I tried painting one of my Napoleonic ships today and to accurately describe what it looks like will no doubt offend a lot of readers.
It was so bad that I would proudly game with unpainted figures rather than show a single person what the mess I made of the ship looks like.
I didn't quite have the right hull colour that is recommended for painting these ships, so I might be tempted to give it another go if I can find said suggested paint, but until then these figures will remain unpainted.
If I thought I could ship the figures safely to a figure painter I would do so, but the 1:2400 scale is a bit fragile for popping in the post.
I will still play games of Trafalgar with the minis, but it might be a long time before they are painted :-(