Sunday, September 17, 2017

Set Sails II: First French 120 and other AoS stuff

Finished my second ship and the first in the French fleet.  As the British have a 100 gun ship it seemed right to give the French a corresponding behemoth, so this is a French 120 gun ship of the line.  Once again, this is a Langton 1/1200 miniature.

I had to do some research (research means look around online and ask on TMP) on what colors French ships used on their hulls as I didn't know.  I'm still pretty ignorant of the actual history of this period.  BrainW (whose blog is in the blog roll over there ---->) recommends that French ships were either red or yellow, but I also found that they could have blue or white stripes / patterns.

As you can see, I went with red (because I think it looks awesome!).

abut half way through the photos I remembered to add the flag...
so some photos will have the colors flying and some won't...

As it's the second ship some practice effects are apparent.  The rigging on this ship is more involved than the first and I think it came out looking pretty good!  I can tell that each ship is going to be an individual as the places where each sail is attached to the masts is going to be slightly different each time.  Also as I look at more and more at examples of rigging from the internet and books I get a better idea where everything goes.

On this model I did more 'backstays' than the previous.  I also angled the sails to the masts instead of making them straight.  As in 'wind a-quarter' versus 'wind astern.'  (Hooray for nautical jargon!)   While gluing them on I thought the angle was quite rakish but it turns out to be subtle on the model.

The next run of pictures will have large amounts of ship booty.

There's almost always a rear shot when it comes to ships...

Does this flag make my stern cabin look big?

With one French and one British ship done, it's time to schedule a single ship duel and try out another set of AoS rules.  Out of the ones I have, Post Captain by ODGW is my current favorite of 'AoS rules I've read but haven't played.'    I was going to try and get in a game soon, but I discovered to my shock that I don't have any D12s..  has it really been that long since I played a RPG?

Other AoS stuff:

As I've stated, I don't know a lot of the history of the Age of Sail and this is a recent endeavor.  SOOO I've done what all good historical gamers do and started some research to learn of the time, which is what always makes us better people than fantasy and scifi gamers.  (that's obviously an outlandish statement meant to amuse).  So I got the book; Fighting at Sea in the Eighteenth Century; The Art of Sailing Warfare by Sam Willis.  I  ordered it online from Barnes and Noble because I couldn't find it anywhere I went and I had B&N giftcards.  It was kinda pricey though at $40 for not a large book.

However, it's already paid off.  let me illustrate:

At the same time, my latest order from Waterloo Minis arrived; 2 74 guns ships, 1 French and 1 British.  I of course opened them right away because I'm like that.  But the ships aren't labeled British and French, just by the hull model, so I couldn't tell which is which.  Oh no!

BUT! About 10 pages into the book, on the chapter of telling friend from foe, There is a diagram of a French stern and British stern; the French being more of a "horseshoe shape" and the British more "conical."    There diagrams matched the sterns of the model ships providing identification.

French on the left, British on the right in the book
and pics of ship booty.

French on the left, British on the right in my hand...
Why yes, my thumb is rather manly...
and yet even more ship booty.  

Probably and argument about how well sculpted the Langton miniatures are.

Coming up for AoS; those two 74s  AND I squeezed in a game of Post Captain and will be writing a blurb about the rules....

Thanks for reading and comments welcome!


  1. Looks marvellous especially all the rigging very realistic looking. The base looks very effective.

    1. Thanks Simon! The base is just layers of dry brushed blues and I agree, it's the rigging that makes the model stand out.

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    1. Thanks! I'm still very new at it. But it did come out alright.

  3. Seeing these boats in person was a delight mate. They look fantastic and that rigging... I said it to you when we played, but it just looks so good.

    1. Thanks again Dai. Thanks for trying out an AoS ruleset as well. Our game will be the next post.

  4. Lovely looking ships and rigging, if you were really interested in the naval history of the period I'd have to recommend conwey as a naval publisher, everything I've got from them has been good, NAM Rodgers two volume history of the royal navy is also really good if you fancy it.
    Best Iain

    1. Thanks for the recommendation. I'll keep it in mind.

  5. Welcome to the bloggisphere! Nice looking ships. When you wrote AoS I kept wondering where all the new plastic models were, then I realized it was Age of Sail. Doh!

    1. Thank you. 😀 I much more of a historical gamer so Age of Sail and not Age of Skidmark... 😀 But I do like both kinds of sci-fi games; Starwars and Star Trek.

  6. Great stuff...and welcome to the Blogosphere!

    I was lucky enough to grow up in Portsmouth, UK, in the shadow of ships like HMS Victory and Warrior - just beautiful.

    1. Thank you! Alas I have never seen one of these ships in person but I do agree it'd be an enriching experience.