As a little distraction while painting Dutch, Orange, and Brunswick infantry, I built, rigged, and painted these 1/600 scale ancient naval vessels. They are all from Xyston, and this was my first attempt at ancient ships.
In battle, the crews would have left the masts ashore, but I like the look of the sails. Plus sail colors can be used to mark squadrons on the table. I did my best on the crew and marines on deck, painting the highlights over a dark brown base coat. These figures are only 3mm high!
I painted the ships with Vallejo's "old wood" and washed with raw umber oil paint. I blocked in the sails with acrylic paint, washed with oils, and highlighted with thinned oils.
The bases are all from Litko. I covered the bases with automotive putty then rolled toothpicks over them to create a water effect. I painted the water with acrylics.
Transports and Hemiolia
I enjoyed doing these, and I think they turned out pretty well. The next batch, I will probably use Vallejo's "new wood," which I used on the hemiolia with the red sail.