Fast forward to the completed airship (wip pics were lost in a hard drive crash.) A lot of time went into rigging, turnbuckles, and paint. The shields line rails, and the crew is in place.
I used these cheap paint brushes to make the masts for the sails. They are mounted on either side of the hull, and are designed to swivel to allow for water landings. The masts are detailed with brass rings along the length of the mast.
Bonus, a whole mess of shields to paint.
I used this wire frame basket as the base for my balloon. It would be a lot quicker than building one from scratch. I added the foam ends to complete the balloon, and added quite a few brass rings to attach the rigging to.
Finally I sacrificed a pillowcase to skin the rigid.
To beef up the design some, I built a cabin on the aft deck of the ship. This was based on a viking style longhouse. This gives the crew somewhere to go in a storm, or to cook, eat, or rest. I also added a stove pipe made from a capri sun straw and a bead.
I’m gonna revisit my Dwarven Airship a bit over the next week.
I started with a Revell 1:50th scale Viking ship. The scale seemed pretty right on for the size of your standard miniatures. The sides of the ship were a bit high for dwarves though, so I added a step up along the rails and at the bow.
Nautical beads and mega mini bits rounded out the basic ship detailing.
Stormy skies have blown the sails right off of the Drake!
(It’s pretty windy, and the model got blown about a bit.)
Still building the gatehouse. I’m working on filling out the archway, I’ve got to design the interior facade.
I also found this floating around the workshop, It’s a cardboard hull for a Dwarven dropship. Bringing space aged tactics to medieval fantasy.