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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

H.M.S. Titan Uranus

The HMS Titan Uranus, the dominant power of the British Crown in the new world is commanded by Rear Admiral Philip McCavity. A grand vessel to say the least, filled with the finniest British seamen in the Caribbean has done her best to bring taxable goods safely to port. This fifty-two gun, fourth rate ship of the line to most navies, has dominated the sea-lanes east of Hispaniola and makes birth at Port Manteau a prominent English stronghold in the West Indies.
Nothing makes a scalawag clinch up like the sound of a bow cannon shot across his Poop deck and the cry of "TITAN URANUS OFF OUR STERN!" quoted a beaming midshipman of the Royal navy.

Small Craft advisory.

Nothing quite says British Naval Superiority like the prowl carving of a preening cherub clutching the Ensign of St. George's Cross.


  1. Very impressive piece! It really is a beauty.

    The model is the Old Glory 'Pirate Hunter', right? I haven't seen photos of one before (except those on the Old Glory site but these are FAR better). I will include a link to this post in my ship reference. Aarrgh! :)

  2. Thank you. Yes she is the Old Glory Pirate hunter. I'm working on the Frigate and East Indiaman but they will take some time to finish.

  3. What a victory - she looks great and what a name!


  4. Simply awesome man, working on couple pirate ship conversions myself...I don't imagine they'll best this. my friend Tim http://cursedtreasures.blogspot.com/
    is currently working on the same model.
    for the Legend of High Seas event I am running
    at Adepticon this year (and Tim is the author of the book) It great to find another fellow Pirate out here in cyberspace

    You've got to tell me how you do your sails?
    they look great and I am constant struggling to come up with something I like for mine.

    Once again, this ship is awesome, kudos.

    added you to my blog roll too!

  5. Sails Quick run-down:
    The sails are made of .005 thickness evergreen polystyrene. The same stuff that model railroaders and scratch builders use. I size them to fit the masts and use various sizes of thin strips of the same material for seams. Sand the sails with fine grain sand paper to get texture. To get the curve of the sails I glue thin flat brass strips to the backs of the sails on each side. To lash the sails to the yard arms I use a tiny whole punch I found in the "Scrap Booking" section of a local craft store and wax string from the jewelry section. After assembling but before attaching them to the yard arm paint the sails.
    Painting the sails is a matter of spray painting it an off-white then washing it with antiquing medium and cheap craft paint. The medium allows you to re-wet the wash the sail to get the stained cloth effect you want. I'm considering making a tutorial on crafting the sails.

  6. Simple yet brilliant, I love it...I've been messing around with various cloths and it just never looks right...what's spec on the brass strips you use? I guess anything roughly .005 that will hold the bend would work?
    definitely trying this myself
    again fantastic work!!

  7. Brilliant work yielding a magnificent man-o-war (how could you, English-speakers, talk of a man-o-war and call it 'she'?).

    English is not my 1st tongue, and I'm specially deficient in *spoken* English, to I missed the pun in your blog title until my attention was drawn by comments to your first post on TMP - then I laughed to tears on line!
    Keep the excellent work, both in modelling and in writing!

    Btw I hope that when it come to crews they will include some 'Pirettes' (other trailer): there is a wide choice in 25-30mm

  8. Abdul666lw,
    I think it is tradition for English speakers to refer to any unstable platform as "She". 8)

    However I believe your English is far better than my French. Speaking of which I could really use some help naming a French Frigate, are there puns in French that would have some meaning in English also?

  9. Hi Christophe,
    re your mail (to which I replied in detail): 'Duel en Tendre' seems the best among compromises.

  10. Love the vessel - did you know she has a modern nameske?