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Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Nov 2017 11:29 p.m. PST

I finally got around to putting these into a form that someone besides myself could use.


These are the same models I was using to playtest the final version of "Admirals", but modified for the Napoleonic era. Eighteenth century and Anglo-Dutch versions to follow.

Check out the new page on the website, if you like:



Legends In Time Skip Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Nov 2017 6:07 a.m. PST

Very nice!

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2017 7:20 a.m. PST

these ships are awesome..Jeff took one and threw it at ,me.Indestructable ..perfect for Gamers..You can't believe they are Paper.and no painting involved.Just a a good crew and Fair wind..

Allen5713 Nov 2017 7:29 a.m. PST

Approximately how long? Can the images be resized?

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Nov 2017 7:55 a.m. PST

Approximately how long?

The length of the hulls varies from about 25 to 30mm. With the bases and bowsprits, of course, they're a little longer.

Can the images be resized?

Of course. The files are in pdf format. Simply print them at a different percentage, with the following caveats: if you make them larger the parts won't fit on the page. Printing them much larger will push the limits of the source file's resolution, resulting in pixellated images. And, naturally, the smaller you make them, the harder they are to build.

M C MonkeyDew13 Nov 2017 10:44 a.m. PST

These look great!

Yellow Admiral14 Nov 2017 6:25 a.m. PST

Jeff took one and threw it at ,me. Indestructable
I'm pretty sure that's an unhistorical tactic. Can you cite any sources that mention Age of Sail admirals throwing men-o-war at each other?

- Ix

Yellow Admiral14 Nov 2017 10:29 a.m. PST

You aren't the lazy type to *buy* 2.5D markers from Litko… are you going to make any? I can see 2.5D clouds of gun smoke, fires with evil black clouds streaming skyward, fallen tangles rigging, floating rafts of detritus, swarms of boats… the imagination runs wild with the possibilities.

- Ix

Yellow Admiral14 Nov 2017 10:33 a.m. PST

If you ever gain an interest in naval warfare of the Renaissance Mediterranean, this 2.5D technique would be one of the most reasonable ways to depict big galley battles from the Byzantine era all the way to the War of Cyprus. A lot of those battles had swarms of ships, and this is probably the only way to ever get a battle as big as Lepanto on the table at a reasonable cost. With crewed oar benches, no less!

- Ix

devsdoc Inactive Member16 Nov 2017 10:35 a.m. PST

I love them. As I have a large number of 3D ships, I will not be buying any. But for a starting up fleet or to put on a very large game they are world beaters.I love the modeling and rigging part of our hobby, but know some do not think as me! These ships are a way for gamers to get into our hobby without the large out-lay of time and money.
Thanks Jeff!
Be safe

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Nov 2017 10:03 p.m. PST

That was the idea, Rory. The entry bar to large tabletop games is pretty high, generally, but getting into large Age of Sail games is even more daunting.

By the way, I've added a set of models in mid-eighteenth century style for those who would like to do the many often overlooked naval actions of the War of the Austrian Succession, the Seven Years War, the American War of Independence and the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War.


17th Century Anglo-Dutch ships will be next.

devsdoc Inactive Member27 Nov 2017 3:49 p.m. PST

Nice one Jeff.
Be safe

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