|(Image of West Planter steam freighter by Steve Mayo)|
I finally got around to assembling and painting some of the large vessels in my Cruel Seas collection.
The Assembly and Painting Details:
Okay, maybe not so little.
The final ship I painted this round was the convoy freighter. Instead of the basic black that's featured in the games' ads and data cards, I painted the hull Army Painter "Crystal Blue," and the metal deck "Spaceship Exterior."
The superstructure is suppose to be a basic white, but I still managed to splash-on more rust and grunge than I intended.
The wooden decks on all the ships were painted with Reaper Miniatures "Leather" color.
Overall, I'm happy with the results, despite the excess of rust and grunge.
For my photo shoot, I placed a model railroad backdrop in such a way that only the hilltops were exposed above the horizon. The river mouth/coastline terrain was made by Wizard Kraft, who're regular vendors at our annual NHMGS Enfilade! convention.
(Note: The Wizard Kraft website was being revamped when I wrote this).
Comments About Warlord Games' Ship Figures:
These were the largest micro-scale-ish figures (1/300 scale) I've assembled and painted. While these ships are solid resin, you still have handle them with care. This is because extensions like masts, cranes and antennas are spindly, and are easy to bend and break. I had to splice the forward crane of the convoy freighter with superglue.
I had some trouble assembling the ships. The holes for the accessory items, like smoke stacks, masts, and lifeboat cranes were too small to mount them without a bit of work. I used a dental pick I managed to acquire to widen the holes, and employed an excess amount of superglue to get items mounted securely.
Anyone with a Dremel Tool probably won't have any trouble at all widening the various holes.
Some of the ships came with large flanges as a result of emerging from their molds. But unlike my lack of a power tool, my Army Painter precision side cutter made short work of the excess resin.
Ship and Skipper Names:
Despite playing miniature games since I was a teenager, I still feel like a padawan when it comes to actually painting figures. Which is why I try to hire others to do my dirty work.
What I had the most fun doing was concocting names for these ships and their captains.
Here’s what I came up with...
Merchant Tanker #1:
Since the first one looked like it's barely seaworthy, I picked a name that could cause players the most headaches.
The only "logical" conclusion was to name the rust-bucket Kobayashi Maru.
|(Starboard-side view of the Kobayashi Maru)|
Now before I'm accused of "going full-Trekkie," there actually is a bulk carrier by this name.
|(Image from Marine Traffic of the modern Kobayashi Maru at Westport, WA)|
|(Northern Star port-side view)|
|(Northern Star starboard-side view)|
|(Port-side view of the Bantu Wind)|
|(Oblique, starboard-side view)|