Saturday, 29 February 2020

Another Day, Another Diversion

A chance comment at a meeting and a post on an internet forum and I'm off on another diversion. This time it is the resurrection of my Ancient and Renaissance fleet action rules. To be precise, its me getting diverted in generating a set of ship bases that I can print out and use with the rules (since I've been working on updated versions of the rules for a while now). The models are roughly 1/2400 scale and fit two or three ships on a base (although the Galleass for the Renaissance set will probably be an individual model).

 These are the first test prints I've completed. I tried texturing the bases but they looked pretty awful so I'm sticking with plain bases so I'm assuming the battle is fought in calm seas :)  I need to have a think about paint schemes as well. These look OK but I'd like to make the ensemble a but more striking. (any ideas?)

The parent model is a galley model made by Captain_Ahab_62 on Thingiverse. I've amended the model here to make a cataphract version, and additional versions with towers. 

The original model can be found here:

I've also used the basic model to make a small set of Renaissance galleys. I'll be aiming to print off a test set tomorrow.


  1. They look great. I've long thought that galley battles would be better represented by the "land battle at sea" approach, with multiple models per base, rather than the individual ship approach taken by most rules. I look forward to the release of your rules. Incidentally, how are the Far Distant Ships rules coming along?

  2. The first models have just come out of the printer and I'm pretty pleased with them :) They are curing now.

    FDS is pretty much done, at least as far as the rules are concerned. I need to sort out time to get the formatting completed and then they should be ready to go.

  3. Those little galleys look great. I think you could probably paint waves on the bases to make them look a bit more exciting, and while I know that masts were normally stored during battle, might you have one or two with banners? Otherwise how would a "hero" be marked?

  4. An interesting idea...really like the multiple basing approach.

  5. What is the printin gtime for a single base ? Can you print multiple bases on 1 run?

  6. They take about an hour, you can get three bases on a Photon print bed.