Happy New Year everyone and I hope and pray this year will bring you all happiness and joy. As I think I have mentioned before I have invested heavily into a pirate game call Blood and Plunder by a company call Firelock Games. Blood and Plunder is a 28 mm historical miniatures war game set in the 17th century during the golden age of piracy, which is kind of cool. Blood and Plunder is a highly immersive and tactical game system takes players into the 17th century world of blood thirsty pirates, desperate militiamen and and ferocious natives. All of them in a constant struggle to control the wealth of the New World! Games can be played on land, at sea or a combination of both using a streamlined set of gaming rules that will present new and veteran war gamers alike with unique tactical challenges. The game was created with the consultation of Benerson Little, renown pirate historian and author in order to insure as much historical accuracy as possible. There are four "factions" at the moment, The English, The French, The Spanish and the Unaligned Pirates and there are more coming soon including The Dutch. So yes I have found the joys of 17th century warfare and all it has. So back to what I was going to talk about, the Frigate.
So I have to admit I went for the easy option when it has come to paint this vessel and when a sort of Army Painted dip/wash method as you will see but the model. The ship is a Light Frigate and these light warships were made for combat and commonly used by the Guarda Costas and Pirate Hunters from the various nations. Light Frigates are robust vessels which are designed to mimic their larger counter parts while keeping up with the smaller ships they pursued.
Now this model is in 28mm scale and is a big bugger, the length of the hull is 13.5 inches long and 5 inches wide and the kit comes with a one piece resin hull, 15 Wooden dowel for Masts & Spars, 32 Laser cut wooden Rigging Parts, 4 Yards of Elastic for Rigging, all the cannons, gun ports, etc. The only thing you will have to do, besides painting it, is the sails.
Now I do know the colours as a little nit, did he say a little bit, okay I a lot a bit on the bright, gaudy side, but actually they where, especially the French and Dutch ships, strange what you find out watching the History and Discovery Channels, oh look at me I'm a historian, lol, but seriously the ships where highly painted.
Now thats all the "painting" done the next stage is to bring it all down and make it look weathered and actually been to sea, strange as I could of left it at this stage and it would of been find for the tabletop. But no I needed to play about with it and make it look more realistic.
So after washing the ship and bring the colours down and being a little less gaudy the next stage was to highlight the ship back up and then set about painting the masts and the rigged, oh this is so exciting as the Frigate is slowing coming together.
The painting of the masts was done as the frigate, paint, wash and highlight and then it was setting the rigging. Now the good folks at Firelock Games have very nicely given you, one, elasticated string for the rigging and also instructions on how to do the rigging. Firstly I have to say if you are looking for realistic rigging for this well you are going to be very disappointed as this is a gaming piece, designed to have crew on-board which play an important part of the game, so tons of rigging getting in the way not a great idea, but it does get the feel of the rigging and it also helps stabilising the masts.
Next up was the cannons to paint, okay I know they are called ship's guns not cannons or actually by class of gun. I when for the simply wooden carriage and iron barrels, which I "Blued" as cannons where not painted black to protect them only in parks by local councils who didn't want the trouble of repainting them again and again.
The part of was fearing really was the next part as if this part didnt look good and realistic, frankly all the hard work I have put in goes for nothing at it is the sails. To make the sails, they are made from a cream coloured pillow case, light cotton, washed in washed down PVA. Then I attached the sails and all the ropes to the masts and spars and here is the trick. I sprayed water on the sails to reactivate the PVA glue and then using a hairdryer on the hottest and blowiest setting, I blow dried the sails to make them look like the wind had caught the sails. Yes i blow dried the sails, lol.
So that's the finished Frigate with its French colours flying high waiting for a game for it to sink English ships which will be soon. But no it is not finished as you haven't named the ship and I have to say i have and the Frigate is called La Dame en Disgrâce, or in English, The Lady's Demise. Below I have included my French Sloop, Le Joyau Sanglant or The Bloody Jewel, to get the size of the Frigate.
If anyone is interested I am demoing Blood and Plunder at the Grand Opening of Boards and Swords Hobbies, a new Hobby Store opening in Derby on 20th January, so if you are in the area, pop in and have a chat and a game.
Have a nice day.