NOTE: This model was originally being produced for Hearts of Oak, and is now going to be used in New Horizons Remastered when complete. I think it's about time to unveil the details of my latest modelling endeavour, which once again is even more ambitious than the last. (I like a challenge ) Spoiler: Click to see a photo of a wooden model built circa 1770 HMS Bellona was launched in 1760, and so fits perfectly into the proposed timespan of the first Hearts of Oak release, as well as the more refined Seven Years' War period for the first storyline. The existing model we have, though, resembles the ship as she looked during the Napoleonic era, so some changes need to be made to modify the ship to look more like she was when launched. The goal is for the model to eventually look much like this model at the National Maritime Museum (but without the coppered hull): Bellona (1760); Warship; Third rate; 74 guns - National Maritime Museum I started modifying the existing model, made by Pgargon, a couple of weeks ago. However, I soon realised that there were a significant amount of changes required, for reasons of both the accuracy and quality we want for this game. So, after quite some consideration, I decided it would actually be easier to rebuild the model from scratch. "Are you mad?", I hear some of you ask. Fear not, I have plenty of resources available to ensure the scratch-built model is finished to a very high standard, including large scans from the book Anatomy of the Ship: Bellona. Plus, in the time since I completed the Rossiya, I have picked up some more efficient modelling techniques, thanks to some of Autodesk's Maya tutorials on YouTube, and Helldiver's fantastic hull modelling tutorial. Anyway, enough talking; here are some WIP screenshots of the model so far (if you don't mind seeing half a ship): Spoiler: Wireframe images showing the edge flows Spoiler: More images A close-up of the headrails (more detail will be added later): A close-up of, er, not much yet (the makings of the stern and quarter galleries): All of my screenshots of the project are in this SkyDrive folder, which will be updated as I go along: https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=F6B0C45B54136716&id=F6B0C45B54136716!336 I'm aiming to make this ship to an even higher standard than the Rossiya, without going into astronomical poly counts, and I hope that is somewhat evident in the above screenshots. Watch this space for updates! (And please do let me know if you notice any inaccuracies.) UPDATE 1st August 2017: The ship now looks like this: You can skip ahead to the latest update here: http://www.piratesahoy.net/threads/hms-bellona-1760-version.20073/page-6#post-557917 Alternatively, the complete build log from the very start is available below. Amazingly, the link to my photos folder above still works, too.