Sunday, 8 June 2014

Bombs

I've been quite busy recently with work stuff and helping Laura with her new pony, but today I managed to get some time to do a bit of modelling. I'm looking at running some connected FLoB games at Berkeley Vale using my PP small ships and thought that a bomb ketch or two might be useful. one particular variety of these craft had the mortar located forward, the mainmast and mizzen mast set back to make space. Obviously a conversion was on the cards

Something a bit like this, but fitting in with the PP range, that's whats needed



The source model for the conversion was the "Small Ship - Schooner" from Peter Pig's "Pieces of Eight" range. I drilled a large hole in the foredeck, expanding the original hole there. the bottom of the hole was blanked and a scratch built mortar on a turntable added.



The foremast was located in the hole intended for the mizzen mast, and the mizzen relocated to a new hole drilled in the poop deck. To be accurate I should have sanded away the channels and made some new ones, but to be honest I felt it was a lot of effort that could have damaged the hull sides for little effort, so i decided to leave them alone. All in all a fairly simple conversion, not entirely accurate but in keeping with the style of the original PP models.



All in all I was quite pleased with how these turned out. All being well they'll be in action tomorrow night.

3 comments:

  1. The ships look really good. I'm looking forward to hearing how they game with them turns out. Did you make any adjustments to FLoB for smaller ships?

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  2. I dd, i'm using expanded hull an broadside ratings, so a sloop has a BS rating of about 9, a schooner 6-7 and so on. The game went well but I let the opening phases drag on too long so we didn't really get to a conclusion. The bombs did their job well though :)

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