Avast! So many little ships to paint!
Merchants and Marauders is great fun, and what better than to play it with painted up ships and gold doubloons! I've had the doubloons for a few years now, and they have become universal gold for many other games.
At some point I finally got the gumption to start going through all the ships and painting them up. Using brown primer did not speed up the paint jobs as I originally hoped. I ended up using foundation paints (super opaque vallejo versions) to get the main color on the sails, and even then it took a few coats. I think it would have been easier to have started from white, and wash or ink in the brown for the wooden parts.
Each player has 4 ships available to them, so I went for the most detail on these. I tried to layer and shadow them to keep them interesting without adding emblems or texturing. They came out well, but I think some are higher quality than others. Green in particular could use some highlighting..
The NPC ships saw considerably less time. I decided to keep them all white sailed for easy differentiation, and use the main sail as a flag identifier. They could definitely use another coat on the sails, and I haven't yet made any tiny fleur-de-lise for the French ships, but I don't anticipate that being much of a problem to complete when I have a night free. These flaws are not really noticeable during the game so I am not too concerned.
The Pirates were comparably easier, thanks to quick coverage of black sails. The skull and crossbones was nothing special to recreate, as freehand on a black surface is very easy compared to over a gradient color.
Here are some shots of the game in action!
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