|Full disclosure: This is not the one I am painting. I forgot to take a |
picture of it unpainted.
|Perhaps I should have taken this off the painting stick so you could see the|
hull a bit better?
I use a black spray paint undercoat for my hull and my masts. While it does mute the colors that go over it somewhat, it has the advantage of hiding any small areas that my paint job misses. A white or grey undercoat, on the other hand, makes those areas stand out even more. What you can't do though, is just use the undercoat as your base coat and paint around it. Even though the model is on a painting stick, the undercoat will still rub off from handling. So yes, the black undercoat then gets a coat of black on top of it. 😒 Of course, it doesn't have to be black. I've also used Payne's Gray on hulls, and it gives a different, shinier look than straight black.
I had originally thought about doing the ship based on the painting of HMS Euryalus in The Trafalgar Companion, which shows her looking like this:
I later chose against it, mainly because I was tired of painting a scheme I've come to refer to as BBB (Basic Boring British). Instead, I pulled out my Anatomy of the Ship: The Frigate Diana and decided to go that way instead. If you're not familiar with that book, HMS Diana looks like this:
A bit more colorful than HMS Euryalus is portrayed, to say the least! So, why did I choose this paint scheme instead of the previous one? My rationales go like this:
- When I get to play the Battle of Trafalgar, the smaller ships likely won't be on the table,
- It is still an authentic historical paint scheme,
- The earlier paint scheme of Diana will give me more use out of the ship, and
- I was tired of painting black and yellow (Did I mention that earlier? I feel like I might have.).
If you look at the hull, you'll see that the gunports without covers are painted in either a dark gray (in the hull) or a lighter gray (on the upper deck). I do this so that it gives the effect of light coming through the gunports on the upper deck, or the shadows of the gundeck. The hull gunports on this ship are particularly dark, because I figured that the boats on the skid beams will block out most of the light coming into the lower deck. The light gray areas around the upper deck are hammock storage, and the dark brown lines on them represent the stanchions that support the netting. The Langton manual on painting suggests painting light brown or gray criss crossed lines to represent the netting, but I can't do that neatly.
I don't have a specific time breakdown for each part of painting the hull, because it's not really that simple. I know I said deck, hull and then bow/stern but it's not quite that simple. When I'm painting the hull, if I see something I missed on the deck then I go back and fix it. The only thing that I can say with any certainty is that it took 50 minutes to paint the stern and quarter galleries to my satisfaction. Overall though, my notes show that it took 185 minutes to completely paint the hull. Given that my timing isn't totally exact, I'm OK with saying that it took 3 hours to go from bare metal to finished hull. In the next installment, I'll paint the masts and get them ready to glue into the ship.