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Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP18 Dec 2016 7:48 a.m. PST

I have just purchased the excellent Perrys 'flat boat' with a load of Lobsters to go in it. This will be my first RN Napoleonic model so I am keen to get the colours right. The uniforms are no problem, but what of the scheme for the boat itself including the oars? Can anyone suggest a source of information on this or a colour scheme that would have been relatively standard? (I know individual captains had some leeway.)


Zargon18 Dec 2016 8:00 a.m. PST

Believe these lolly boats were white/off white with red trim where the ores go etc, I painted the back rudder part black on the Redoubt version for customer, also a nice bit of kit too.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP18 Dec 2016 8:53 a.m. PST

The Royal Navy did not allow 'ores on its ships……

Well not officially anyway…

Hafen von Schlockenberg18 Dec 2016 9:03 a.m. PST

If they hadn't tuned a blind eye,we wouldn't have "son of a gun" as an epithet.

Roderick Robertson Fezian18 Dec 2016 9:08 a.m. PST

Captains had a lot of leeway in the period, so you can do mostly what you want.

Generally the boat would be a white of some value (from eye-blinding for a Port Admiral's barge, to well-weathered, for that ship that just got back from Tahiti.)

Trim would be up to the captain. Blue, red, green… The oars might be painted, or just varnished wood.

The crew might be uniformed (at the captain's expense), or dressed in their own clothes. The lobsterbacks *are* uniformed, of course.

Arteis0218 Dec 2016 9:40 a.m. PST

I based my model's colour-scheme on this excellent diorama in the Portsmouth naval museum.


Zargon18 Dec 2016 12:41 p.m. PST

Lots of orcs though.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2016 4:50 a.m. PST

love it………orcs………nice one

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP20 Dec 2016 3:14 a.m. PST

Thanks for the contributions ….. I think.

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