La Didon 36 (1803) by Langton Models - Painting Masts and Detail

She's coming along nicely! I wish that I had more time to devote to her painting, but life does get in the way. The further along I get with the painting the more I am impressed with the Langton model; It is really good and the quality makes it straightforward to achieve a good result.

La Didon 36 (1803) by Langton Models - Painting Masts and Detail 1:1200, Age of Sail, French, Napoleonic, Naval

I painted the cannon with a black undercoat and then I hit them with a light touch of #2 pencil. I tried that out with my 20mm WWII Soviets and it looked really good. It puts a subtle shine on the metal which I like. I picked out the bands around the lower masts in a similar fashion. According to Langton, before 1800 they were rope wouldings (light brown) and after that they were iron painted black. Mine will be the iron type.


La Didon 36 (1803) by Langton Models - Painting Masts and Detail 1:1200, Age of Sail, French, Napoleonic, Naval

Picking around the masts and yards took some time, and I have a few mistakes in there that will have to be covered with the sail color. I settled on a dark gray that reads as black, but shows the shadows. I tried it out on the nearest mast and yards.

La Didon 36 (1803) by Langton Models - Painting Masts and Detail 1:1200, Age of Sail, French, Napoleonic, Naval

The hammock netting has been painted a light cream and washed with the Citadel Earthshade ink. They are awaiting highlights with the light cream color.

La Didon 36 (1803) by Langton Models - Painting Masts and Detail 1:1200, Age of Sail, French, Napoleonic, Naval

Hopefully I'll get some time this weekend to do some further work on her. Most of my time is spent trying to figure out what part should be what color. Working on a new subject is always tricky and this effort has been no different. A number of times I realized that I incorrectly painted a feature and had to go in and repaint it. My next ship won't have these sorts of stoppages.

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  1. Jeff

    Brilliant job! You have found your meter! Bring the Didon to Craft Day please!

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  2. I'm glad you like them, Michael! I'm hoping to have her done before the our next Craft Day!

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  3. Happy New Year to you Jeff, and I hope the ship is coming along well for you.

    I've just gone ahead and ordered my copy of Close Action on your recommendation, and was looking to get a copy of the Bloody Red Flag rules as well, since they sound so neat. I tried emailing Albert Parker at an address on an old forum posting, but the message bounced. How were you able to get in touch with him?

    If you want to email me I'm at whitejamest (at) gmail dot com.

    Thanks for your help!

    James

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    1. James, I'm sure that you'll enjoy Close Action as much as I do! It is such a great ruleset.

      I just emailed you Albert's information so that you can get the Bloody Red Flag supplement. The 12 directional movement is so interesting... even from a purely academic standpoint.

      Anyway, I hope that you had a great holiday and that your stocking was filled with miniatures, paints and brushes!

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