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    I'll kick off the new year with The Black Pearl. Finished her last evening. I expect I'll move on to some scenery, USS Essex or the Warlord merchant ships, (which are very nice by the way).
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    Loved this one Jim when I saw it on FB. How did you get the skulls eyes to change color? Really nice effect.

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    Loved this one Jim when I saw it on FB. How did you get the skulls eyes to change color? Really nice effect.
    Thanks Vol. Skull Island is actually hollow inside (Woodland Scenics Shaper Sheets) and I use one of those battery tea lights that automatically cycles through the colors. It looks even better in videos. I've also used the amber/white flickering tea lights, which then looks more like a fire or flames might be burning inside the mountain.
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    Very cool Jim!

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    Started a new ship, one of Henry's resin prints, the Dash 3rd rate Holsteen. I had to add some rails to have something to tie off later rigging to, and a minor repair to a breakout while drilling a hole.

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    Another useful tip on rails Vol. I have only ever used a strip of plasticard for rails but yours looks much more the ticket.
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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Black Seas merchants are up next I think? Looking at the smaller merchant ship I can't help but think this would make a really nice 'generic' pirate ship? Both have nice detail regardless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bligh View Post
    Another useful tip on rails Vol. I have only ever used a strip of plasticard for rails but yours looks much more the ticket.
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    Common staples are the material

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmoss View Post
    Black Seas merchants are up next I think? Looking at the smaller merchant ship I can't help but think this would make a really nice 'generic' pirate ship? Both have nice detail regardless.
    Yes they both look like pirate material

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    I decided to build up some of my 3rd rate 3D hulls to match the Warlord Games Black Seas hulls on the table
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    I have done much the same using plasticard in the past Vol.
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    My desk have 15mm Swedish dragoons for my Great Northern Wars army.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexaS View Post
    My desk have 15mm Swedish dragoons for my Great Northern Wars army.

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    These are fine looking fellows, I much prefer the simpler look to the tricorne era than the more popular Napoleonic uniforms.

    The Black Pearl - opening post looks pretty good as well.
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    Well, some uniforms of guard units could still get very much... details... mousquetaire style...

    The Swedish king Carl XII was very protestantic and had himself a uniform without any decoration.
    His guard though... The gold of the corporal weighed 2,2 kg.

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    Those I thankfully painted when I was younger as I never could have painted three golden stripes on the reins now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexaS View Post

    Those I thankfully painted when I was younger as I never could have painted three golden stripes on the reins now.
    I know that feeling only too well Jonas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TexaS View Post
    My desk have 15mm Swedish dragoons for my Great Northern Wars army.

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    They look awesome!
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    It was a very colorful period for uniforms. Nice job Jonas!

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    For most armies every regiment had different colours. Sweden had what was called "enhetsuniform" (unity uniform) with the idea of a blue coat with the turn backs yellow for everyone, so most were blue-yellow but cavalry often wore blue-blue, some infantry regiments were blue-red and some were blue-white. But low quality troops often got cheap coats, especially later in the war for Sweden, often grey-blue or grey-yellow.

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    Interesting Jonas. I did not know that.
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    Converting cavalry.
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    Primed half of the men. Four squadrons.
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    We've had a big wind storm here. Our internet was down since yesterday until about half an hour ago. Being rural our internet supplies our phone, our TV, computers, news, weather, etc.
    So since there were no distractions....
    I got the Holsteen painted!

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    I used the painting of the 90 gun Christian VII as a model for this two deck 60 gun Danish ship.
    She was a block ship at the 1801 battle of Copenhagen and the only ship taken into British service from the battle.
    I am debating how to model her, block ship or under way.

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    Block ship would give you a very limited useage Vol. I would complete her under way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bligh View Post
    Block ship would give you a very limited useage Vol. I would complete her under way.
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    Good advice Rob. Battle sails courses & tops furled? Or more? What do you think? I don't have any Russians or Swedes to fight yet, just British.

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    I generally prefer Battle sails just because that is what the game is all about, and most ships, by the time they got to the distance represented on our table world would have already gone to ACTION STATIONS unless they were taken unawares, running away or in an end chase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bligh View Post
    I generally prefer Battle sails just because that is what the game is all about, and most ships, by the time they got to the distance represented on our table world would have already gone to ACTION STATIONS unless they were taken unawares, running away or in an end chase.

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    Ok, will do! Not as much fun modeling wise but much more practical.

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    I finished the troopers but I still have the step markers left to finish, but that might take a while so I’ll post them anyway.

    Stenbocks dragonregemente

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    A fine body of men to be sure Jonas
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    Today I has been mostly making new Ship Logs.
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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Tonight I finshed the standing rigging on the Holsteen. I have only been getting small bit of time here and there to work on this one so it has taken longer than the last one. Or at least it seems that way to me.

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    Once again Museum quality workmanship, or should I add brushmanship to that Vol.

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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Excellent work, Vol. I wish you had more time in your day to devote to your hobbies.
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    Thanks guys, and thanks for the rep points Rob. Are these battle sails what you had in mind Rob?

    Jim I could devote more time to the hobbies and wish I could. But at this stage of my life I am more concerned with staying active and mobile. Sitting for long hours bent over a desk painting and rigging frankly hurts these days. So I spend most of my days moving around, taking walks, working out, doing honey-do list stuff, outside and inside maintenance chores, etc. The hobby time is limited to one hour at a sitting max. This can occur more than once a day, but sometimes it is only a half hour before I start to stiffen up and have to move. Such is my life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Volunteer View Post
    Thanks guys, and thanks for the rep points Rob. Are these battle sails what you had in mind Rob?

    Jim I could devote more time to the hobbies and wish I could. But at this stage of my life I am more concerned with staying active and mobile. Sitting for long hours bent over a desk painting and rigging frankly hurts these days. So I spend most of my days moving around, taking walks, working out, doing honey-do list stuff, outside and inside maintenance chores, etc. The hobby time is limited to one hour at a sitting max. This can occur more than once a day, but sometimes it is only a half hour before I start to stiffen up and have to move. Such is my life.
    I can empathize completely with your situation Vol. I'll be hitting 69 this year and I avoid sitting in place for too long for the same reasons you've shared. It was only recently that the doctors told me the stress from being hunched over models may impact tinnitus in older adults. Having cut back on the modeling time has reduced that problem as well as eye strain and some other issues too. Getting old does suck at times!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmoss View Post
    I can empathize completely with your situation Vol. I'll be hitting 69 this year and I avoid sitting in place for too long for the same reasons you've shared. It was only recently that the doctors told me the stress from being hunched over models may impact tinnitus in older adults. Having cut back on the modeling time has reduced that problem as well as eye strain and some other issues too. Getting old does suck at times!
    Yep, me too, 69 in April

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volunteer View Post
    Thanks guys, and thanks for the rep points Rob. Are these battle sails what you had in mind Rob?
    Those are exactly what I had in my mind's eye Jim.
    Without wanting this thread becoming a I take more pills than you do brag, I can also empathize. At almost 74 I have been on a walk 10,000 paces a day and don't spend more than half an hour at a time on the computer. My hip and leg has been locking up for some time now if I stay in the same position for too long. fortunately I can walk it off after about ten minutes. As Jim says age is a big down hill slide.
    The only thing I can say that is worse than that is not getting old.
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    I just saw this posted on Facebook. Not on my workbench, but I really like the way it looks. Posted on the Warlord Games pages by Gene Dodd III:


    Here’s an easy way to make splash markers:
    Stick some putty on a coin, glue a cigarette filter standing up in the center, tease out the cotton to look like a splash, and finish with blue wash and paint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmoss View Post
    I just saw this posted on Facebook. Not on my workbench, but I really like the way it looks. Posted on the Warlord Games pages by Gene Dodd III:


    Here’s an easy way to make splash markers:
    Stick some putty on a coin, glue a cigarette filter standing up in the center, tease out the cotton to look like a splash, and finish with blue wash and paint.
    Call me cheap, but I'd use a washer instead of a coin.

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    Certainly a cheap way of producing your markers, coin or not.
    Not sure if in England we still have a law about not defacing coin of the realm?

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    When Sweden abandoned the 10-öring, a very small coin worth less than a pence, I hoarded them. Now I have no idea where I put them...

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    Ah! If only I had the foresight to have done that with our old farthings Jonas.
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    Hey how about that I finally finished something I started in the same month! Holsteen 60-gun Danish SOL from Henry Turner.

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    More pics at https://volsminiatures.blogspot.com/...steen.html?m=1

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    That sure is a beauty Vol. You have deliniated Henry's fine detail superbly.
    My box with the next project arrived this morning, so after its three day quarintine it will be ready to start on my February workshop of producing the John Adams for my squadron in the Med.

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    This is one of your smartest looking ships yet, Vol. I wish Rory was still around to comment. I expect he'd be bouncing off the walls in admiration.
    "It's not the towering sails, but the unseen wind that moves a ship."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bligh View Post
    That sure is a beauty Vol. You have deliniated Henry's fine detail superbly.
    My box with the next project arrived this morning, so after its three day quarintine it will be ready to start on my February workshop of producing the John Adams for my squadron in the Med.

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    Will be anxious to see how the John Adams turns out. I have to confess I wasn't aware of the long history of this US ship? Pretty amazing history.
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    Absolutely stunning model Vol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmoss View Post
    Will be anxious to see how the John Adams turns out. I have to confess I wasn't aware of the long history of this US ship? Pretty amazing history.
    Aside from the Moorish connection,that was the main reason I chose to do it Jim. More ship for my Buck as you chaps would say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmoss View Post
    This is one of your smartest looking ships yet, Vol. I wish Rory was still around to comment. I expect he'd be bouncing off the walls in admiration.
    Thanks Jim, and thank you for the rep points. Yes I think Rory would have liked this. I sure miss talking with him about ships.

    And thank you Rob and Eric for the kind comments.

    Tonight I started the laser cut wooden schooner my daughter gave me for Christmas. The Chinese instructions are kicking my butt! LOL
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