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War Monkey17 Sep 2015 8:10 a.m. PST

Okay so taking the idea from the show "the Last Ship" has anyone tried this as a scenario for gaming against zombies.

You would have to send teams ashore for food, fresh water, ammo, fuel and other things alike.

You would have to find other survivors to replenish those on the ship that are lost.

One could also try to secure a small harbor or port as well to expand the living space for all the survivors that they have found that there is just not enough room on the ship for.

SBminisguy17 Sep 2015 8:13 a.m. PST

Here ya go -- a whole series on this from John Ringo in which sea-borne survivors fight hordes of Zeds. Here's book one:


War Monkey17 Sep 2015 8:18 a.m. PST

THANKS! I'll have to read those! thumbs up

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2015 9:33 a.m. PST

Highly recommended!!

Zamboni17 Sep 2015 12:01 p.m. PST

I had stumbled across this picture of a zombie-diesel riverboat train. (There's a reddit thread about it somewhere, too.)


Gaz004517 Sep 2015 12:21 p.m. PST

Barges available from Mad Mecha Guy………tugboat from Front line……intriguing………zombie derv!

Edit-I might just use my Lego tramp steamer and some boats for 'landing party' scenarios………..maybe a seaplane too!

Redroom17 Sep 2015 3:24 p.m. PST

This thread and responses made my day – thanks all!

capncarp17 Sep 2015 5:28 p.m. PST

The thread title sounds like a new take on "The Ballad of the Green Berets".

War Monkey17 Sep 2015 7:50 p.m. PST

I'm currently working making barges for different Post Apocalyptic game, I'm calling this project "Barge Town" I can use them for gaming as a civilian refuge from all the zombies roaming the country side.

I would love to build a destroyer in the 15mm range BUT it would end up being about 5 feet long! Which would be rather cool but just way to big so I would have to make something much smaller just for the visual effect.

I could use smaller boats and launches for landing parties, and one would have just believe their from the destroyer.

The fun thing is it give me a reason to build a wharf or docks with all the buildings to go with them. grin

snurl117 Sep 2015 9:24 p.m. PST

"The thread title sounds like a new take on "The Ballad of the Green Berets"."

Fighting zombies from a ship
Learn to fight, shoot from the hip.
We'll survive, we're highly trained;
If we slip up, they'll eat our brains.

War Monkey18 Sep 2015 7:04 a.m. PST

Oh that was way to funny! thumbs up

Okay so I'm thinking of using Peter Pigs "Professionals" from his Modern Africa "AK47" range, as shore parties, I'll just have to paint them up in Navy colors.

Modern look is what I'm trying for already looking for figures in the 15mm range.

War Monkey18 Sep 2015 7:28 a.m. PST

If I were to build such a ship, it would be some what on the line of this.


Seems by the angles that it could be an easier build with out too many details and would have lots of deck space for fighting.

Plus it would give you good reasons as to having smaller boats and Helicopters!

War Monkey18 Sep 2015 8:36 a.m. PST

Or one could go with this ship instead.


This could again give one good reasons for having Marines, landing crafts, and wheeled military vehicles.

BigDan Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2015 11:32 a.m. PST

Warmonkey, if you knew how much fuel the LCSs go through in a day you might change your mind. That is why I live on one of these:


180,000 barrels of fuel and we make our own water!

War Monkey18 Sep 2015 12:46 p.m. PST

Thanks for giving my crew it's first TARGET!! evil grin

"Join my Fleet or become a Zed!"

BigDan Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2015 2:18 p.m. PST

You mean partners ;)

Im sure a LCS or even an Amphib could sink us but good luck boarding us.

cwlinsj18 Sep 2015 4:15 p.m. PST

Container ships.

Big, high sides (fight zombies & boarders) plus lots of room. You can scavenge the contents, then use the containers for living quartaers or as farming & cattle pods. With enough plastic sheeting, you can even use containers to distill potable water.

Need a land base? Build a fort with extra containers.

War Monkey18 Sep 2015 7:41 p.m. PST

Sure BigDan partners wink

Well I figure that if there was some sort of event there would be lots of ship out at sea that would be for most part unaffected.

If one had or were on such a ship you would might think that they would be in a better position to set up a place of refuge for others in a port or harbor and have the firepower to keep it and having a fuel supply ship on their side would better their odds.

Shipping containers would be greatly useful for building container walls in addition for housing and storage. At first I wouldn't even have gates we would use ladders, and if I were to use gates it would most likely be a three gate system.

War Monkey28 Jun 2016 3:15 p.m. PST

Just an update, I'm currently working on a cargo container ship. It's just a hair over 46 inches long.

Figured I should try my hand at this before taking on something like a warship.

Gaz004529 Jun 2016 11:25 a.m. PST

There's a 28mm MDF cargo ship available that I'm thinking of getting for the hull and 're-scaling' the superstructure to 20mm……….
They do hull extensions too……..


War Monkey29 Jun 2016 7:01 p.m. PST

Oh that's too funny, that's the same model that gave me the idea of doing a cargo ship for 15mm.

Plus this helped with some ideas as well look at force on force posting

Gaz004529 Jun 2016 9:51 p.m. PST

I've seen that too…….!
The hull shape is the hardest (for me) thing to replicate, I have used several Lego hulls as a basis for a Navy vessel, cargo ship and a barge/lighter……the little Lego boats make a good basis for launches etc too…….

Private Matter30 Jun 2016 3:19 a.m. PST

+1 snurl1

War Monkey30 Jun 2016 8:00 p.m. PST

I'm building it using 1 inch pink foam board, it will be glued in layers and then skinned with card board from cereal boxes.

I hope to have some pictures posted soon of the build.

Balthazar Marduk30 Jun 2016 9:33 p.m. PST

Google Deltaport… It's a man made island connected to the lower mainland of British Columbia by a causeway.

Next to Deltaport is the Westshore coal terminal.

I work there and I've had time to think about this. You can easily enough barricade the causeway with empty containers in the first few days, securing against entry.

You can use the coal from Westshore as fuel and a trading item with any other survivors. Any ships that remained berthed at the terminal could be used as fallback positions.

You can go around the causeway by boat and navigate anywhere that you need to go in the area.

The dock gantries are the highest points in the region and allow you to see anything that's coming from a long way off with plenty of time to react.

Very large amounts of grains are containerized and shipped through the port which can be used to feed you and your buddies.

Lots of ways out for humans with boats, not many ways in for Zekes. Humans are trouble, but can be dealt with.

Lots of nearby farms that can be reactivated… Good crabbing under the dock, mussels everywhere, pilot whales and so on.

Lots of vehicles on site, quite a bit of fuel in the form of diesel and propane.

A random assortment of possibly useful stuff in the thousands of containers… Which can be converted to housing.

Fully stocked first aid room and ambulance.


Emergency generators.

It's pretty good. Might be a bit too good… Other people might want it… Which is why it would be a good idea to liberate some boats from the nearby marina. Maybe get the tugboat guys to steal some house boats from Ladner… So as an escape could be made if you were ever to be forced to leave.

Gaz004530 Jun 2016 10:09 p.m. PST

We have a 17th century castle overlooking the village………..that's my redoubt!

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART01 Jul 2016 3:14 a.m. PST

Sailboats anyone?

tsofian03 Jul 2016 11:56 a.m. PST

This will work for 20mm This will work for 20mm link

Part time gamer03 Sep 2016 8:59 p.m. PST

One of the biggest concerns, "what caused the Z' epidemic in the first place? How wide spread it would be?
Was it a Bio or Chemical attack that got out of hand? i.e. Infecting everyone and not just "the enemy"?

IF so, a very real chance that there will no doubt be a number of military vessels that will be 'doomed'. These will be of little concern once all aboard are dead or infected.
The real problem; months go by, supplies will run low, no doubt there will alwasys be that one "Captain Axx" out there that decides to "go Pirate" and that He and his crew must / will survive by any and all means.

So stumbling on a civiilan oragnized "barge town" would be a treasure ship to such a crew.

I loved the info and diagram of the survivors "River Train". The Zed sludge fuel production some what grim, but realistic.

The container ship would be one of.. the best most defensable ships out there I would say. As mentioned, the high 'wall-like' hull making someone climbing up the side almost if not virtually impossible.

War Monkey04 Sep 2016 6:38 a.m. PST

Well if you were able to find a small marina able to handle a cargo ship a few house boats and a destroyer, with a few warehouses and a alike around it.

One could roll up some M109's ie 8" guns setting up big gun positions, one could defend it from other ships, much like they did defending the Panama Canal using 8" and 16" gun positions at each end of the canal during WW ll.

Amalric06 Sep 2016 12:28 p.m. PST

War Monkey, how did I ever miss this thread?

If you haven't read the John Ringo series mentioned above, got get it NOW! It is an excellent series about a similar idea. The series is where the characters Seawolf USN & Shewolf USMC come from that I painted up. My library has them, so check yours and try them at no risk.

I cant wait to see your games.

Best of luck to you in the zombie apoc at sea!

War Monkey06 Sep 2016 7:42 p.m. PST

Thanks, the plan is, three separate campaigns, survivors trying to get out of the city, a military unit holding together after the fall of the city, and a Navy unit at sea trying to get to port to safe their families. At some point all will come together just don't know who all will make it.

I have all the figures civilians and military and vehicles both military and civilians, I have the room and the table I need to work on buildings and the ships and paint the figures, okay basically I have all the materials I just have to put it all together.

Your AARs from your games keep me going. I will be using ATZ rules and riverine rules from Twilight 2000 "Pirates of the Vistula" to which I already have.

P.S. I just finished head swapping six figures that will be State troopers and now working on Sheriff Deputies just to add some flavor the the game.

War Monkey08 Sep 2016 7:13 p.m. PST

So here's an update my six State Troopers



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