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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Empire Army: Empire Galley and marines!


I painted up the flag on the forecastle as a nod to an
illustration from GW's game, "Man'O'War."
I actually posted this a while ago, but since I'm launching back into my Empire, I guess I could share it again. This is my old home-made Empire galley along with a contingent of Empire marines. (There's nothing that makes them actual "marines," except that I painted them up to serve on this ship.)

The ship started off as a length of 1-inch blue foam that was cut down into a hull shape. Then I got several feet of basswood and started laying planks! It took a while, but it was worth it; this is still my favorite Warhammer piece (though I have a watchtower that's pretty sweet, too. I'll post that on another day.)

Everything on this ship is hand-painted. It took a while, but it was fun. I remember my plan was to build a full three-ship squadron. I don't have a lot of space in my apartment, but it would be worth it to make space for these ships (if I should build the other two.) The intention with the squadron was to serve as a large display base for my Empire army -- though, I don't know if three ships would be enough to hold my army -- No, I WON'T be making an Empire Greatship -- like I said: small apartment:)

Don't forget to scroll all the way down and see some land shots of my "Neptune Legion" in all it's glory.





8 comments:

  1. Wow!

    That ship is amazing. The flags, the sails... wow.

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  2. Amazing modeling and painting on the galley!

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  3. Ha, love the way you just whip out these treasures like oh yeh here's something I knocked together a little while ago..! It's bloody magnificent!!

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    1. Hehehe -- Well, the infantry really is easy for me; the crisp, simple sculpting helps a lot (no skulls, purity seals, backpacks, or hundred-feathered plumes to worry about). But that galley did take a while to tackle. I started it around 2004 (or whenever the Warhammer General's Compendium came out,) and then it sat on a shelf unfinished for 3 or 4 years before I finished it. It took a lot of planks.

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    2. I'd be surprised if a project like this _didn't_ sit around unfinished for a while. Mine usually do, and they're never this big!

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  4. A great looking model.

    Very well done.

    Tony

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