Friday, June 22, 2018

1/300 Scale Napoleonic Naval?

Why would anyone do 1/300 scale Napoleonic naval?  Why, because it is big and awesome looking!  Frankly, I've tried to do the 1/1200 ships ... I really have ... to small and dinky for my liking!

PICTURE CREDIT:  Adam Clark (http://adam-clark.com)

Adam Clark made his way out to join me and the group at KublaCon.  There he planted an idea - to do the Battle of Trafalgar --- in 1/300 scale!  That idea has festered into a full blown project.

Roy and myself essentially have ordered all the ships at this point (they arrive Monday).  We are using the hulls from Old Glory and 3D printed sail sets (so we don't have to use the metal sets that come with the ships - makes things far easier and actually much more durable).  We are using deck guns for the top decks from Langton Miniatures.

Roy has all the British ships and I have all the French/Spanish ships.  In total we'll be fielding about 70 ships all together (every ship present > frigates and larger).

I've also developed my own fast-play set of naval rules that are promising.  Need to play test them a bit at the moment but mostly solid I think.  I'm using my 1/1200 ships from Sails of Glory at the moment to test those rules.

I'll be using the Volleyfire LED lights from Warlord Games --- turning them sideways, spraying white ... they are just the perfect length to use for LED broadsides!  I think the LED flickering tea lights will do well for fires onboard ships as well ... this looks promising!

Adam of course already has some ships with him over in Sweden.  He shared the pictures below with me ... all 1/300th scale ... using the 3D printed mast/sail sets.










More to come on this front.

28 comments:

  1. Heeeey, I LIKE my 1/1200 Napoleonic naval ships.... :)
    (if interested, please see my blog https://tllw.blogspot.com/search/label/AoS).

    on the other hand, this is exactly the kind of gloriously mad project i've come to expect from you and the gang! Trafalgar in that scale would top the chart in epic-ness.

    though i do admit, the 1/1200 ships are a little on the dinky side.
    good luck!

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    1. Lol, thanks Stew ... will check out your post :-)

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  2. OMG- you know this is the same scale I'm doing my Anglo Dutch Wars "Flats" ships, right? Really looking forward to what you are doing.
    Cheers
    Ths

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    1. I knew this would peak your interest :-) I think you have to come over for some play testing ;-)

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  3. You're absolutely mad, you know that, right!!?? How big is the garage again lol or are we building an addition on casa de White?

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    1. Lol ... too right you are! Very curious about the table size on this one ... think8ng 6' by 16' ... but not sure ... really don't want another game with people crawling across the table ... but hey ... anything for the game! :-)

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    2. One of the many reasons I love the Anglo Dutch Wars is that you can do smaller battles, ergo a smaller-ish table. but yeah, 6 or 8 x 10-12 is what I am aiming for. The Lepanto map is 6x10

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    3. I know it is going to look spectacular when you get it all done and out ... looking forward to it! :-)

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  4. MADNESS ...will watch with interest

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    1. Thanks!! Great to see you are getting some regular gaming in :-)

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  5. Great idea, insane Idea but great Idea!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Phil ... lots of work to do! :-)

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  7. Really looking forward to this set up and game! Let's play test soooon!

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    1. Yes sir, just about done painting my first Spanish ship :-)

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  8. Hey Jay, this project sounds incredible! Any chance us blog readers will get a sneak peek of your rules? I have never collected naval minis (does Man o War count?) but I have always been interested.

    This blog post and, combined with being halfway through the Aubrey/Maturin (Master and Commander) series is incredibly inspiring!

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    1. Thanks!! Oh yes, I will post up the rules ... likely in the next few days ... just need to do a few more edits. :-)

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  9. Trafalgar at 1/300th--wow!
    LED broadsides, brilliant. Looking forward to a photo of that!

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  10. Total & utter madness - how big a table are you going to need?

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    1. Right now it will have to be 6 x 16 with a 4 x 6 stickinh out in the middle like a T :-)

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  11. Oh my word Jay, I think you have just blown the bench mark right out of the water. You have certainly got everyone's interest and if you can pull this off, you will be in big demand at the conventions.

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    1. Thanks Pat! It is going to be a fun project. Looking forward to your new book :-)

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