The Treasure Ship
Galleons were large, multi-decked sailing ships first used by the Spanish as armed cargo carriers and later adopted by other European states from the 16th to 18th centuries during the age of sail and were the principal fleet units drafted for use as warships until the Anglo-Dutch Wars of the mid-1600s. Galleons generally carried three or more masts with a lateen fore-and-aft rig on the rear masts, were carvel built with a prominent squared off raised stern, and used square-rigged sail plans on their fore-mast and main-masts.
Such ships were the mainstay of maritime commerce into the early 19th century, and were often drafted into use as auxiliary naval war vessels—indeed, were the mainstay of contending fleets through most of the 150 years of the Age of Exploration—before the Anglo-Dutch wars brought purpose-built ship-rigged warships that thereafter dominated war at sea during the remainder of the age of sail.
The Firelock Games Galleon is a truly massive model and will certainly turn a few heads when put onto the table. Ideal for larger games or multiplayer games where the objective is to capture the treasure ship.
I painted mine up with the idea of using it to represent a Spanish Treasure Ship. I followed the same principles I used with my other ships and rigged it in the same way. Of course being a much bigger ship there was a lot more rigging to do.
I will do the flags for this ship at the same time as I do the flags for all my existing ships.
Pictures here show my Galleon with French crew as I still have yet to purchase and paint any Spanish figures.
A few more shots with some other ships for scale.
and finally a few more crew and characters that I've finished.