Apr 24, 2015

Sailing ships

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

Commerce ships

A xebec

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.


  1. Very nice! I've occasionally thought of making similar vessels. This will be a useful guide. Thanks!

    1. It's a simple and effective way, glad I could be of help.

  2. There is not stopping you. Nicely done!

  3. They look, great, Andras. You are a master craftsman.

  4. These are brilliant. I appreciate that in a day and age of "ah! but there's a kit you can buy!" that you put the trouble in and make these from scratch. Any chance of a tutorial? I'd love to do a Trafalgar battle but I've kept away because of the cost.

    1. Thank you! I'll try and make one, with a connected experiment for a two-decker.