In this post I build a 28mm (ish) Viking Longship. All good Vikings need a longship. Which means until now all my Vikings have been quite lame.
I'm stuck in the Dark Ages, but it's a good kind of stuck you know? Like when something is stuck in your teeth but it tastes good.
I wanted to expand my dark ages collection but did not want to paint miniatures. Painting miniatures is boooooring. Decided to do something different and build this ship that I've had lying around for a few months. It took way longer to do than expected; due to my lack of time and poor modelling skills. The object is not to have the ship sail around carrying miniatures but to sit on a coast looking like a really cool piece of terrain. A little Dark Ages scenery magic that will get some oohhs and ahhs and a maybe few Viking lady groupies. The I can say something sexy like "Let me show you my Longship..."
Here is My Longship
|whole ship another angel|
Now for fun, let's put a miniature on the deck so we can get some sense of scale...
|Standing in the Bow looking awesome|
On the whole, I am quite pleased how it turn out, which is why I spammed you with pictures.
Construction Notes (for those interested):
|I got the model from a nice man on TMP|
who basically let me have it for free. I just paid the postage
and gave a promise that one day I would use it.
|The ship comes in this ugly brown plastic but has everything needed to construct it.|
One problem is that the model is designed to sit on a stand so has a keel
which will prevent it from laying flat on the game table.
It had to go.
|The model has an anchor well in the bow of the ship (read: big open space)|
that I didn't like; how can someone stand in the bow and look awesome with no deck?
I constructed some deck planks over the anchor well with card from a cereal box.
|I glued the sail to the yard.|
I took some lengths of 'rope' included in the box and coated them with glue
and then wrapped them around the yard and sail.
|Used the 'rope' to tie it to the mast.|
I also took lengths of the rope covered with glue and wrapped around the mast
in strategic locations (where I thought rope would be).
I did the same on the Bow and Stern parts.