Monday, December 21, 2015

Ship build #1



When Dan was here in Stockholm we visited the Vasa Museum and I got so inspired that I just had to find my stored away toy ship I got some years ago and start to fix it up for some 17th century gaming. 

My plan are to make a Swedish trading ship that was user for the trade and transports to Swedish colonies in Africa and America.

The model is a toy ship from a Pirate of caribbean range that I got on a sale for maybe £10, don´t know what ship type it can be but for me, that are not in to sailing and ships, it looks a bit like a full-rigged pinnace. 


Removed the bottom part so i got a good waterline.

There was masts and sails included by they was in soft plastic and didn´t work to paint even with a PVA glue layer in the bottom so I made me new masts and will not have any sails open as when unisg the ship it will be in support of land action or just to display as background.



As said I was inspired by the Vasa visit so I thought I just had to have aggresive skulptures on the inside of the gun-ports to frighten the enemies... Vasa have lion heads and I was luckey to find some old GW lion shields in my bitbox, thay was perfect :)



17 comments:

  1. Very cool Michael! Looking forward to the finished ship.

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  2. That looks awesome Michael! I think I need one of those.

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  3. Two blogs you can find helpful about this ship. Both written by from an guy named Allan Tiddmarch:

    http://tidders-kingdomofwittenberg.blogspot.se/

    and

    http://adventures-in-the-indies.blogspot.se/

    Both are 1700s-centric wargaming blogs. Sure, there are 8 years worth of blog-post, so you have to look trough them to find the ships. (He converts loads of toy ships like yours.) All his other blogs might be useful as well, as he has put up loads of useful toys-to-terrain modifications and home-made terrain on his other blogs.

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  4. Awesome! I've loved the Vasa ever since I first saw it as a little boy. Good idea with those lion fixtures. Maybe some really ornate gilded decorations and a blazon on the stern also?

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  5. Looks brilliant and what a great idea too to use a 'toy' (is there such a thing in wargaming?)

    Darrell.

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  6. Its way to big to be a pinnace! Looking forward to the conversion.

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  7. great stuff bet the price on ebay just went up !

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  8. Very cool! That thing is huge! :-)

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  9. Nice project. The Wasa Museum is awesome, lots of isnpiration there.

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  10. Ah, now I know why you wanted to borrow some smaller boats..

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