“Have they got a flag?“
~ Eddie Izzard
|Three of the four Venetian ship flag sets|
Hot off the presses and into my hands as of yesterday - the first sets of proofs of the flag sheets for the upcoming release of my 1/300th scale Renaissance galley range.
Each ship model comes with a random flag sheet based upon its nationality. The flag set is an easy way to quickly dress up a model, and gives you scads of options, all the while keeping a cohesiveness to your fleet that will be sure to win over the ladies!
|Knights of Malta- 4 flag set variations|
Thanks to the amazing talents of Jaye Wyley (akaBaron Von J) I have a huge assortment of flags, awnings, pennants, banners and bulwark trim to work with, allowing me to create 4-8 variations (and more for the Galiots) per nationality. This will no doubt grow, but for now I think I figured I have over 90 options for the Ottoman Turks!
The flag sheets (an easy name although they are so much more; not to mention FAPBB is a horrible acronym) are printed via a giclee process on high grade paper. They come out looking like silk screens! I don’t remember the actual weight of the paper, but it is thin and allows for flaggy-bendy action with ease. Color me super happy as to how these came out!
|Ottoman Turk Flag sheets.|
|More Ottoman Turk flag sheets- because there are Lots of them!|
Why So Many Options?I’ll be the first to admit that I am crap at painting good straight stripes, much less dags and checkers. I really did this all for me and my needs – and you just get to benefit from my laziness!
Winner of the Sultana Challenge!
A couple of blogs back, I asked you Blogmeisters if any of you could find information on Ali Pasha’s ship, the Sultana - in particular, was she classed as a Lanterna or not. I had several emails from those ferreting out the information - and “thanks” to all that sent me great links and bits of books - but the one who dominated the question like Don Juan on the Turks was Mr. Bill Butler of Patterson, California. Mr. Butler was like a research grad student, delving into tomes, ancient and new, and found a bit of info that spoke of Ali Pasha’s ship size that confirmed it was indeed a Galea Grossa / Lanterna and not a galley. Along the way we also debunked an image in the Osprey on Galleys, which states it is a Turkish ship, when in fact (having seen it in person and am currently using the postcard picture as a book mark) it is Venetian. Needless to say, still quite the sexy vessel!
Mr. Butler will be receiving a free galley of his nationality of choice!