Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Single-Masted Sloop - Langton Miniatures 1:1200

Langton Miniatures' 1:1200 Great Lakes line of models includes some fascinating small vessels, representing some of the wide variety of craft that plied those waters in the War of 1812. Here is one of those models, a single-masted sloop. In form it looks like a miniature cutter, but in power it is not much more than a large gunboat, mounting 2 guns on pivots.

Sails and ratlines are photo etched brass from Langton. Rigging is with nylon paintbrush bristles. Sea base is a metal piece from Langton.







Here the pivot guns are seen to good effect, along with the fact that the deck is not flush, but seems to be covered over with rowers' benches.


To give a sense of size, here the sloop is seen between two schooners. On the left, the 10 gun schooner from Langton's Great Lakes line. On the right, the larger 10 gun schooner from the normal Napoleonic Naval line.


6 comments:

  1. Beautiful work as always! I always really enjoy when you post these. One of these days i'll pick one up and try to paint it! Any suggestions? Do you mind if I ask what colors you use?

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    1. Thanks very much Mr. Harold, I'm glad you like it. I'd definitely recommend giving it a try, and if I can help walk you through the process I'll be happy to do it. The best place to start is probably with whatever class of ship you find the most interesting.

      For this model I used Reaper Bronzed Flesh for the hull, and the trim is that mixed with yellow. The sails were painted with a light buff color, and brought down a little bit with a very thin khaki wash. I used undiluted khaki for the detail on the sails themselves.

      Overall I use a mix of Pollyscale, Reaper, Citadel, and one or two other brands. Generally acrylics, because they are easy to clean up.

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  2. Another great Great Laker! Very crisp. Very clean. Are you playing with these little guys? Not using KMH anymore?

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    1. Thanks Vol! I wish I were getting more games in, but none of the recent stuff has seen the table lately. It's been a while since I played KMH, though I like it a lot. I've played Serpents of the Seas more recently, and am hoping to rope some people in to trying Post Captain with me, whenever I can get around to setting it all up.

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    1. Thanks Hetairoi, glad you like it. They are certainly fun models!

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