Thursday, 10 July 2014

All hands on board!

Let me begin with my newest ship. It is the "Sea Dog" by Games of War which I converted into a privateer vessel by adding a quarter-deck, some windows, additional portholes, a steering wheel, anchors, and four swivel guns of different calibre. The flag on the mast can be exchanged.
As the flag shows this is an American privateer (the cannons are still missing)
The master is a sailor figure I got from Galloping Major when I bought the "Merchantman". I think this bully of a sailor gives the right impression of a privateer captain of the time. The man at the wheel is a Redoubt pirate figure.


Master and helmsman on the quarter-deck
My other crew members are a mixture of figures. Over the months I have collected various figures of seamen. Most are Napoleonic, though. But that doesn't matter too much as regards simple sailors. Only true top hats are an anachronism, as far as I know. And if you do not  take historical accuracy too serious, quite a lot of seamen will go unnoticed on board the ships, who really belong to the period after 1789.
Here is a review:
  • Brigade Games: British Napoleonic Navy (BG-NBR 022, 030-034), French Napoleonic sailors (BG-NFR 140, 141); Pirates (BG-BPP 008 etc.). Well sculpted types of seamen.
British seamen: 2 Midshipmen, boaring party I, gun crew of 4
British Navy Command figures

French sailors

Pirate gun crew
  •  Britannia Miniatures: Napeleonic gun crews and officers. The simple sailors are quite pittoresque characters (RIC 1-6; BTC 1-11).
Gun crews
Command figures: Master, gun commander, bosun, lieutenant, sailing master
  • HistoriFigs: They have a number of Marbleheaders and two sailors of the AWI period (HFG-014 - 017; TA-001 - 006).
    Marbleheaders and two AWI sailors
  • Newline Designs: British and French Napoleonic sailors, mostly gun crews and boarders (NN01 - NN58); the able bodied seamen are quite suitable for our period.
    Some examples, a French captain on the right 
  • Redoubt Enterprises: There are rowers and a tillerman with tricorn hat with their landing barges sets (FIX 6 and FIX 7), and of course lots of pirates that are suitable for 18th century sailors (BC 22...).
The man at the tiller and with the boat-hook are Redoubt sculpts (the rowers are by Brigade Games)

Rowers by Redoubt man my British gun-boat

Some pirates by Redoubt

Another Redoubt pirate at the bow

  •  Steve Barber Models: Some Britsh sailors (NN1-10), and some French counterparts (NN 31-35); the officers are definitely Napoleonic.
British sailors (and a converted "Admiral Nelson")

French seamen: Captain, lieutenant, and 3 sailors

  • War Modelling Miniatures: Sailors (NAV0015, NAV0016) and officers (e.g. NAV0001, NAV0003, NAV0006).
    2 captains, a lieutenant, and 2 climbing sailors
Most of the top hats could easily be transformed to round hats by filing. I left them as they are, not bothering too much about historical accuracy, and not wanting to "destroy" the beautiful figures..

Wagon Transport

Having bought the Wooden Cart from Lead Adventure I decided that I ought to alter it. The sides looked too high to my taste, and the wheels too flimsy. First of all I picked four stout wheels from my scrapbox, and then I altered the superstucture with the help of some balsa wood into a flatbed wagon to transport one of my homemade mortars. In my opinion the result is quite satisfying.
The converted Wooden Cart
The Haywagon I found quite picturesque from the beginning. Nothing was altered.
As I had only two heavy draft horses left, I decided to base the two wagons so that I could use my horses (and the Minden Miniatures drover) on both of them.
The Haywagon, loaded with wooden boxes
Two more vehicles for my wagon train!