Monday, 14 April 2014

Raiding Rangers

Redoubt rangers on board my scratch-built whale boat

I admit, my rangers are out of date: They are French and Indian War rangers by Redoubt Enterprises. I got them from Trevor Body as extra figures, because I wanted to man my scratch-built whale boat. That was kindly enough, wasn't it? They are very nice sculpts and painted extremely well. It was a pleasure colouring them!
The whale boat itself is a by-product of a modelling project I started for Lance Cawkwell of Galloping Major. It all began when I thanked him for his extra sailor, and added a link to my blog. Well, he somehow thought I might make a whale boat model for him. I was flattered, and started with a cardboard model I manned with some unfinished sailors.

The first cardboard model to show the dimension
When I got permission to go on, I built my experimental version to find out how best to scratch-build the model. I used thin aeroplane plywood, cardboard and balsa wood, and got this result:
The first experimental version of the whale boat
When this was approved of by Lance, I set out to build the real thing, trying to avoid the mistakes I had made before. This is what I got:
I sent it to Lance (together with an extra oar), hoping that one day he will have been able to make a mold from it, cast it in resin and metal (oars, swivel gun, steering lock and oar), for you to add to your gaming table - with a crew of rangers, of course.
The old cardboard model I did not cast away, however. I made some changes, asked Trevor for his crew of rangers, and incorporated it into my fleet.
Another view of my new craft