Landlubber Mike Posted January 5, 2019 Share #1 Posted January 5, 2019 (edited) Not sure if this is the right section to post this, but here goes. I am trying to finalize the color scheme on my Euromodel La Renommee build. I'm trying to avoid paint where possible, and right now I'm using walnut and cherry for dark and light brown, and will use black/ebony stains for black. I haven't fully decided what to do with the ornamentation, but I might break down and use gold with various washes. I'm considering whether to add other colors to the build. I have a little redheart that I could use for a touch of color. I could use it for a stripe on the upper outer hull, inner bulwarks on the main deck, and possibly the colors for the cabin walls under the quarterdeck. I wouldn't want to use a lot of red though, so, for example, would not make the bitts, capstan, other deck items, and gun carriages out of redheart. The ship has 40 guns, so 40 gun carriages is a lot of redheart. Then again, the kit included carriages are overscale and need a bit of work to reduce their dimensions - it can be done, but probably the same amount of work in the end as it is to just build new carriages in redheart. That leads me to a couple of questions: 1. If the inner bulwarks are red, would it look odd if the gun carriages are in brown? Do the carriages have to match the inner bulwarks? 2. If the inner bulwarks on the main deck level (which would be visible) are red, would the bulwarks on lower deck levels also be in red? The reason I ask is that it would be a bit of work (and I probably don't have enough redheart) to line the gunport sills, inside face of the gunport lids, and inner bulwarks on the gun deck in red. Typing this out, I'm wondering if I should drop the idea of adding redheart at all and just keep the model in brown/black/gold. But, in case I change my mind and want a little color, I just want to make sure that I understand the paint schemes on ships of the period so I end up with something that looks good aesthetically as well as is generally historically accurate. For what it's worth, I think the kit actually represents a Swedish ship, and I can't find much out there on color schemes except for some Gota Lejon (and the models and pictures I've seen have used various color schemes). Thanks in advance! Edited January 5, 2019 by Landlubber Mike Canute and mtaylor 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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