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Guillotine’s Adventures in the Age of Piracy

Guillotine’s Adventures in the Age of Piracy

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About the Project

Yarrr! With the Blood & Plunder: No Peace Beyond the Line Kickstarter washing up to my shore, it’s time for my hobby attention to hop to the Age of Piracy. Expect ships, sailors, land lubbers, cannons, terrain, EVERYTHING!

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William Kidd

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William Kidd
William Kidd

Reformado Commander

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Reformado Commander
Reformado Commander

Spanish Commander

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Spanish Commander
Spanish Commander

Manuel Rivero de Pardal

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Manuel Rivero de Pardal
Manuel Rivero de Pardal

Juan Corso

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Juan Corso
Juan Corso

Back to the Age of Piracy

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Stuck in isolation, I’m catching up on all my half-finished projects.

For Blood & Plunder my backlog is:

  • Bunch of characters and legendary commanders
  • European Cavalry
  • Unaligned faction box
  • Half-done ships. Sails etc.

Soldados

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Continuing with my Spanish force, here’s a unit of Soldados. The models are ”European Soldiers” from Firelock.

Soldados
Soldados

Milicianos Indios

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Characterful models, these were very fun to paint 🙂

Milicianos IndiosMilicianos Indios
Milicianos Indios, Lloyd viewMilicianos Indios, Lloyd view

Milicianos Artilleros

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Adding into my Spanish force, here’s Milicianos Artilleros. The dude with the cannon balls must be one of my favourites from the range.

Milicianos Artilleros
Milicianos Artilleros

Capitán & Marineros

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Continuing with my Spanish, I painted the commander and some more sailors.

Capitán & Marineros
Capitán & Marineros
Capitán & Marineros
Capitán & Marineros
Capitán & Marineros
Capitán & Marineros

Brigantine Rigging and Cannons

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More work on the brigantine. I painted the cannons and the swivel guns added in the basic rigging. It starts to look like a ship now!

Here's the ship with crew onboardHere's the ship with crew onboard

Brigantine detail work

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Continuing painting the brigantine, I moved on to the detail bits.

I painted the gold details using the Army Painter gold metallics and washed them with Agrax earthshade.

The windows were first painted white, then added yellow and orange washes and after dry some additional highlighting in the middle with light yellow.

Brigantine detail work
Brigantine detail work

Marineros

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Taking a break from the ships business, I painted a group of Marineros.

Marineros
Marineros

Ships Ahoy!

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It wouldn’t be a Blood & Plunder project without ships, right? I’ve got two to work on: a brigantine and the mighty galleon. As the first steps would be more or less the same for both ships, I decided to work on them at the same time.

The clean-up and building was surprisingly little effort. The Firelock Games resin ships come as big hunks of resin, with very little flash and bold lines to tidy up. The most time consuming, and the fiddliest, part is gluing on the metal guns and the gun ports.

I primed the ships with Mig One Shot grey primer, using an airbrush.

Ships Ahoy!
Ships Ahoy!

After the initial primer, I went in with black and airbrushed shading on all the inside corners, around doors, windows and the gun ports.

Ships Ahoy!
Ships Ahoy!

To finalise the pre-shading stage I added some highlights with lighter grey airbrushed from roughly 45 degrees angle, catching all raised areas and especially the decks.

Ships Ahoy!
Ships Ahoy!

As all the pre-shading was done with primer paints, I left the ships to dry overnight, to ensure that the primer doesn’t “bleed in” to the main colours by darkening or dulling it down as it dries.

I wanted to go different colours for the ship hulls. For the brigantine, I chose a darker, more red brown, while the galleon would be a medium brown.

The colours used:
Galleon: AP Monster Brown
Brigantine: AP Oak Brown
Deck: VMA Light Brown

To avoid covering the earlier pre-shading work, I thinned down the paint heavily. With some trial and error, I ended up using Airbrush thinner, flow improver and Mig transparator.

Ships Ahoy!

Lanceros

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Continuing with the Spanish, here’s a unit of Lanceros. I followed the same pattern of painting the repeat sculpts in different schemes.

Lanceros
Lanceros
Lanceros
Lanceros

Spanish Milicianos

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Kicking off the painting from the Spanish, and the Milicianos in particular. I thoroughly enjoyed working on these, the sculpts are very painter friendly with clear and bold details. And as always when you get to use a bit broader pallette than uniforms, the brushwork becomes less of a chore. In the set there are duplicates of each sculpt. I simply separeted these into two groups and used different colour schemes for the repeats.

Spanish Milicianos
Spanish Milicianos
Spanish Milicianos