mandag den 26. december 2011
Some nice pages to view small-scale ancient ship models are
Bob Lord's collection scale ? (small)
SteelonSandBlog has views and discussion of 1/3600 Outpost models
WABcorner Blog Valiant 1/900 and Langton 1/1200
Eric Hotz has produced Roman Seas in 1/300 but now appears to be answering demand from figure wargamers and is scaling them up to 15mm/10mm also.
To wargame a battle in the real age of galley warfare requires the fielding of circa 100 models.
Those 100 should be more than blobs and at the same time the table-top should be less than a football field.
Salamis involved circa 1200 ships in an area about 4km square.
This requires the following 'tables-tops':
1/300 : 13metres 1/900 : 4.4metres 1/1200 : 3.3metres 1/3600 : 1.1metres
1/3600 is obviously the best solution for those of us who don't live in a castle or have unfeasibly long arms. They are about 15p each. BUT the ships and overall aesthetic is more that of a map game. They are so small that they would even perhaps have to be based as groups?
1/300 is OUT except for skirmish games. HOWEVER I like the larger ships with easily visible detail and their cheepnis.
If 1/300 are reduced to 66% this gives 1/400 scale models with Salamis requiring a 10 metre table....apparently I can't have everything. Reduced Hotz ships cost me half an hour, ink, glue and card. Let's say 25p each.
1/1200 is also a good solution BUT 100 ships means circa 400 quid in outlay, painting and weight.
A funny thing is that I have not found any gamers on the net who have done some battles with c.100 ships ? Is everyone effectively doing skirmish wargaming ? even with small models ?
søndag den 25. december 2011
søndag den 18. december 2011
An unexpected bonus is that the models stand alone and no base is needed. The oar-banks just need bending down a bit. I painted the undersides with pva glue and sprayed the models with matt varnish. The finished thing is quite strong and does not need such care in storage as do full-size models on bases.
Deck crew at this scale could be a problem but the 6mm card figures I made for full size models actually look quite ok. (phew)
fredag den 16. december 2011
- Construction was not too onerous using shortcuts.
- Finished models still look far more 'lively' than lead
- Cost is very low : pence versus several quid for lead
- Construction time
- Do the shortcuts detract from the models?
- Deck troops..hmmm.. v.small. 6mm still look ok on 75% scale-down.
To simplify the fiddly bits I
- Left the outrigger off
- Cut the stem-post straight instead of curved
- Cut base-tabs and oar-tabs off
- Did not add extra ram-thickening
- No interior walls - coloured them black
I used superglue, scissors and a modelling knife.
It was not too bad. Took about half an hour for each model.
It was necessary to secure the deck to the main hull with glue so that unsightly 'wobble' was avoided.
The final models. Viewed here with a full-size 1/300 Hotz trireme and a lead one which, I think, is a Navwar 1/1200(theoretically) trireme.
Adobe Acrobat only allows limited scaling. Trial and error with the page options failed.
Searched possible options and found, at last, free download of FoxitReader HERE.
FoxitReader has a %scaling option , just set 'Scaling type' to 'Custom' and Robert is your mother's brother.
Having measured the print it is a little variable - just use a constant value to ensure all prints are compatible!
Also, switch centering off - then you can send the card into the printer the other way round and get two prints on the same A4 sheet. (now 4 would be even better ?)Now there is just the question of cutting and assembling................................(but I will stick with card models ..I am hoping).
fredag den 9. december 2011
More support for using units of ships for a game rather than playing each model individually.
At Mylae the Carthaginians seem to send a wave of 30 ships ahead of the rest - according to Polybius (1.23)
At Drepana (Pol. 1.50) the Carthaginian commander assembles and coordinates a flank attack with 5 ships in line. Only attacking when they were ready and presented a united front.
At Ecnomus the Roman fleet forms up in 4 squadrons which altogether make a formation. (Pol.1.26)
At Arginusæ the Athenians deploy in what appear to be units of 15 ships (Xen. Hist.Græ.1.6.29..)
Their Spartan opponents deploy in squadrons of 10-15 line-astern.
There are other references but this is enough to make the point that the ancient sea battle was not a free-for -all of single ships before organisation broke down.
The other point is that order and coordination was important so that formations could be maintained and ships could cooperate to cover each other and threaten the enemy.
Nuff said: a set of rules requiring ships to operate in units is not unhistorical.