Don't you just wish the researchers hadn't done their job that day and left them gilded LOL. Seriously the painting is fantastic you must have a very steady hand and great eyesight, well done.Hello Fellow Modelers,
One of the interesting aspects of this Vasa build is the ample opportunity for artistic expression in the area of painting (painting ridiculously small metal bits that is). Before the research completed at the Vasa museum about ten years ago it was universally accepted that the many wooden carvings on the ship were gilded and models were naturally presented that way. In recent years some (many?) have attempted to replicate what we now know to be true: the carvings on the Vasa were multichromatic. This introduces a new challenge to the modeler...and to THIS modeler in particular. Not only am I new to model ship building - but I am new to painting miniatures of any kind. The learning curve is a steep one in both regards.
Here, with humility, I present two postings that show what I have been working on in recent weeks (along with my rope making experiments).
First of all I'll show two parts that form the most forward decoration and the most aft decoration on the ship: the lion at the front and the lions (and crest) at the back:
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As you can see I have chosen to flatten the gold. As far as I can tell from my research these parts were not gilded - so I have chosen to present them as painted in a gold color.
Next up are a series of Roman soldiers that will appear on the underside of the lower of the paired galleries.
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The last image only shows one of a pair - I simply took the photo wrong.
In the next posting the art exhibit will continue (I learned I can only include a limited number of photos in a single post...).