Help support TMP

"Completed GHQ 1/1200 French 80-gun ship-of-the-line" Topic

14 Posts

All members in good standing are free to post here. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page.

For more information, see the TMP FAQ.

Back to the Napoleonic Painting Guides Message Board

Back to the Napoleonic Discussion Message Board

Back to the Getting Started with Napoleonics Message Board

Back to the 19th Century Discussion Message Board

Back to the Age of Sail Message Board

Areas of Interest

18th Century
19th Century

Featured Hobby News Article

Featured Link

Top-Rated Ruleset

Fire and Steel

Rating: gold star gold star gold star gold star gold star gold star gold star 

Featured Showcase Article

The Amazing Worlds of Grenadier

The fascinating history of one of the hobby's major manufacturers.

Featured Workbench Article

Cleopatra & L'Ocean

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian's motivation to paint Napoleonic ships returns!

Featured Profile Article

Herod's Gate

Part II of the Gates of Old Jerusalem.

1,372 hits since 28 Dec 2019
©1994-2021 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

Jake R Supporting Member of TMP28 Dec 2019 7:36 p.m. PST

Hi all!

Just completed my first GHQ Napoleonic ship. I own 8 GHQ ships, however, until now I had not thought my modelling skills adequate enough to do these gorgeous miniatures justice. As soon as the college semester ended, I took the plunge and began work on an 80-gun SOL, the French ship "Le Bucentaure".

Thanks for looking!


More can be seen at: link

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART28 Dec 2019 7:44 p.m. PST


stecal Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2019 6:18 a.m. PST

great job. having rigged about a dozen of these ships I know just how much time and work this takes

Lucius29 Dec 2019 11:56 a.m. PST

Nice job. A GHQ model always pays you back, for the time you put into it.

Nine pound round29 Dec 2019 2:42 p.m. PST

Would like very much to hear your technique for the base- it's as good as the model, which is itself exceptional.

Jake R Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2019 11:10 a.m. PST

Thank you for the kind words, everyone!!

@Nine pound round I make my sea bases on a typical mdf wargame base, I believe mine are specifically from Gale Force Nine. I spread a thick (~0.5 in) layer of wall plaster/spackle on the base, and push the unpainted ship hull into it while the plaster is still wet. Waves are sculpted by simply pushing the textured handle of an X-Acto knife into the plaster. After it dries, I give it two coats of Dark Prussian Blue (Vallejo 70.899), and while the blue is still wet I mix in a small amount of USA Uniform Green (Vallejo 70.922), only near the center of the base. After the ship is glued onto the base, I very lightly drybrush grey, then turquoise, and then white on the ship's wake and around the waterline of the hull. And the troughs of the waves get a light drybrush of the same USA Uniform green. Lastly, I give the whole base 2 coats of Liquitex high gloss medium.

Hope that helps!

Stew art Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2019 11:20 a.m. PST

looks great Jake! well done.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2019 11:25 a.m. PST

Excellent model, very well done.

AdmiralHawke10 Feb 2020 7:57 a.m. PST

You have done a fine job on a lovely model. I'm a big fan of the GHQ 1/1200 ships. Thank you for sharing it. :-)

Kevin in Albuquerque10 Feb 2020 6:27 p.m. PST

Very nice indeed!

catavar11 Feb 2020 9:21 a.m. PST

Looks good to me!

Stalkey and Co17 Feb 2020 9:08 p.m. PST

Good enough to board and take to the admiralty for a fat bounty!

John Tyson Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2020 11:29 a.m. PST

Well done, Jake!!

ModelJShip Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2020 1:45 p.m. PST

Well done! your style remember mine :)

Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.