Wednesday, August 19, 2015

20 Gun Sloop - GHQ 1:1200

GHQ's 20 gun sloop is a beautiful model in 1:1200 of a type of small warship that would have been common to every European navy in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Three-masted ship-sloops performed a great variety of roles, from scouting for fleets, to commerce raiding, to convoy duty and more. Command of such a vessel might represent the first assignment for a newly minted captain, and many an ambitious young officer accomplished remarkable exploits in such craft.

I have rigged this model with nylon paintbrush bristles, and built my own bowsprit from brass rods for greater strength and detail. Sea base is a resin piece from Langton Miniatures, and the ratlines are from the same source.

Here are a couple shots of the sloop trading shots with an 18 gun brig, another GHQ model.