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Terrain Night – Ship Board Update

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Quick update on this, but much progress is being made on the ship.  All of the planking is complete and work is being done on the Iron sides.  A combination of tag board and push pins offer up a cobbled together steel hull to our ship.

Terrain Night Returns, or how we might actually finish the Ship Board

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Inspiration has struck, a project that has been shelved for some time is now being actively worked on with the goal of completion!  The bug has bitten a couple of us and we have been actively working on miniatures and terrain with the hopes of playing Kings of War for large scale fights, and Song of Blades and Hero’s for skirmishes.  Some of the idea’s we are tossing around involve Ships and sieges.  So, this post is simple and quick, but progress is being made towards completing of the two ships (see links below to the old ship posts).  The planking has come along nicely so far, I can’t wait to see what it looks like with a proper paint job!
Part 1
Part 2
Pier / Dock

Ship Board: Part 2

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

In our last Ship Board: Part 1 article we left off having made significant progress in building two scale ships for our “Ship Board”.  This article will start off where the last one left off and it will take you another large portion of the way through this process.  It has honestly turned out to be a huge undertaking and I don’t think we knew what we were in for.

Large Steps where added to get up to the top of the captains quarters

We opted for large block steps that are functional in terms of miniatures rather than make actual steps that match the scale of the ships.  This is something we strive to do with all of our terrain, make it usable.

Foam Core used to help build a sturdy hull on the ships

In this case we used foam core and slit the inside to give it the right amount of bend so that we could fit it to the front of the ship.  We used two of these pieces to create a proper front end to the ship.  This was an easy way to cover up the somewhat uneven foam surface that we cut.  Plus this will go a long ways towards our final product having a somewhat armored hull.

Applying liquid nails to hold the foam core hull to the ship

Smoothing out the liquid nails to an even coat

Using the slit foam core to help bend to fit the front curve of the ship

Tape to hold the foam core in place, not pictured are the boxes used to help hold them in place while the liquid nails sets up

As you can see in the pictures, this gives the ship a more definite shape and a smooth surface, this is what our goal has been and it looks pretty good thus far.  Something we also didn’t consider was the weight of each ship, it grows every time we work on them.  Liquid nails adds a good amount of weight, and their size is also a factor.

Finished product on the front end

Same process on the back of the ship

This article is best shown with pictures, there isn’t a whole lot of explaining I can do, but it shows our ships essentially in finished built up form.  We are pleased with the results thus far and we have two identical ships up to this point.  In the future articles we some plans to make them each slightly different to make each ship unique.  At some point we’ll need ship names too…..this could be interesting…..

Click here to see Part 1