These were painted by David Sheppard in the UK. This guy can paint it all, and my dwarves don't even compare.
The idea for this came about in a indirect and sort of insane way. I had been contemplating the idea of wargaming the Elizabethan period for a while when a friend gave me a couple of Osprey books I did not yet own.
The books were Elizabethan Sea Dogs (Elite 70) and Pirates 1660-1730 (Elite 67) which really got the brain into a fever. So I started putting together a couple of resin ship kits from Flagship Games http://www.flagshipgames.com/catalog-pirates.htm and next thing I know the Dwarven Sea Dog plot has been launched!
More to follow