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Orion's Roman sailors will do the oarsmen job. Regarding the dress code, there's no big difference between half-naked Romans and 16th century slaves...
OK, very convincing. BTW: the Orion oarsmen really don't look like pulling any oar. More like resting and briefly relaxing, before the captain want's more speed to ebjoy water-ski again...
Yes, this looks promising. Quite a number of working sailors, too. Hopefully, we will see more of those included in the English sailors sets.
Turkish Sailors are interesting, but, does anyone know where to buy an affordable lateen rigged ship? Actually, I want it for later periods.
To my knowledge, the only tolerably suitable lateen rigged plastic model would be the 1/80 Imai Chebec. It has been out of production for decades but sometimes you can find it on eBay. That's how it looks like: