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.
A few more minis to fill the village.
A Fenryll farm hand as a street vendor, selling giant tomatoes.
Also, a Reaper water bearer from their Zodiac series, and another towsfolk with a broom. The Reaper townsfolk are a joy to paint, lots of character, without being too fiddly.
Drawing the blocks on with pencil, then tracing with a knife.
Opening up the cuts with a pencil, then pushing in blocks randomly.