easter holidays are over and here´s some cool new stuff!
I got inspired by a fellow german wargamer when looking over his project log over on another forum I frequently visit. He had been scratch-building galleys out of thin air and achieved some very decent results...
Being a long time fan of renaissance galleys and only lacking the right models (most are too big for my taste, and almost all too expensive for a sideproject) to give serious consideration to starting a small fleet, his work fell on fertile ground.
As I returned home yesterday, I decided to give this method a try, did some very quick and rought research and calculated how large my ships should be to suit my taste. I ended up with a scale of 1:1000, which turns a historical ship of about 40-50m into a nice and tiny 4-5cm Ship.
Then, I got my sheet of plasticard and started cutting the pieces then gluing them together and created my first two ships within about 2-3 hours next to doing some other things.
The raw ships where then primed an painted - all the details and textures I tried to add are brushworkIn the end, I held two Genoese Galleys in my hands, and I´m definitely going to build more ships using the same techniques!
I already got the raw body of a smaller Galiot on my desk to add some scouting and screening capabilities to my small task force. Then I need to decide which enemy would be suitable. Ottoman are the obvious choice, but I consider doing some berber ships, maybe from Algeria or Tunisia instead. Nothing is settled yet.
And don´t ask me why I chose Genoa. The flag appealed to me...