While the pre-dreads were halted for a while, I've still had a good amount of 6mm and 8mm thick balsa wood, so I started experimenting and built a bunch of larger scale ships. The small metal ships are excellent for fleet actions, while these will be more useful for smaller engagements like duels and convoy raids.
All of them were built in the same spirit: a multi-part hull for the big ones, paper gun ports, a piece of thread along the hull; plasticard and GS bow decorations, wooden masts and paper sails. When all the painting was done, I added a little bit of rigging so the masts wouldn't look bare.
A medium sized frigate
A pair of brigantines
A Spanish gold galleon
Large frigate, HMS Devastation
Her evil twin, the Captain Morgan's Revenge
A less virtuous shot of the rear ends
and an ugly WIP shot of how they were made.