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d88mm194005 Jun 2020 1:26 p.m. PST

I told Anton Ryzbak a while back I would show my 1/350 stuff. Here tis…

Just a few general comments then I'll let the pics speak for themselves.

Took pics with my phone and then reduced them 50% with Paint. In my old age and one eye, it's better to stand back a little to appreciate my work.

The Warartisian influenced a lot of my work and conversions. A curse upon you. I still have 3 more San Martins and 2 Revenges to tinker with.

The other Revenge pic shows a lot of conversion worn on the deck and the rear rail. The bow has also been modified.

I kind of up-gunned the Mayflower into an armed merchant with some swivel guns.

The Revell galley was a bear as some of the plastic disintegrated and I had to reconstruct the masts and supports.
I have a lot of different crews. I used some H&R 30 Years War pikemen and musketeers on one ship, but it was tedious removing the bases and poking holes in the deck to mount them.

The Tamiya WW2 Japanese crewmen were closer to scale, 1/350 but kind of look tiny and their positions a limited. I could modify some poses. I especially liked the kneeling figure (a deck scrubber?) to man the guns.

Then I came across some 1/350 photo-etched figures in a nice variety. US crew, I believe. The paint thickens them up a bit. The sails block your view fore and aft so you can only really see the broadsides view of the ship and figures. The result is the flats don't look too bad.

The Pirate ship in on the hex, with which I was experimenting with. Don't know if I like it or not. Some of my water bases have warped a bit. Friggin bases…

I went monkey poop on these for about 4 or 5 months, bought a dozen or so, then my ADD kicked in and I was off to newer, shinier man-dolls.

The gang:

Here is a Napoleonic 18mm scale ship I'm currently working on:


d88mm194005 Jun 2020 6:21 p.m. PST

Also heavily influenced by the Model J Ship guy.

Anton Ryzbak16 Jun 2020 1:55 p.m. PST

Great looking stuff there
The leap to 15mm must feel like you are working with giant things!

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