Friday, July 28, 2017

Set Sails for Adventure!

and Signal Close Action!
Steady is the word and sharp the action!
Fire as she bears! 

and other fun naval expressions....

Recently, I went to Kublacon, a large game convention here in CA.  While there I played in a great AoS game that looked like this: 

this is a game of 'Form on Admirals Wake"
using Sails of Glory ships

IN this casel AoS means Age of Sail, and not Age of Sigmar.  I am way more of a historical gamer than Scifi;  but I do like both kinds of Scifi - Starwars and StarTrek.  

And I thought that I've always liked this genre, I've enjoyed some fiction a long time ago (the Bolithio and Ramage series), though I rarely play Age of Sail games.  How hard can it be really?  only need maybe 10 ships and sea mat...  

so looking around on the internet I discovered GHQ and Langton 1/1200 Ships and thought that those were really pretty models.  Though I was also hesitant because I am NO great modeler or painter and the models seemed complicated, especially the rigging.  

I started a thread on TMP asking how hard were these ships to do really, and got a lot of responses of encouragement and also of the "go ahead and try it" variety.  

bare metal... and in pieces...

I ordered from Waterloo Mini's the Langton Queen Charlotte hull and parts, and then ignoring other projects as I was excited about it, focused on getting her ready to sail.

In the end, came out like this:  Not too shabby for a first attempt.

Looks close enough to a British 1st rate ship of the line

I am very grateful for the War Artisan guide to rigging (thanks again sir!),  which describes how instead of doing knots, you stiffen the thread with glue, cut it to the right length, and glue them onto the ship in the right places.  it appeared much easier than tying little knots.  If you google 'War Artisan guide to rigging' it'll pop up as a PDF.  i add a link when I figure out how to add links without just copy and paste.

you can see on the rigging spots where i added too much glue.
this is more noticeable in the pictures than in the flesh...err, wood.
I also wonder if i used white glue versus tacky glue if it would matter.

Looking now, I forgot to paint a stern wake in the ocean, but i'll get to that however I'm not too worried as once I get a sea mat, I'll likely paint it over again to try to match it.

Overall, I call that a success.  I've already ordered a large 120 gun French ship!


  1. Very nice indeed! You are off to an excellent start. If the excess glue bothers you that much, just take some thinned paint and go over it.

    1. Thanks Brian, I really appreciate the comment, especially coming from you.

      What a brilliant idea that is! I certainly shall.

  2. I'm really impressed with your Langton ships. One of the reasons I have not bought more SoG ships is the cost and the work required to make them look decent (for my tastes at any rate) and the thought that if I'm putting in that kind of investment I should be doing it with a decent model, i.e. a Langton one. Annoyingly the SoG scale is different to Langton's.

    The rigging really makes it. I made one War Artisan paper boat and partially rigged it using their preglued thread technique that you mentioned. It has withstood being dropped and having things dropped on it. Sadly I based it for SoG and now don't use it much as a result.

  3. Thanks York! I appreciate the comment. I know what you mean about the different scales. I think I lucked out in that I had no interest in SoG at the time so went with Langton.

    I actually have a game of Post Captain today, and finally get to use my whole ‘fleet’.