Painting the ship

September 30, 2015

The ship is finally being painted! Or rather, I’ve been painting it on and off for months, but to be honest it’s boring as anything – much more dull than putting it together. Nevertheless, I’m grinding my way through it and figured you’d like to see some WIP shots as some of you have been following through the whole progress. Plenty of work is still needed, but I’ve noticed that making these posts tend to remind me that the thing is progressing and boost my motivation! I’m at the crucial stage where projects are either finished or left to gather dust momentum, and I’m definitely going with the former.

So, here’s the ship. As you can see, I went for a wood/black/red colour theme with some gold and brass detailing. Note that only the outside of the ship has been washed and drybrushed, the decking is still heavily WIP, missing all detail work, so it will look a whole lot better eventually. The ship is also still missing its figurehead as well as the stern lanterns, which I haven’t painted yet. There’s still loads to do, but it’s progressing.

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I wanted a colour scheme that was menacing enough to be used as a pirate ship but also neat and clean enough for the ship to be used as a more reputable vessel if needed. The ship has a fair amount of decoration and detailing. I went with gold for these, as I love how they give the ship a bit of extra flamboyance. Most credit goes to my lovely girlfriend who painted the extra fiddly stuff by the aft windows.

I’m somewhat sorry for the poor quality photos, but hey, that’s WIP for you! C&C welcome as always.



  1. The detail is looking very nice. Remember minature boat builder sites sell loads of tiny bits to add that extra special detail.


  2. Excellent mate. This is the first post I’ve read on the ship so I might be jumping the gun but was this a toy? How did you know what scale to get etc?

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    • It was a Pirates of the Caribbean toy, yeah. I recall reading a review describing it as being really big, so I figured it would be big enough to be a battlefield in itself!

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