Sunday, February 17, 2019

'Water Feature' from TamsinP: Lady Sarah

Way back in AHPC7, I posted this motley bunch, the crew of the Lady Sarah:


The Lady Sarah is a somewhat scruffy, very rusty, disreputable old tramp

...freighter. Clearly, besides the name, she bears no resemblance whatsoever to the Snowlord's better half.

As several people had commented back then that they wanted to see the Lady Sarah, I had no choice but to fulfill their wishes and when the "water feature" bonus round was announced, well, I just had to do it.

Some more pics:

The name plates were printed out onto white card, cut out and fixed in place with superglue. They then got a spray coat of gloss varnish, followed by a light airbrushing of matt varnish and finally a light mist of Army Painter Soft Tone wash.

The cargo ship is a 28mm MDF kit from TT Combat. It is modular, so can be extended to make the ship as long as you want. Lady Sarah has one extension; here's a pic of the base kit:

And the ship broken down into parts:

I also painted up some deck equipment from Pulp Figures:

The pack included two lifebelts which have been glued to the bridge section.

I've had good fun over a couple of days painting and weathering this ship. After doing the rust effects and stippling some gunmetal all over, everything was given a mist coat of Soft Tone through the airbrush, then some "spills" were added using Strong tone and Dark Tone washes.

For scoring, I don't know whether this should be treated as a very large 28mm vehicle or as terrain. In either case, the dimensions are:
Superstructure - 6 x 6 x 5.5 inches = 198 cubic inches
Deck section - 6 x 23.5 x 1.5 inches = 211.5 cubic inches
Total - 409.5 cubic inches = 1.9 terrain cubes.

Plus the deck equipment.


  1. Curt - as if I'm not going to be in enough trouble, I see you've tagged this for Sarah's Choice! :o
    I'll be hiding in my secret bunker...

  2. It looks very lived in. Nice work, the deck equipment is a nice touch.

  3. Love the rustiness - great watery weathering.

  4. Fastest hunk of junk in the ocean.

  5. A very fine "lady of the Sea". Nicely done!

  6. Tamsin - the model is excellent. Some wonderful detail and weathering. However, the possible analogies you've set up here don't bear thinking about!

  7. Lovely old rust bucket! A great looking tramp!
    Best Iain

  8. The song “ The Lady is a Tramp” is now stuck in my head 💃
    This old tramp streamer certainly looks as though she’s been around the world a few times and has some great tales of mis-Adventures.
    If Miles can regale us of heroic deeds in deepest darkest jungles, maybe you could also start your memoirs ......

  9. That's an awesome job Tamsin, having painted it myself I know it's a big job and yours is gorgeous, I have to get me some of those deck accessories as well they are a nice addition.

  10. @ Stuart L - thanks! :)

    @ Scooba - cheers! I suspect that the captain and crew spend far too much time painting and playing with toy soldiers to keep the Lady Sarah properly maintained ;)

    @ Barks - "She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid" :)

    @ Jez - cheers! :)

    @ Miles - thanks! :)

    @ Noel - cheers! I was fully aware of those as I wrote them... ;)

    @ Iain - thanks! :)

    @ Christopher - cheers! :)

    @ The Real Lady Sarah - thanks! Sorry for the earworm! :)
    I may well write up her misadventures at some point :)

    @ Sander - cheers! Pulp Figures also have deck guns in their Savage Seas range :)

  11. Another excellent submission - now where did they say that giant gorilla lived...?😉

    1. Thanks! :)

      I believe it was Skull Island (assuming you mean Kong)

  12. Haha! This is a brilliant entry - thanks for this Tamsin. What a wonderful piece of kit and the Pulp Adventures deck bit are just perfect for it. Bravo!

    1. Thanks! I thought you'd like finally seeing her appear :)

  13. Great work Tamsin, very very impressive!"

  14. Great work, but you’re a brave lady. Love the deck details.