Friday, 10 April 2015

Galleys and Galleons [2]

The weather wasn't all bad today so I used it as a background!

The weather took a turn for the worst today, after being absolutely fantastic for the whole week, so I got on with the assembly and basing for the 1/450th scale Peter Pig pirate ships. The privateers have been launched first with a top sail schooner, two sloops and a brig, along with three longboat bases for cutting out raids. They'll get an undercoat as soon as I can find some suitable matt white spray paint.

The Privateer fleet ready for painting

I'm thinking of substituting one of the sloops with a second schooner using  a conversion of the Peter Pig schooner kit into fore and aft rig, taking a leaf out of David Manley's book. The surplus sloop will then be re-assigned as a warship for the naval contingent, which I'm thinking of making 'La Royale'  rather than Royal Navy. This will include a frigate and a brig as well as the aforementioned sloop / cutter.

A room with a view

I'll start on the assembly and basing for this tomorrow, if the weather doesn't get any better. As I'm typing this, the sail training ship Belem has just anchored for the night in the bay, which is a bit of a coincidence but handy as reference material nonetheless. It's pretty cool to look out of the window and see this every day but, unfortunately, I can't retire here just yet....just another twenty one years of full time teaching to go!!