Thursday, August 18, 2011
My First Langton Ship!
And now for something completely different....
Having finished the Norman Basic Impetus army, it's time to finish off some old projects. A couple of years back I bought four of the beautiful 1:1200 scale Napoleonic ships made by Rod Langton I got half way through making two of them until the rigging did my head in and I lost heart.
However, the Dux is made of stern stuff, and is further inspired by rereading the Aubrey-Maturin Novels of Patrick O'Brian. These are easily my favourite historical novels ever. I'm quite keen to do some age of sail gaming, so I got hold of a copy of the 'Kiss Me Hardy' rules from Too Fat Lardies, which look good although there are lots of things they don't explain very well (at least not to a lubber like me).
So, fortified by half a litre of strong Norwegian beer, I got back to the rigging. The first ship off the blocks is the British 74 'Orion', which fought at Cape St Vincent, the Nile and Trafalgar. You may note that 'Minotaur' is written on the base, but the Minotaur was a somewhat different design, so I have since renamed it. There is also now a pennant flying from the mainmast. This is the first one of these little gems I have tried to make, so any suggestions would be appreciated.