Completed hull, ready with some deck furniture and decorations. As you can see in the picture below, the ship has “aged” considerably compared to the picture on the previous page.
Through weathering techniques and the use of oil-paints, pastels and stains I attempt to create the illusion of a ship which has survived many storms and sailed on epic voyages.
I do not use a lot of automation techniques in the creation of classic sailing ship models since we try to avoid a machine-made look so often seen on plastic models of talls ships.
In reality, no two planks were identical. If not the size, the grain would be unique for each plank. A machine-made look is fine and even required for a model of a motor-yacht or modern sailboat, but may not work for 17th century vessel. My ultimate goal is not to create something that looks like a model, but rather appears like a replica of the real vessel, if that makes any sense?!