This is truly becoming an "epic" build indeed.
Hi Sean and thanks for that.
I think I may have been being a little precious over this build. How much grain so you think you would see on a piece of ships planking from 72 feet away? FA you say? Well I agree... I don't know what I was thinking with all the rubbish I was going on with. Paint it black to bring out the highlight, paint a nice deck colour over it (Deck Tan by Tamiya should do) then hit it with some clear to give it some depth and voila! Wooden deck.
Over and out