Our Game is a Handful.

Our Game is a Handful.

Monday, August 2, 2021

On the bench

 


In the past I have purposely avoided showing the work bench view of the ships. I always felt it disenchants the immersion in the world we have created. The "How the sausage is made" cliche provides an unappetizing venue to an audience yet being trapped in the house since March of 2020 has changed the perspective of the hobby for me a little. It's not Chateau D'if, but we're all one step closer to understanding Edmond Dant├Ęs plight.    

  

Here is the next hull I'm working on, a sloop from FireLock Games, I'm extending the sail plan to a full sloop and adding a little more firepower under the aft quarter. Lots of custom work and after market parts from Old Glory 25 and Amanti wooden model ships. The sails are Evergreen plastic sheets cut to fit.

 

 

Piragua Update

Piragua Flotilla   

The disenchanted sons of the new world, Spanish exiles, displaced natives of the colonial islands and run away slaves crew these simple but effective trading vessels as they forge a living on the Spanish main. Never seen as much of a prize,  they trade Cocoa beans to the sweet tooth of the European elite and peddle the foreign goods of distant nations to the Caribbean Islands to claim a trickle of the wealth siphoned from the bloated empires of the Old world.
       
 
Lacking a true gunwale these native craft aren't ignorant of the value of cannon fire. They each pack enough swivel guns to keep hostiles at length and a Bombard a piece to sway off the curiosity of other ships larceny. In a flotilla they pose a very real threat. 
       
The Turtle and The Skink are the latest additions to the flotilla. Any player that is willing to take on the fleet's commodore status has three ships to raid and trade with. In addition the most lopsided firepower in the game.
  




 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

We're Back!

Funny Confused Quote | Quote Number 563077 | Picture Quotes 

(You're no more surprised about this than I am...) 

Just when you thought the rudest miniatures game on the high seas had finally met its well earned demise by the politically correct dullards of our society, BOOM!   

Event!

Kansas City, Kansas. SEPT. 16-19

More Ships, More locations, New Crew, more depravity. 

Get your Convention Badges Soon!

Fine Print: (This event has limited seating, so bring your own chair, which is no guaranty you will be allowed to participate in the event but it will make spectating more comfortable, Language is known to be moderately offensive, this is a common language barrier to our games. Lastly some themes of the time period can be offensive to those unfamiliar with the 18th century, we don't condone the behavior of our players nor sensor it.)

Parents: If your Children understand the jokes; that's on you.

      

 

 

Monday, August 17, 2020

One game's Bark is another's Brigantine

 Firelock Games' Bark

All of Firelock Games' models are an excellent starting hull for the price. That said I can't help myself when it comes to modifications and after market parts. The original model is shown here:

Most info I read out there classifies the Bark (Barque, Barc)  a type of sailing vessel with three or more masts having the fore- and mainmasts rigged square and only the mizzen (the aft-most mast) rigged fore and aft. Not getting hung up on the product title I just made the ship into  Brigantine and doubled her gun complement.









      

The ship titled "Le Cresson" or Water Crest in English sticks to the traditional off color naming conventions of our past projects but looses it's humor from the original French Euphemism. 

Monday, May 27, 2019

What the hell's a Piraqua anyway?

Ever since the episode of Black Sails where the Character Jack Rackham mentioned the word Piragua, I've been searching for a way to make one of these for FFOS a playable ship. After a little time looking around on the web and the release of a dug-out style boat by Firelock Games I decided to indulge in a little project.
Blood & Plunder by Firelock Games has some handsome and quality products for starters. I purchased around a dozen of their ships and over time I will be posting some of their models with a little of my own modification, alterations, and hybrid hulls. This is the basic kit for a Piragua:
(photo used without permission of Firelock Games)
A neat little kit but something about the style of sail bothered me. Then I got to thinking about my inspiration to FFOS, Sid Miere's Pirates.It had a huge impact on my creation of our convention game and I really liked his war canoe image design shown here:
  (photo used without permission of Fraxis Games)     
Combining the two resulted in this:






(yes I know this is an Image of Kokopelli from the pueblo peoples of  the Precolumbian desert South-West. But I liked it and I had an ink stamp that made the Image easy to apply.) 
There are a bunch of after market parts from Old Glory 25 and hand made additions to the model. Oars, oar-locks, pulleys... 
No convention going scalawag playing Fist Full of Seamen would ever consider this as a prize vessel. It's actually a problem with most of the ships from Firelock Games, most are tragically under gunned for our games. To remedy this for the Piragua I will be allowing the captain of this vessel to play three of these ships in a small flotilla to make them more inviting and raise the survival rate.   

Monday, June 13, 2016

Vauban Forts KickStarter.

Finally someone is making the Vauban Forts of the 17th and 18th century accessible to the public.
Matthew Green of Laser Dream Works is Kickstarting the digital models to be released to the public for home printing. Design what ever you want, as many times as you want, any scale you want. Don't have a printer? Matt has hinted that if things go well he may produce them in the future but for now print services can be found throughout the web.





Monday, March 28, 2016

The HMS Seaward


The HMS Seaward is a commissioned unrated cutter tasked to track and capture pirate vessels operating in the seas around Port-Manteau. Built specifically for pursuit and interdiction, a professional crew of the British naval seamen man this vessel and share in the bounty profits.