Painting figures and working on projects are hard work. It takes money, time, dealing with a certain amount of tedium and the mental toughness to persevere a project through to completion. I don't have all that. I have to "walk away" from what I'm working on from time to time just keep moving forward on my painting goals--which is always to paint a lot.
I promised myself no new projects. I lied. Sort of. One of the big deterrents to taking on new projects is cost. I rattled on a couple of weeks ago about cog wars. I truly believe I've found scratchbuilding, in this case, to be the antidote to the cost of taking on this project. Deadline also broke my concentration on the AWI unit I was working on, and yesterday, my first day of not not working on the paper in over a week, imbued me with enough energy to focus my attention on the mass production of English cogs for the Hundred Years War.
Here is my improved prototype. I've added a sternpost and a small bowsprit, as well as a crow's nest for the mast top. The stern post is just a chunk of flat toothpick. The bowsprit a bit of brass wire, and the crow's nest a simple bead. Given the scale I think they all work. The production models will be a bit different. The forecastle will be smaller at Daveshoe's suggestion. The mast will be the same height, but the yard will be raised higher and will be thicker-brass wire the same thickness as the bowsprit. I'm at sea about sails (pun intended.) I will probably try to determine if it is worth the effort.
If I can retain some momentum on this I'd like to finish 15ish vessels this week to show off at Drumbeat on the 29th. Dave and I are hosting at an Airwar C 21 game, and I've agreed to pull my Lewis and Clark project out of the box and host a game using the Brother Against Brother rules.
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