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Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Apr 2018 10:22 p.m. PST

My ships are ready for the Battle of the Virginia Capes event at this year's Seven Years War Convention! 43 ships of the line, 6 frigates and a fireship . . . I just love a spectacle, don't you?

The British Fleet:


The French Fleet:


All together:


By Wednesday, everything will be packed up and ready to go, and then it's off to my favorite Con. There will, of course, be plenty of pictures when I get back. For those of you fortunate enough to be able to attend . . . see you at the Con!


Winston Smith01 Apr 2018 10:43 p.m. PST

Looking good.

Texas Jack02 Apr 2018 1:54 a.m. PST

Splendid job Jeff! What scale did you print them up in?

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Apr 2018 2:18 a.m. PST

These are 1:900. I'm going to need a big table.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2018 3:59 a.m. PST

Very nice.

Texas Jack02 Apr 2018 4:27 a.m. PST

These are 1:900. I'm going to need a big table.

Damn straight! But it should be a grand spectacle!

I do mine in 1/600 (it reduces the fiddly factor for my less than talented hands), but I've never had 50 ships on the table of course. huh?

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2018 8:27 a.m. PST

Wow, what a spectacle!

I didn't realize that there were still that many British and French ships still using a lateen rig on their mizzen masts.


whitejamest02 Apr 2018 9:03 a.m. PST

Yowzas, now those are fleets! Spectacular indeed. I look forward to seeing the photos of the action.

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Apr 2018 9:08 a.m. PST

I didn't realize that there were still that many British and French ships still using a lateen rig on their mizzen masts.

Some had switched to the gaff-rigged mizzen by that time, mostly smaller vessels, but the changeover wasn't complete yet. Contemporary painters and engravers almost invariably depicted the ships in the New World in 1781 as having lateen-rigged mizzens, so I have, too.

Spanner02 Apr 2018 12:16 p.m. PST

Stunning, should be a great looking game.

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2018 6:42 a.m. PST

Wow! Impressive.

I'm not big on naval battles but I downloaded the sample ship from your website. I'll give it a whirl. Thanks.

dantheman Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2018 7:25 a.m. PST

Lateen rig was prevalent in this era. However, they were starting to realize that lateen rig was difficult to handle with. As a result the lateen yard was often rigged with a half sail looking a lot like a spanker, especially in battle where station keeping was important. You notice this a lot in contemporary prints of the time.

Kevin in Albuquerque Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2018 10:39 a.m. PST

Really, really, really nice. Ans second the motion for battle picts!

civildisobedience03 Apr 2018 3:36 p.m. PST

Incredible. Well done!

billthecat03 Apr 2018 5:47 p.m. PST

WOW, very nice. I hope you have lots of cotton wool for smoke…

Stew art Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2018 7:31 p.m. PST

Well done! The effort looks to have really paid off!
Good job!

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Apr 2018 4:14 p.m. PST

All packed up and ready to go, leaving in the morning so I can be there for the traditional Thursday-evening-before-the-con social hour. Any TMPers in attendance should feel free to stop by and say hello so I can put names to faces. I'll be running games all day Friday on Table 7, right in front of the wall of book vendors (oh-oh . . . that's going to be dangerous! Hopefully the games will keep me sufficiently occupied that I don't blow my entire budget on the first day.)
(OK, who am I kidding? That was going to happen anyway.)

corzin05 Apr 2018 3:55 a.m. PST

so how do you pack themup?

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Apr 2018 4:12 a.m. PST

Fabulous! What rules do you use?

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Apr 2018 4:56 a.m. PST

so how do you pack themup?

I put them in a box.

No, seriously; that's all. People tend to think that paper ships must be very fragile, but these are engineered to be quite robust. I occasionally demonstrate this to doubters at a game by tossing one across the table or dropping one on the floor. They're not really heavy enough to damage each other if they jostle together in the box. They've traveled thousands of miles to various conventions and have only rarely needed minor repair . . . after their last trip I needed to reattach just two pieces of loose rigging, which took about a minute.

What rules do you use?

"Admirals", which you can find here (near the bottom of the page):

Gotta go now. See you at the con!

noigrim05 Apr 2018 12:58 p.m. PST

Very nice, the rigging is specially well done

Fitzovich07 Apr 2018 11:37 a.m. PST

They look great! I hope that the convention was enjoyable.

Ferreo Cuore31 May 2018 7:02 p.m. PST

I still don't understand how those are paper ships!!!

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP31 May 2018 10:03 p.m. PST

Go to this page, Alessandro:


Download the free sample ship and look over the parts sheets and instructions, and all will be made clear.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP01 Jun 2018 6:55 a.m. PST

Ahoy! Great looking ships.

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