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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.


  1. Wow!

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

  2. Amazing modeling and painting on the galley!

  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!!

    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.

    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!

  4. A great looking model.

    Very well done.


  5. Any chance you would make one of those as a commission?