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Dave Knight21 Sep 2016 11:35 a.m. PST

Described as a balloon moved by sails and oars

Can anybody point me towards a suitable model for my 15mm army?

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP21 Sep 2016 12:03 p.m. PST



79thPA Supporting Member of TMP21 Sep 2016 12:07 p.m. PST

Good Lord.

It can look like anything you want it to look like.
Spartan Games had Sky Pirate vessels in their Uncharted Seas line that would work. Battle Valor Games makes a neat Dwarf Balloon as well as an airship.

willthepiper21 Sep 2016 12:18 p.m. PST

Wargames Illustrated #334 (Aug 2015) had an article on building one for 28mm (IIRC).

Andrew Walters22 Sep 2016 9:31 a.m. PST

Described where?

And what scale HotT?

I bet you're going to have to build it.

I'd start with a spherical balloon, more period. A ping pong ball or a sphere you buy at the craft store. You'll want to drape it with glue-soaked cotton thread in arrangements inspired by period balloon drawings. Easy peavey..

The basket/gondola could be balsa sanded into ship-shape, yardstick details. Masts go out to the sides and get paper sails. The sails could hang from one mast with the lower ends roped to the stern, or you could have spars above and below triangular sails, Da Vinci style.

Andrew Walters22 Sep 2016 10:32 a.m. PST

Another possible design is two spherical balloons over a ship hull. I've seen that a few places, though I can't find it now.

paul liddle22 Sep 2016 11:22 a.m. PST

This article has a contemporary cartoon of the airboats. Scoll down a bit on the right hand side.


Dave Knight24 Sep 2016 3:54 a.m. PST

I think I will just use a boat model and forget the balloon

It is, after all, kept aloft by magical forces

Dave Knight24 Sep 2016 3:54 a.m. PST

But thanks for the ideas anyway

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