Well, it has been a long time, as I have not had much inclination for the wetter side of miniatures. But, a slice of inspiration has arrived - I volunteered and was accepted to the playtest crew of Galleys & Galleons, being produced for Ganesha Games by Nic aka Mr Hotspur.
As this is intended to be a miniatures game, I would need a fleet or two:
And, here are some volunteers! I have had these squadrons for some 14 years or so - the price is in CAD$, back when the exchange rate was quite favorable to us Yanks.
The plan is to paint these ships up, and get some gaming in. I have half a thought to break these squadrons up and mix them into something a bit different. Instead of Spanish and English, I was thinking maybe Dutch and Portuguese, and split the ships across the fleets of the two nations. These miniatures will have to do for now, as the harsh reality of budget limitations for naval activities has closed in - no funds for new acquisitions, just upkeep of existing ships.
Getting these squadrons has spurred some more enthusiasm about older projects, namely those neglected ironclads; might need to drag them out as well. And the WW1 ships, but I am not liking the way I have based them...