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JAFD2605 Dec 2017 3:24 p.m. PST

Salutations, gentlefolk !

Want to lay out and print the sails for a squadron of 7YW-American Revolution-Napoleonic era ships. Trying to find the software that can do what I want, and figure out how to get it to do that.

If you've used computers to design and create stuf, for printing out and gaming with, please let us know what software you employed, tips tricks and cautions, etc.

Thanks very much!

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Dec 2017 11:21 p.m. PST

I assume you mean:

1) Draw the shape of each sail on each particular ship.
2) Then fill in each sail with seams and details.
3) Color the sail with stains and so on.
4) Print, cut out and mount to the ship?

I would just cut the shapes out of card stock and hand paint/dye/stain them. Far easier.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Dec 2017 3:21 a.m. PST

I use CorelDraw for paper buildings, counters and flags but I'd agree with Extra Crispy, this is easier to do manually.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Dec 2017 4:58 a.m. PST

I've always used AutoCAD for my PaperTerrain products, but that is far too costly a program for casual users. I only have it because I use it in my day job (architect).

Weddier06 Dec 2017 9:30 p.m. PST

Perhaps it isn't necessary to re-invent the wheel. Several scales are represented here.

JAFD2606 Dec 2017 11:12 p.m. PST

Salutations again, gentlefolk !

OK,what I'm doing here is putting together a squadron of the WarArtisan ships, printed with size shrunk to 1/1200, for Close Action games. Wire masts and yards for durability.

Have tried drawing the sails freehand. Wasn't working, concluded I needed to try alternative method, do design once, resize as needed, print many copies on light-tan paper…

thoughts and advice still welcome. Thanks, very much

Russ Lockwood09 Jan 2018 1:12 p.m. PST

A little late, but the thought occurred to me that instead of drawing from scratch, how about scanning/copying sails from paintings, resize, and then printing on a color printer?

devsdoc09 Jan 2018 4:27 p.m. PST

Don.t the sails come with the WarArtisan models you have bought?
Be safe

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Jan 2018 6:21 p.m. PST

Don.t the sails come with the WarArtisan models

Yes, they do.

dantheman Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2018 5:50 a.m. PST


I make the War Artizan Anglo Dutch ships and use the sails in the kit. I think they look great. Better than anything freehand. You should just use the ones in your kit.You should get the same results.

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