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Cacique Caribe26 Aug 2010 5:54 a.m. PST

I would love to make something like this, but for gaming:


Unfortunately, these are the only "tutorials" I've found for making a miniature tree house:

TMP link

What I would REALLY love to know is how to incorporate more salvaged Pirate shipwreck material into the building of the structure . . . to give it a more Pirate feel.


Do you guys have any other suggestions? Know of any actual tutorials?


P.S. Why a tree house?
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Cacique Caribe26 Aug 2010 6:16 a.m. PST

This is nice, but a little too much:



richarDISNEY26 Aug 2010 6:56 a.m. PST

Funny you mention it…
I got a 'bee in my bonnet' and was going to convert my Mega-Bloks pirate ship into a tree house using an old Star Wars toy of the ewok village…

Oh the funny things I think of when drinking vodka tonics all night. laugh

RavenscraftCybernetics26 Aug 2010 6:57 a.m. PST

P.S. Why a tree house?

Because zombies cant climb!

Sloppypainter26 Aug 2010 7:54 a.m. PST

Have the wrecked ship slightly off the ground with the tree trunks passing up through the hull and standing where the masts would normally be. How'd it get there….who knows, but it'd be cool.

Cacique Caribe26 Aug 2010 8:27 a.m. PST


I knew that, sooner or later, someone would suggest doing that:



Personal logo vonLoudon Supporting Member of TMP26 Aug 2010 9:10 a.m. PST

One ship, wrecked.
One tree with branches.
Couple of pirate figures on ship.
1 peg leg Pirate who can't climb at base of tree. Automatic casualty.
Assemble. You're done.

Andrew Walters26 Aug 2010 9:18 a.m. PST

This is going on my idea list.

But it will have to wait until I finish Skull Island, a 2x3' gaming board…


Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP26 Aug 2010 9:19 a.m. PST

Check out "Troy". They had some great structures using ship wreckage including the Horse.

Cacique Caribe26 Aug 2010 9:28 a.m. PST

For my 18mm Blue Moon Pirates, I might get my hands on a Heller Nina or Pinta (1/75) and take it apart:


I guess that rigging could become rope ladders or for the sides on platforms, and canvas sails as tents, right?

How about three platforms? The front one triangular, to simulate an actual ship? Perhaps three separate sections, resembling this (but with rope bridges between them?):



Pyrate Captain26 Aug 2010 10:01 a.m. PST

This takes me back to the attraction at D-land before it became politically correct.

I love the concept and have given it consideration, but came to the conclusion that pirates were too short-lived and conditions changed to readily to consider building an establishment of longevity, unless it was handed to them on a platter like New Providence, and Morgan's Port Royal.

About the only exception to this came a hundred years after the golden age, when Lafitte built semi-permanent bases to support his smuggling and slave-trade operations on Grand Terre and Galveston. In both locations he was forced out by the U.S. Navy.

Here is one of those fantail house concepts though.


But in reality I think that image is best left to electronic games and Las Vegas. Still I like the concept, pirate gaming being another from of fantasy gaming.

Cacique Caribe26 Aug 2010 10:11 a.m. PST

Ah. I do seem to remember that Lafitte's "house" in Barataria looked ship-like in the Yul Brynner film "The Buccaneer":

YouTube link


bjporter26 Aug 2010 12:51 p.m. PST

Lemax Treehouse.

Lemax Pinewood Perch

Lemax Steven's Hideout

Lemax Spookytown Pirate Hideout

Patrice26 Aug 2010 1:40 p.m. PST

If you are looking for something that would be actually possible and not too much fantasy… Then your pirate would probably do the same as these people in Papua :




Borathan26 Aug 2010 2:57 p.m. PST

Two suggestions for source ideas.

The first is the house in Disney's Tarzan, especially the version that shows up in Kingdom Hearts. It has a lot of pieces that could easily be used for a pirate ship.

The other is to look around the Cuba swamps section of Pirates Online

Pyrate Captain26 Aug 2010 6:44 p.m. PST

I love LEMAX stuff. The Pirate hideout is definitely 54mm scale. The others look like they might work.

Cacique Caribe08 Sep 2011 11:13 p.m. PST


Cute, isn't it?








Looks like there's lots you can scavenge off a ship.

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Cacique Caribe08 Sep 2011 11:56 p.m. PST

This would work as a starting point, right?



Early morning writer09 Sep 2011 11:08 p.m. PST

Dude, stop goofing around with all the posts and build the d*mned think! You've got all the information you need. Now get your b*tt busy, pronto!

Pyrate Captain14 Sep 2011 7:49 p.m. PST

Sooner or later this had to happen.

Early morning writer15 Sep 2011 11:19 p.m. PST

Well, Dan, you've had days and days since you got your marching orders but we don't yet see a photo of your finished project for us to admire here. What's with the slacking off? Come on, get busier! : )

Cacique Caribe26 Sep 2011 2:39 a.m. PST

Sorry. Doctor says wait 3 more weeks before I can start kneading Sculpey and twisting wire like this:


As many of you here already know, my left arm has been basically worthless for over a year now (almost two). Hopefully the recent surgery did the job. We'll find out soon enough. I'm really itching to "get busy".


Early morning writer26 Sep 2011 9:44 a.m. PST

Arr, so only having one useful arm is your excuse?! Likely story. Would that stop a pirate!? Okay, okay, I'll cut you a modicum of slack over this point.

Hope your healing goes even better than hoped for. : )

Cacique Caribe26 Sep 2011 11:30 a.m. PST

He says everything looks right on schedule.

The good thing is that I had the same thing done on the right in 2009 and that arm is doing very, very well. Yes, my elbow tendons are a little shorter than nature intended but, hey, I have hardware in them bones now! :)

* I've been buying all sorts of material, for all kinds of projects, so I can't wait for the chance to actually handle a saw, screwdriver and what-have-you, and make my plans take shape for real.

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