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1:700 Black Seas British Brigs

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian writes:

I've sped through painting my second batch of brigs, and here they are:

British brigs

I went into detail when I painted my first batch up as French ships, which took me forever because I wanted to get everything right and I wasn't sure which details would be important in the final work.

British brigs

So these are the exact same models as the ones I painted previously, just painted up this time in "British colors" – 'baby puke yellow' was apparently a popular color in the fleet, but my yellows came out brighter.

British brigs

One ship I chose to paint in a plain scheme, such as might have been used on the Great Lakes: black hull, brown masts:

British brig

I did some highlighting with dark gray on the hull, to bring out the details.

British brig

Somehow I lost/misplaced one of the spars, so there is only one spar on the rear mast.

British brig

The next ship I painted in a blue-and-yellow scheme.

British brig

My set came with a broken mast, which I cleaned up and used for this brig. Carried away in a storm? Battle damage?

British brig

Instead of painting the entire platforms on the masts, I've switched to just painting the outside band. Easier to do, almost the same effect.

British brig

What does the 'crenelated' hull represent? One theory is that the sculptor is representing hammocks. I chose to paint them in the ship's trim color (same as in the rulebook) – on this ship, that means blue.

British brig

I painted the third brig in a yellow-and-black scheme.

British brig

This ship is the only one in this set with all its parts! grin

British brig

What next? Sails? Rigging? Larger ships? First game? We'll see…