Monday, March 3, 2014

Viking/Saxon Longship - Decision Time

Well I have mostly finished the longship. Now, instead of Vikings, this will be ferrying my Early Saxons across to the Saxon Shore for my Dux Britanniarum games..

Peter Pig supplies several different sail options from their website. There are three separate PDFs each with 4 separate sail plans on them. I wanted to go with the more "traditional" red and white striped sails but my printer ran out of ink half way through the page. This set was the better of the two that I did manage to print off. I printed the sails onto card stock and used tacky glue (a thick PVA) to glue the sail together and on the mast.

Here is a side view of the ship.

And a closeup of the steersman for the ship.

All in all, I really like it and I think it came out well. The scoring of the deck and strakes of the hull are rather shallow and did not show the ink wash very well. The shields came out OK. The raven shield came out a little better than I thought it would.

Now for participation time from our studio audience. Should I add rigging to the ship? I am not going to put any other miniatures on this one. With the bases I use, I would have to use something else to even try that. Here is a picture of a rigging diagram that I found at: http://postfiles9.naver.net/data44/2009/3/11/104/rigging1a_sdh2652.jpg?type=w1.

Should I try it or just leave well enough alone?

19 comments:

  1. Looking good! I'd just skip the rigging. It will only get destroyed during gaming anyways. Display minis would be a different matter

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    1. I am leaning towards not putting on the rigging. Thanks

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  2. Following the link I get "Referral Denied

    You don't have permission to access "http://postfiles9.naver.net/data44/2009/3/11/104/rigging1a_sdh2652.jpg?" on this server.
    Reference #24.c65a0317.1393919042.225531a3" so I don't know what you are aiming for, but my gut reaction is leave the rigging off. If it is made to look anything even close to scale it will be far to fragile for use on the table.

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    1. Oops. I copied the picture and instead of linking to it, put it directly here.

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  3. Great job, go on put the rigging on!

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    1. Looks like it is 2:2 so a split decision so far. Thanks.

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  4. Very nice ship. I would put part of the rig, specially, if you are not going to put figures in it.

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  5. I wouldn't go crazy, but a couple bits o' string might look nice...

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