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Grelber01 Jul 2024 5:22 p.m. PST

Does anybody out there make Mycenaean ships in 28 mm? I think Redoubt used to, but they are sometimes difficult to deal with.

As an alternative, has anybody done a "How to build a Mycenaean ship" article or video?


HMS Exeter01 Jul 2024 9:15 p.m. PST

A whole lot of years ago I wanted to do a 15mm Trojan War Mycenean penteconter. This was back in the day when you could occasionally get old Minifig foam hulls and Old Gliry resin, neither of which were really suitable.

Casting about, I came across a plank and frame modeling company in the Czech Republic called Dusek. They had a penteconter model that required a high degree of skill and was quite expensive. It was considerably larger scale than 15mm.

I reached out to them and explained my predicament, and they were kind enough to email me a set of plans which included plan plates of all of the laser etched parts sheets.

It was a challenge, but I rescaled the drawings, estimated the waterline and made a waterline base plate. Then it was all about getting the frame shapes right and building 2 rows of posts to support the center walk.

Then I had to plank the sides, following the frame shapes.

I imagine they'd be OK sending you plan sheets. It couldn't hurt to ask….


HMS Exeter01 Jul 2024 9:17 p.m. PST

In the same vein.


HMS Exeter01 Jul 2024 9:19 p.m. PST
Swampking02 Jul 2024 5:49 a.m. PST

I can't remember what blog it was on but there was a guy who came up with his own 'Black' ships using paper for a Trojan War demo game he was running.

If you search on TMP, you might find it. I'm in the States and don't have my 'Trojan War' folder with me but his technique was pretty simple.

Also, Der Panzerkampfwagen kitbashed a Sea People's ship for one of the British wargaming magazines (Wargames Illustrated) last year (if memory serves) – I'm guessing you could adapt that model to suit your needs.

When I get some time, I'll start searching and see if I can find the link to the issue.

Swampking02 Jul 2024 6:00 a.m. PST

It was in the December, 2022 issue of Miniature Wargames (I was close!), pages 58 and 59. He basically used plastic card and other materials. For a wargaming ship – I think it hits the mark.

Hope this helps!

Grelber04 Jul 2024 8:18 a.m. PST

Many thanks for the ideas!


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