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Volunteer Fezian28 Dec 2012 12:52 a.m. PST

I have finished three ships at anchor for the port now. The only thing left I want to do is put some small rowed boats to or from the ships to the dock. I haven't ordered them yet so it may take a while. There are more photos on the blog site.




devsdoc28 Dec 2012 7:08 a.m. PST

nice one.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP28 Dec 2012 7:35 a.m. PST

Very nice.

Ashenduke28 Dec 2012 10:16 a.m. PST

Really nice touch with the new ships. I know you voiced concerns on some of your previous posts about the town looking too busy. Now with the new ships at anchor the focus is really on them and their rigging. They really blend well with the town.

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member29 Dec 2012 11:52 p.m. PST

Beautiful work.

Pauls Bods Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2012 1:34 p.m. PST

Very nice.

Aquarius Inactive Member31 Dec 2012 3:03 a.m. PST


your harbour gets busy! This looks really great!

What techniques and materials did you use for creating the water?

Did you buy 2 harbour sets or does Langton sell ships "under construction" separately?


Personal logo MadDrMark Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2012 7:25 a.m. PST

Stellar! An inspiration.

ferg98101 Jan 2013 6:01 a.m. PST


That is all


Volunteer Fezian02 Jan 2013 3:57 p.m. PST


I just answered the same question in a personal message from Murphy on Saturday. Unfortunately no one can retrieve personal sent messages through TMP and I am in Alaska now for 2 weeks and don't remember all of the material brand names. I will list as much as I can remember.

Americana Navy Blue acrylic
Ocean Blue (can't remember the brand, but it is a dark aqua blue/green color) acrylic
Black acrylic
Americana Snow (Titanium White) acrylic
Rustoleum Spar Varnish
Modge Podge (a decopage)
Americana Ultimate Gloss Glaze
Dimensional Clear Silicone (can't remember the brand name)

1) Mix the paint thick (no thinning): 4 parts navy blue; 2 parts ocean blue; 1 part black (I increased the black a little for the port inside the breakwaters.)
2) I used a 1" flat brush and put it on thick in long arcing strokes with the arcs toward the wind direction.
3) After completely dry, apply a coat of the varnish.
4) When dry I glued down the breakwaters where I wanted them and set the dock pieces.
5) Using a " stiff flat brush with a stabbing motion, I applied thin white lines along wide arcs simulating light waves pushed by the wind toward the breakwaters. I also stabbed in the breaker lines along the breakwaters, island and mainland shores.
6) When this was dry I took a folded damp paper towel and rubbed the white lines to subdue them and make them more subtle.
7) Using a flat toothpick I applied the dimensional silicone along the white lines. This sets up pretty quick so you want to only apply about 4-inches at a time, then go back and dab them with the flat of the toothpick in an up/down motion to raise the wave peaks. When you are done wait until it is completely dry before moving on.
8) Next I covered all of the water with a thick layer of the Modge Podge.
9) At this point I did some touch-up along the shores and did some dry brushing of the breakers with the titanium white.
10) When I was satisfied with how it all looked, I applied a final coat of the gloss glaze.

This is the first time I have done it this way and like the way it turned out. I will use this method again for other large terrain pieces, but will continue to use the other way for my single ship bases.

Hope this was useful to you.

The second construction hulk is plaster of paris modeled from the metal hulk. If you blow up the photos you will see all of my imperfections in the duplication process.


Ben Walton Inactive Member05 Jan 2013 6:59 a.m. PST

Amazing work as always! The ships really bring it to life very impressive. Just a thought maybe a block of irregulars 2mm infantry on parade in the fort might be interesting, I've looked at using them with some of my 1:1200 ships for combined operations all be it for the wars of the Spanish succession. But the scale works to me eyes, it's like using 1:1200 aircraft with 1:3000 ships.

Volunteer Fezian05 Jan 2013 12:35 p.m. PST

I had been wondering if 2mm figures would be compatible with 1:1200 scale and asked the question in TMP link
I received mixed responses, so haven't made up my mind yet. Thanks for the kind comments Ben.

Sir Beaker Inactive Member05 Jan 2013 8:45 p.m. PST

Those look very nice I really like the effect on the water.

Volunteer Fezian05 Jan 2013 10:07 p.m. PST

Sir Beaker,

Thank you. And welcome to TMP!

devsdoc29 Jun 2013 5:44 p.m. PST

Sorry Vol,
I just had to look again, slowly.
Be safe

whitejamest29 Jun 2013 7:36 p.m. PST

This one will always deserve a bump to the top of the list. Beautiful to contemplate!

devsdoc29 Jun 2013 9:08 p.m. PST

Yer! look very long and hard. Then just enjoy! If you look again you just see more. lovely!
Be safe

Volunteer Fezian29 Jun 2013 9:44 p.m. PST

Thank you my friends. Gosh this was back last year. So much else since then. And I still think yours is much better Rory!


devsdoc30 Jun 2013 6:12 a.m. PST

walk pass your harbour, suddenly turn and look at it. Hopefully you may see what we see.
Be safe

Chouan Inactive Member02 Jul 2013 3:13 a.m. PST

On a point of pedantry, the two vessels near each other would be moored, not anchored. The vessel alongside is berthed, or more simply "alongside".

devsdoc02 Jul 2013 9:38 a.m. PST

This is a 1-1200 scale wargaming shore line scenery piece. Not a 15mm diorama. Lets see yours?
Be safe

Chouan Inactive Member02 Jul 2013 12:21 p.m. PST

I'm not criticising the models, I'm pointing out the correct terminology. There is nothing wrong with the diorama! The ships simply are not at anchor!

devsdoc02 Jul 2013 3:40 p.m. PST

O.K. Chouan,
I too have made a harbour and know how much work goes into making one. I too have had people picking at me and my harbour. I now understand you. Sorry! I just get angry at folks that seem to put friends work down. I wish you well and hope we are O.K.
Be safe

Volunteer Fezian02 Jul 2013 8:59 p.m. PST


No offense taken here Peter. If I could change the title I would.


Chouan Inactive Member03 Jul 2013 2:56 a.m. PST

No offence taken, no need for apologies.
If you want more explanation of terms, please let me know.

Pyrate Captain25 Jul 2013 4:47 p.m. PST

Lets hope spring lines are set or there is no wind change in the outer harbour.

Beautiful diorama.

(Stolen Name) Inactive Member25 Jul 2013 5:12 p.m. PST

I live it – some of the best water work I have seen
What rules do you use for gaming?

Rusty1954 Inactive Member25 Jul 2013 5:37 p.m. PST

This is the best I have seen , for a long time great to see

Volunteer Fezian25 Jul 2013 9:37 p.m. PST

Truscott Trotter,
I like Kiss Me Hardy by Two Fat Lardies.

Thanks for the kind words guys.


Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2013 7:57 a.m. PST

Outstanding work!


J. P. Kelly

Gemini Serpentes Inactive Member15 Aug 2013 6:26 a.m. PST

awesome work!

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