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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2006 12:55 a.m. PST

These are the guys that will eventually crew the ship:
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I seem to remember a tutorial of sorts on how to build a Japanese or Chinese ships of the period.

Any ideas? Thanks.


Pentaro Inactive Member16 Nov 2006 2:23 a.m. PST

I'm afraid I don't know how wako ships were, but the Major General has this beautiful junk:


The japanese ships I've seen don't look at all like this, but I think many pirates settled in China and Korea so maybe this suits you.

Ironmammoth Inactive Member16 Nov 2006 2:39 a.m. PST

Scheltrum miniatures do a Wako Pirate ship:-

ECB13 Waku Pirate Ship
Ocean going junk with fighting deck with defensive screens and fighting castle. 340mm long £37.50 GBP

No photo on the website, but it might be worth emailing them!


Lowtardog16 Nov 2006 3:27 a.m. PST

I would have thought all manner of variations on junks would be good. Villaige green I believe also produce such sea going vessels

Eclectic Wave Inactive Member16 Nov 2006 9:06 a.m. PST

Wargames Ruins used to have a wonderful pirate junk resin kit. I went to buy the kit only to find that the company closed it's doors the week before… gumble grumble grumble.

I believe that Combine Arms ??? bought the molds, said they would have the kits for sale again within a year and hasn't done anything with them for 5 years. Sigh

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2006 9:20 a.m. PST

I have never really made a ship before.

Would it be hard to make one, you think, using the basic ideas from this other site? Any suggestions?



Personal logo elsyrsyn Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2006 12:08 p.m. PST

If you want to scratch build (a lot cheaper but a boatload (hehe) of work), you might try the Village Green paper model first – use it as a model of your model to figure out what goes where and how to convert the design to either styrene or wood. You might also try googling for some wooden ship building web sites – there are probably enough people still building ships from scratch that there will be some tutorial stuff available.

Let me know when you get good at it and start expanding into Korean turtle ships – those are very cool.


Camcleod16 Nov 2006 12:29 p.m. PST

Not too hard to build out of thin card.
I've built several small vessels out of cardboard – base in the waterline shape, deck above plus side pieces – masts, etc. out of dowelling – add detail.
Remember to trial fit before final cuts and make a pattern for all the pieces so you can duplicate the shapes.
Also, make the size of the decks to suit the figure bases.


Glengarry Inactive Member16 Nov 2006 10:53 p.m. PST

Foamcore… light, sturdy and hard wearing. I'ts thick so you'd have to do the railings and such in thin card but foamcore makes a good base.

arturo rex Inactive Member05 Jan 2007 3:46 p.m. PST

Nice project. And foamcore is easy to work.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2007 7:01 a.m. PST

Possible Wokou figures on the way:

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP14 Jul 2007 1:51 a.m. PST

Osprey due out soon:

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP16 Feb 2008 9:44 p.m. PST

Beautiful figures from Kingsford.

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2008 3:46 p.m. PST

About additional figures:

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2008 5:44 p.m. PST

I would love to build a waterline version of this one:



Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2008 2:29 a.m. PST

This is a better picture:



Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2008 9:33 p.m. PST

For the crew, I might get some of the bandit packs listed here:



Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2008 10:56 p.m. PST

As mentioned above:

Scheltrum miniatures

Also, Village Green

and I think Peter Pig does a Sampan

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2008 2:56 p.m. PST


Excellent suggestions. If/when I give up going scratchbuilt, I will need those links.



Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2008 6:32 p.m. PST

Wow. Look at this:



Rabelais28 May 2017 9:58 a.m. PST


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