Been a bit tied up with work and family. Managed to get all of the Shadow Cruisers built. Planning to base the White Stars this weekend.
Next up I thought I would try my hand at painting some of the triremes. My research turned up that the hulls of the Athenian triremes and the quinqueremes were probably made with fir. The Phoenician triremes and the heptares likely with cedar.
I visited my local woodworking store to get samples of each type of wood. They didn't have any fir, but being the knowledgeable folks they are, they did have a book with pictures of different types of wood. The cedar looked like pine, only darker and more red. The fir looked lighter and less red than the cedar, but still darker than a pine. I figure I can make a wash using a light brown and a bit of red for the cedar and water it down further to make the fir color. This is of course on top of the tan I sprayed on the primed ships.