I've more or less completed the first of 2 "Roman" ships for my Autumn display game (Thapsus). This is the smaller of the two vessels, and is intended to be a small trade ship of the kind that might be found around the fringes of the Mediterranean sea, that might be pressed into use for transporting troops.
This is lightly converted from the 1/100 Zvezda "Nina" kit. Luckily, the Romans had lateen sails, so I was able to use the very nice one provided with the kit. I cut away some renaissance features, and added steering oars. I've given her some basic rigging, sufficient to pass muster on a wargaes model, I hope.
I don't have a crew yet, so a couple of figures Andres painted for me are standing in, to give an idea about size. This pic shows the railings and stern-post I made for the stern, and the steering oars. I will later add a bow-wave and a wake.
Next time I will go with a lighter coloured wood for my vessel, but all-in all I'm cautiously pleased with my first venture into things naval, and Roman...
I'm now looking for a suitable name for her; probably should be female, and likely of mythological origin; any contributions gratefully accepted!