Thanks all! Now to business...
They started off dark gray then back to the drawing board when I found written descriptions (2 of them) indicating green color
. A very dark green, probably closer to a black-green. I tend to "scale" colors which lighten them up a lot, they feel more right to my eye than full intensity 1 to 1 color matching.
Note: My color tastes stem from my physical scale modeling background combined with restoring preserved 1800's railroading equipment, combined with 1800's period paint research and paint recreation (from raw materials...don't do it at home, a royal pain). BTW: a LOT of the 1800's paint for railroad equipment was perfect for maritime use.
I do the black line thing specifically to piss you off Sir!
Actually...I agree with you on the black lines. On all my work I try to use them until the damned things start getting in my way and play havock with structures and proportions.
A problem I run into with a lot of the ships I draw is that they tend toward small ships with a LOT of structures that are less than 3" (7.6cm) thick. I think that was about the dimension of a pixel. This impacts masts, yards, small boat davits, even platforms.
The USN torpedo boats version 1 started off properly outlined. They were barely identifyable uber-green and black blobs. So, I toned down some of the black, omitted some of it so mast tops weren't 23cm in diameter (should be about 7-8cm).
So, I bend drawing rules with care knowing I'll get called on it and that the guys who know the rules also know I know the rules.
Say that really fast, especially if English is not your primary language! Record it and post it on shipbucket!
If anyone has access to drawings for the missing hulls, I'll buy you a beer (or soda if under age, or living in a land that bars booze).
There's some Yarrows and Thornycrofts I want to see. The Germans and French did some cool boats too!