This little diversion has come to a close (almost, I might just put it on a base). I added flocking and made some trees before finishing the paintwork and now I have some eye-candy for the backdrop of my naval games.
the vegetation was just Americana Honey Brown acrylic paint
with Woodland Scenics fine green turf sprinkled onto while it was still wet
I have never seen any micro-scale trees that I like so I just make my own;
Liquid Nails, round toothpicks and Clump Foliage torn into tiny bits are all you need
Torn. Into. Tiny. Bits.
stick the toothpick into the glue,
get a good thick coat of glue on about 3/4 inch of it
roll it around in the tiny bits of clump foliage,
you will probably have to stick some on with your fingers too
then spray with watered down wood glue or cheap hairspray
I went back and forth between the Spanish style stucco-covered fort
or the more Continental style brickwork with ashlars
in the end the ashlars and brick won out
but, about halfway through painting them, I was reconsidering the idea
a quick look to make sure everything is falling into place before I added the trees
and there she is; the vacation destination of your dreams
1/350 Zvezda model of the Golden Hind sailing past
I cheated and drew the doors and windows on the inside of the fortress with a marker
the island belongs to Freedonia in my imaginations Thirty Years War campaign,
the king keeps his political prisoners in the old castle
It turned out to be a lot of extra work for an accidental piece of eye-candy but I think I like it. I might just build a couple of generic ports for further amusement.