MINI WARGAMING: "28mm Pirate Ship Coming Together" (26 December 2007)
One of the projects I have been enjoying the most lately has been a 28mm pirate ship.
I was browsing E-bay one day and found it for considerably under a C-spot ($100.00 USD) and decided to lowball the bid and miraculously I WON! So, the next thing I know, the pirate ship arrives and my work bench is covered in the undead, which effectively meant that the pirate ship project was forced to wait.
TOP: A dark PIRATE SHIP appears out of the foggy night!
So then a work colleague and friend, Cheri, calls me and, knowing I speak Spanish, asks me to tutor her daughter, Keri, in Spanish language studies so I came and started working with her. After a tutoring lesson one day, Keri chats me up a bit and asks how I liked the most recent "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie. I mentioned that I enjoyed it and was even building a pirate ship model. This intrigued them and Cheri offered to lend me her corner table so I could build it with them... so I did. The next thing I know I started assembling a pirate ship at my friend's apartment with a teenage assistant who wanted to learn the craft. I started learning the parts of the ship, teaching my assistant nautical terminology, and, at the same time, teaching hobby skills.
And it's slowly coming together...
TOP: Shaping the fore castle railing took some work...
The ship itself is an out-of-production 28mm model from Merrimack Miniatures / Old Glory called the adventure galley. I have slowly been cleaning it up and customizing it. I plan to use it with the excellent Pirates! rule set from my friends at Flagship Games, so I've built the masts to be removable. The masts are made from 3/8" dowels that fit snugly into 7/16" hollow plastic tubing.
TOP: The ship is coming together as seen from the side.
Both the fore and aft castles are removable...
With cabins accessible underneath them.
TOP: From this angle, you can see...
The cabin under the fore castle...
Has a custom bulkhead installed.
I haven't decided what sort of crew to populate her from yet... I have three in mind:
1. A traditional, historical human pirate crew.2. A demi-human, mostly Orc pirate crew.3. A skeleton & zombie undead pirate crew.
Here are some 28mm pirate links for you:
Flagship Games link:
Old Glory Miniatures link:
Pirate Wargames Yahoo discussion E-group:
The rest of my 28mm pirate ship photos at my Photobucket image gallery:
Have a root'in toot'in great Wednesday!
And happy holidays!
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