ensign:







And the fifth, smaller ship in this  batch has been finished with the purpose to serve a some kind of joker, able to brigade with either the pirates or the 'good guys' depending on the particular setting, or the players' whishes (thanks Stewart for granting me permission to do it!):



So it has been given a colourful set of Catalan privateering flags.



In use for merchant fleets since Middle Age, these flags are a bit outdated for the golden age of piracy around 1700-1725; for at some point of XVII century, Catalan ships seemingly switched to white flags with a coat of arms, like those shown in a previous post; it's not unlikely that such pattern was kept even during the War of Spanish Succession, despite the obvious confusion that might arise with the Two Crowns' ships...

But those I've actually used are quite more colourful, if not strictly accurate!



Work on this commission is virtually over now, for there are left only a few casualty and boat markers.
It's time for starting to think and test a convenient, safe packing for the whole --something that will take me some days-- and to hire the services of a courier granting a secure package transport, not less careful than if bohemian crystal it was!

I've enjoyed this comission so much.
Lluís

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Re: A second painting commission
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2018, 04:44:11 PM »
What more is there to say? - they are simply wonderful!


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Re: A second painting commission
« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2018, 05:02:28 PM »
Thanks Lluís, they look absolutely super

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Re: A second painting commission
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2018, 05:15:52 PM »
I really like small ships. Those look very inspiring!  Estupendo!