Tuesday, March 19, 2013

From MilesR: 1:1200 scale British Ship-of-the-Line (15 points)



From Miles:
I wanted to end the challenge with what I consider to be the most challenging but rewarding mini to build - a Langton 1/1200 scale Napoleonic ship.  In this case, its a Brits 3rd rate (74 guns) Ship-of-the-Line.  I have yet to name her but will do so later tonight.

The rigging consists of etched brass rat lines and a very minimalist approach the running rigging.  I've found more elaborate rigging looks great but doesn't last very long on the tabletop.  One of the pictures has a side by side with a 28mm Perry plastic confederate figure to help you see the size and figure out scoring.  I had wanted to complete a few more of these ships but time and work have conspired against me.
Curt - it has been a real pleasure participating in this year's challenge and I want to thank you for your efforts.  I think this event does a lot to bring all of us in the this rather "unique" hobby a bit closer together to learn from one another.  I know my rudimentary skills get a bit better each year by just being able to see all of the fantastic contributions from the other contestants.  It's a grand experience and you should be very proud of your contribution to the hobby

Thanks very much for your kind words Miles. It was a pleasure to have you participate again in this year's Challenge.

I agree, some of the most challenging modelling out there is creating a Napoleonic ship-of-the-line. Your've done great justice to that lovely Langton model, Miles. I really like the well-defined chequering, and the addition of the brass-etched ratlines and proud ensign really set it off. Beautiful work!

This lovely 3rd Rate will give Miles a 1st Rate 15 points. Well done and thanks again.

9 comments:

  1. Very nice. What not call her the Challenger? Seems appropriate...

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  2. Rudimentary skills? I do not believe that for a second looking at those ships of the line! They are quite simply one of my favourite things I have seen so far in the competition.

    I second naming her the "Challenger"....

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  3. great work, have loved all your ACW but the ship tops it all for me.
    Peace James

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  4. Great looking man o'war Miles. If you're still thinking about a name for it, how about HMS Campbell in honour of our esteemed host and judge?

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  5. Glad you finished with the ship just a shame the others did not quite get finished. I love your ships and always look forward to your Bat reps

    Ian

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  6. The people have spoken. This ship will now be referred to as "HMS Campbell Challenger".

    I suspect it will have a long career of sweeping it's French, Spanish and even US opponents off the tabletop!

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  7. A fine vessel! I can't imagine trying to rig these things.

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  8. She's a lovely ship, beautifully done.

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