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Lonely Gamer01 Feb 2019 2:10 p.m. PST

I have just finished off some of my ACW Ironclads, I thought they were going to be easy, see what you think.


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2019 2:29 p.m. PST

I would not have bothered basing them at all. They will never match the color of your rivers.

Tiger7301 Feb 2019 3:02 p.m. PST

Very nice!!!

Blackhorse MP01 Feb 2019 3:29 p.m. PST

The bases look good. I think they give a good representation of river water. Ships look good, too.

I don't base my 1/600 ships because I've given them "the dip" along with multiple coats of Dullcote, so I'm not too worried about them being handled. The other main reason though is that the playing surface, regardless of type(from what I've seen), rarely matches the good looking bases and all that nice base work is diminished. Unless you are displaying them in display case that is.

But the bottom line, I guess, is would I use them in a game? Absolutely. Happily so. thumbs up

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2019 6:19 p.m. PST

The bases do look good. I had the same problem. Part of my inspiration for ACW riverine naval game from flying from Florida to Utah, and watching the navigable rivers pass under me. They were a shiny brown, with a little green. I never could get that to work on the bases: it looked like the ship was stuck on a sandbar. So I, too, went with a bluish base.


HMS Exeter Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse01 Feb 2019 7:59 p.m. PST

The best rendering of river water I ever saw was at a Valley Forge Historicon. It was a 600 scale Fort Jackson and St Phillip. As it was a night fight, most of the lights in the room were out. Mist of the light came in from the hallway. THE GM had spread a light brown cloth down, then on top laid a sheet of marblized plexiglass like what they use in shower doors. The ground scenics went on top of that. The light that spilled in refracted from the marblized plexi and looked just like reflected moonlight.

The ships were unbased.

Personal logo gamertom Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2019 11:48 p.m. PST

You say you 3 D printed them. What scale are they?

dmebust Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2019 5:47 a.m. PST

I like them. Very nicely done. Bases look great. Thanks for sharing!

Lonely Gamer02 Feb 2019 2:37 p.m. PST

Thanks for all the comments guys, glad you like them.

I did think about not basing them but I just liked the ones I have seen on other peoples blogs and I thought they looked better than the ones without bases… but I guess it is down to what you like and you want for your miniatures.

@gamertom the 3D printed ships are as close to my Peter Pig ships 1/600th as I could get, the only real difference is the amount of detail and of course the weight.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2019 4:18 p.m. PST

Nice work!

Rev Zoom05 Feb 2019 8:24 a.m. PST

I use clear acrylic bases made by Litko. That way I can use the ships on any blue/green/brown ocean/bay/river and they look fine. Gorilla Glue attaches them (can also use white glue) and they are ready to battle.

Rusty Balls24 Oct 2019 4:52 p.m. PST

Rev Zoom – I assume you had to custom order each base to accommodate the correct dimensions of the ships? On average how much does a base from litho cost.

Rev Zoom24 Oct 2019 11:41 p.m. PST

If I recall, about 50 cents.

Rusty Balls25 Oct 2019 4:24 a.m. PST

Thank you! That is much more economical than I was expecting.

Rev Zoom25 Oct 2019 7:35 a.m. PST

If you go up on their base maker page, you can set the sizes and thickness and material and then price them before purchasing or not. I've switched over to the clear bases for all my ships cause then I can use them on any type of water mat and they do not look out of place. I attach them with Gorilla glue. And the urge is irresistible to make wakes, you can do that either with the Gorilla glue or with white glue (Elmer's works fine).

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