Monday, March 2, 2015

São Martinho (1580)

Here is the Portuguese galleon São Martinho 1580. She became the San Martin when taken into Spanish service in 1580. In 1588 San Martin was the flagship of Don Alonso Pérez de Guzmán y de Zúñiga-Sotomayor, 7th Duke of Medina Sidonia, commander-in-chief of the Spanish Armada. She had a length of 180 feet and a beam of 40 feet. San Martin carried 48 heavy guns and many smaller weapons.

San Martin dueled with Sir Francis Drake in Revenge at Gravelines. Both ships have been beautifully modeled by Zvezda in 1/350 scale for their game Armada Invincible. Master Modeler, Julián Fernández de Sevilla Campos of ModelJShip has built and customized San Martin to go along with Revenge (see earlier post). Julián has done a magnificent job following the illustration of San Martin by Joseph Wheatley in his book "Historic Sail". The flags and banners were all hand made, along with the tiny swivel guns that line the rails. The lower mainsail carries the heraldic device of the Dukes of Medina Sidonia.

The excellent photographs are all the work of Julián. 


  1. Wow! Amazing ship - love the waving flags and billowing sales. The water effect is also superb. 1/350th - hmm, would that be close to 6mm? Nice

  2. She's a real beauty! Same question different angle- how long in mm's is the hull/ over all ship size please?


  3. Yes about 6mm scale. Notice the tiny handmade swivel guns!

    The keel of Revenge at the waterline is 100mm.

    1. Yes! Now that you mentioned it, I went back and saw them :)! Do they make appropriate figures to man the deck?

  4. Zvezda does not (yet). However Julián feels that the figures made by Langton Miniatures for their 1:300 scale ships (NNL23: Jolly Boat), though Napoleonic, depict generic crew in slops reasonably well. I'd like to take the 28mm Elizabethan series made by Foundry and have some clever designer for Shapeways shrink them digitally and cast them in a high quality plastic in 1/350 scale! Meanwhile, the Langton figures are available. I may get a few small boats to add to Zvezda's limited selection of 1580's galleons (just 3 so far).