|(Image from Living in the Past--Wooden Ships)|
Because I've been dealing with major health issues for the past two years now, I don't get a chance to do full-blown photo shoots.
For this week, we'll turn back to the Age of Sail and the so-called Golden Age of Piracy.
The rigging is rather elastic and I learned--the hard way--to be careful. My first attempt brought down the ship's foremast. After re-supergluing the mast, I re-rigged the vessel, but kept the lines loose.
The bark is just the latest addition to my Blood & Plunder "fleet." I bought two pre-painted and assembled vessels several years ago, off The Miniature Market website. These are:
1. A sloop
2. A brigantine:
The bark isn't the first vessel I painted. I first "practiced" on the following:
3. A Caribbean native piragua:
4. Some dugout "canoas:"
I plan on using these as suitable substitutes for Woodland Indian canoes in my French and Indian War (F&IW) collection.
5. Some longboats:
These boats will be suitable for any Age of Sail gaming.
The plastic bags in each boat contain a painted, yet unmounted swivel gun.
While I don't have any Golden Age of Piracy crew figures, I do have some Napoleonic naval crew figures in the process of being painted by a friend, and I'm trying to get my 2 dozen Woodland Indian figures painted to complete my F&IW collection.
My justification for having these vessels is that I feel ship design differences from the 17th to 19th Centuries wouldn't be much of a concern due to the small size of the vessels and at this level of gaming.
Firelock Games makes high-quality products--when they make them. The company seems to manufacture a limited supply of items then halt production. I've had to search around the internet for items that are not listed on their website. And while every vessel larger than a longboat is powered by sails--there's no guidelines for making sails, or even a template to use on paper or fabric of your choosing.
For now, adding sails to my bark and piragua will be on the back-burner.
The next Quick Pic Collage will focus on 20th Century vessels, so no "sail cloth" will be necessary.