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Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Apr 2018 11:04 a.m. PST

This year's convention was held over the past weekend, 5th through 7th of April. After running a couple little frigate actions in the morning, in the afternoon I presented a re-creation of the Battle of the Virginia Capes featuring 50 1:900 scale cardstock model warships.


The action was fought out by six players, each taking a squadron of 7 to 9 ships, using my rules "Admirals". We played out 13 turns in a little under four hours, ending with a very different result than that of the historical battle. You can see the photos here;


And, if you're interested, a photo tour of most of the other games at the convention is here:


Enjoy, and thanks for taking a look,


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2018 11:18 a.m. PST

Very nice!

I take it that the Revolutionary Cause had a bad day!

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Apr 2018 11:23 a.m. PST

Well, with five ships of line hauling down their colors and only about a half hour of daylight left, De Grasse chose the better part of valor and slipped away in the darkness, leaving the British in control of Chesapeake Bay . . . a tactical victory for Graves. This didn't necessarily mean that Yorktown wouldn't eventually yield, but it did mean that it was going to take a bit longer.

Ceterman09 Apr 2018 11:28 a.m. PST

NICE!!! Thanks for posting! Who makes the ships? They are really nice. Did you do all that rigging?!

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Apr 2018 11:35 a.m. PST

Who makes the ships?

Those are my own, Ceterman:


Did you do all that rigging?!

Of course. There's about 60 pieces of rigging on each model (x50 ships is about 3000 pieces of rigging for those two fleets). They take about a half hour each.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2018 12:39 p.m. PST

great game.

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2018 2:25 p.m. PST

Htruly magnificent.
All games on the pics are too. Perhaps the thing should be called 18th Century rather than 7yw;)

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Apr 2018 2:33 p.m. PST

Perhaps the thing should be called 18th Century rather than 7yw;)

Well, it's still the Seven Years War Association, even if the members' interests extend to both ends of the "long" eighteenth century. They're willing to be a little flexible with the subjects of games, but they're quite aware of the negative consequences of losing focus.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2018 7:57 p.m. PST

Wonderful. Thanks for posting.

DeRuyter10 Apr 2018 11:12 a.m. PST

Looks great! Like the use of the floor tiles as a sea mat. Did you get them in that color or did you paint them?

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Apr 2018 11:32 a.m. PST

Did you get them in that color or did you paint them?

They're painted. There's a tutorial here:

PDF link

Stew art Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2018 3:44 p.m. PST

Great looking pictures! Glad you had a good time.

Fitzovich11 Apr 2018 4:18 a.m. PST

Looks great! I'll be using your 1/300 scale at Little Wars in a couple of weeks.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Apr 2018 4:47 a.m. PST

Fantastic! Very well done!

Sgt Slag19 Apr 2018 2:11 p.m. PST

About the interlocking foam mats:

1) What type -- Harbor Freight, or other?

2) What type of paint did you use -- latex house paint/emulsion; acrylic; or other?

3) Application techniques -- wet, natural sponge; brush; etc.?

4) Did you seal the paint? It looks rather glossy. Wondering what, and how well it works, long-term, connecting/peeling the mats apart.

I have had great success using acrylic, crafting paints, with a wet sponge applicator, wet-blending the colors. When I made some ice fields on non-HF foam mats, the latex won't stick, it peels very easily…

Ships look fantastic! So do the foam mats. Been toying with making a seascape using HF foam mats. After the latex debacle (on non-HF mats), I want to use acrylic paints, in the hopes that this will alleviate the peeling problems. Cheers!

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Apr 2018 10:47 a.m. PST

Sgt. Slag: Your peeling problem was more likely the mats than the paint. See the tutorial linked above.

Sgt Slag22 Apr 2018 5:51 p.m. PST

I agree. I suspected the non-HF mats, which came pre-painted with a woodgrain pattern, had peeling Latex due to the existing paint not allowing the Latex to bond properly.

Your results are fantastic. Would love to make ocean/water tiles. Need to make certain I will use them enough, before I invest in more foam tiles, though. I have created brownish tiles for rocky caverns, and gray tiles, for dungeon floors; I set modular terrain atop the mats, forming the pathways needed. Thought about making green for grassy fields, but I've already got patternless indoor/outdoor carpet for that, which works well, and it will last a couple of lifetimes…

I think I will put the pre-painted mats out in the trash, as they will continue to peel until there is no Latex paint left on them -- makes a terrible mess. The HF mats are fantastic to work with, and affordable: with a coupon, I can get four sections for $8. USD Can't argue with that, really.

Thank you for the tutorial, and your input! Cheers!

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