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Author:  Olthannon [ Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:49 pm ]
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Have not had much to add to the blog recently as I've been neglecting the painting for a little while. However, I have started a new project - building a ship. So here's a couple of WiP photos of the structure. Still need to source a mast and then plenty of details to add.

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It is still very rough and ready and still a long way to go but let me know what you think.

It's most certainly not based on the Man O' War ships because I am not a huge fan of the weird Malay outrigger style of the Hawkships on a large scale.

Author:  SpellArcher [ Sat Jul 20, 2019 7:13 pm ]
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At some point in the career of every High Elf general they seem to turn shipwright! I like how it has a kind of direction down to the prow.

Author:  Prince of Spires [ Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:02 am ]
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SpellArcher wrote:
At some point in the career of every High Elf general they seem to turn shipwright! I like how it has a kind of direction down to the prow.

:lol: Probably true. I guess it's the result of the seafaring / naval nature of the High Elf empire.

I like how the ship is shaping up. The prow gives it an ancient roman / greek feeling, which works well with High Elves in my opinion. Keep us updated.

Rod

Author:  Olthannon [ Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:23 am ]
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Thanks guys. Work has progressed somewhat on the ship, decking is almost complete for all of it.
Yes I took most of the inspiration from the flat hulled Mediterranean ships as opposed to the Man O' War Malaysian outrigger style ships that also have giant castles attached to the back (apparently taking the term fo'c's'le literally).

My main issue now is finding something for the bow of the ship that will look pretty delicious but not too big as to get in the way of the fore bolt thrower and also sourcing a suitable tiller.

I will post pictures shortly, I have to faff about taking pictures on my phone and then uploading to imgur and then going on my laptop and resizing them on there before uploading because I can't find a way of resizing images on imgur mobile app.

Author:  Prince of Spires [ Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:16 am ]
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Looking forward to the updates :)

I guess the bolt thrower will need either a raised platform from which to shoot or some kind of opening. A 360 degree field of view would be great, but even a 90 degree forward field of view would work I think.

Rod

Author:  Olthannon [ Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:31 pm ]
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As you can see, there is one such raised platform fit for the bolt thrower :wink: The mast is ready, just needs cutting slightly to get the right size, not pictured however. Will do a bit more work on it today, hopefully get myself an idea about what to do with the figurehead.

Enjoy.

Author:  Luna Guardian [ Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:26 am ]
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Looks very cool, sleek and deadly as it should! Looking forwards to seeing it completed and painted!

Author:  Prince of Spires [ Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:14 am ]
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Starting to look very cool indeed. The one thing I would consider is changing the stairs slightly. They look just a bit on the small side to comfortably hold a model. Not a big deal of course. But from a practical / gaming / display point of view it's nice to have the option to put a model on there.

Rod

Author:  SpellArcher [ Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:00 pm ]
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Coming along nicely!

Author:  Shannar, Sealord [ Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:07 pm ]
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More progress than projects usually end up with (including one I started awhile back).

Author:  Olthannon [ Mon Aug 26, 2019 4:49 pm ]
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So a few more updates, including part of the mast (although that will take a lot of work).

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Adding more details now to get more ship like and less big block of plastic. Still not decided on the prow so have left that blank and have been procrastinating with other pieces.

Thanks for the comments guys, appreciate it!

As for the stairs, I would change them but then they would look gigantic and a bit odd in comparison.

Author:  SpellArcher [ Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:12 pm ]
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Now I get that the ship had to be a decent width to accommodate the RBT!

Author:  Shannar, Sealord [ Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:03 pm ]
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the solution to the stair size problem is to make a block you can set on the stair below the one you want the model to be standing on. I've done that for my mordheim buildings. It lets you keep the scale of the project, but still have a way for minis to stand on the steps.

Author:  Prince of Spires [ Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:49 am ]
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Shannar, Sealord wrote:
the solution to the stair size problem is to make a block you can set on the stair below the one you want the model to be standing on. I've done that for my mordheim buildings. It lets you keep the scale of the project, but still have a way for minis to stand on the steps.

Great idea. Definitely stealing that one.

I like the details you're adding to the ship. They make all the difference between some generic terrain piece and something lovely and elven.

Rod

Author:  Olthannon [ Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:19 pm ]
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Here is a tester for my archers. I got this in a sale a while ago and it was undercoated white. Not sure why the head is at such a dodgy angle but I might pull that off and reglue. I think frankly I much prefer that to black undercoat, the white on the jerkin needs touching up but overall pretty happy with how it turns out. The lighting isn't great because it is absolutely chucking it down here.

Cheers,

Author:  SpellArcher [ Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:26 pm ]
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This guy definitely has that richness that is one of the hallmarks of your painting Olthannon.

Author:  Prince of Spires [ Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:02 am ]
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he's looking pretty good. As you say, the white can use another layer or two, just to get that clean, crisp look. But it's a pretty good start for a fast result.

When I used spray can primer I always primed my elves white. My elves generally have fairly bright colors and a lot of whites. And then undercoating white makes it much easier to get a nice result. I've since moved on to using an airbrush to prime, which has a transparent primer. And after that I usually give a mixed white and black first layer. That immediately gives a nice shade effect to the model when painting. Though it's fairly subtle and if it wasn't that little effort I'm not sure I would do so.

Rod

Author:  Shannar, Sealord [ Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:31 am ]
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agreed on the white primer. Except for swordmasters and spearmen, with all the armor they get primed black.

Author:  Bie [ Fri Sep 27, 2019 1:22 pm ]
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I'm loving the Hawkship. Makes me want to start my very own for my Sea Guard battalion :)

You must have already put in quite an amount of time to get where you are with the ship. Looking forward to see its finished state.

Author:  Olthannon [ Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:08 pm ]
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Thanks all for the comments, much appreciated.

The Hawkship actually not been too difficult really, it is a simple design so not really too much effort just I haven't had much time spare to work on it. :lol:

It only needs a few more details and the prow needs to be sorted. Hopefully do some more on it this month and get it painted!

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