|Le Dauphin d'Or|
You can just about see him on the deck of the first pirate ship I attempted (and very nearly finished). The ship is made almost entirely from scrap: plastic, card, filler, dowels, embroidery threads, cotton, bbq skewers, matchsticks, plastic canvas and of course tapers/spills (nowadays I'd use coffee stirrers of course). The original cannon was scratch built in wood (barrels), thick card (carriage) and dowel (wheels). I then cast then all in a lead/tin mix.Up close they're fairly ropey, but they do the job.
The "pirate" zombie could just as easily have been painted as a survivor, although his clothing would suggest he has no modern dress sense and is very tattered - he'd make a good tramp though!
On the rear mast base you can also see a collar around the mast, this gave a little more support to the mast (which is embedded in the deck) and a little more glueing surface.
The front end upper deck is also removable, but it's just an empty space inside.
The woman could obviously be used in a pirate scenario whilst the guy would just need his hat filing off as the rifle he carries could easily be taken for a flintlock type weapon.
The other two are a "Zombie me" finally based up (a present) and a Mega Mini "zombie" child hockey player, though I'm going to use him as a child survivor as there's so little obvious damage to him.
(I haven't a clue now why I split it into two areas)
The tube in the centre of the photograph is a piece of plastic and the mast in the deck above slots nicely into it making the deck above much more stable.
For such a large model I determined that as my Pirates were all based on 20mm squares I needed sufficient space to get at least one crewman on either side of the cannon and one at the rear and I still had to leave a gap for another figure to get between the two rows of guns.
The railings are all bbq skewers for the uprights but the tops may well be garden canes.The steps/ladders are scraps of plastic.
This may be the biggest of the three ships I started on, but not by very much .
It has an overall length from back to front of about 24" ans the biggest mast in the middle is about 24".
The fighting/lookout platform has a lip around it to give figures a little more security from their inevitable accidental plunge to the table in play. I think about 5 figures could fit on it .
Finally, a group shot of the Zombiesmith horde and the ship.
|Argghh, we be zombies|
That's it then for another week and as always your comments are welcome and much appreciated.
Great model, Yarrrr!ReplyDelete
Thanks Irqan, everyone like pirates - right ?Delete
Arrr!!! great looing pirate shipReplyDelete
Thanks HW, much better than yet more boring zombies.Delete
Nice one, Joe. That's a mighty fine pirate vessel. All the more impressive for being scratchbuilt.ReplyDelete
Incidentally, the three figures shown in the second picture down are are by Heresy, Heresy and Zombiesmith. The Zombiesmith figure is none other than film director, Rob Zombie. I see no reason not to use him as a pirate or even a tramp.
Thanks for all that Bryan, I did know the Zombiesmith guy, but didn't know it's meant to be Rob Zombie and I had an inkling that the other chap was another Heresy figure. Still don't know where I got the two heresy figures fromDelete
What could be cooler that zombies and pirates except of odours zombies and dinosaurs or even zombies dinosaurs!ReplyDelete
Hmm, zombie dinosaurs, now that disturbing.Delete
A fantastic pirate ship - great detail and plenty of cannons.ReplyDelete
Thanks Dannoc, much appreciated and even with minimal detail it's the cannons that make itDelete
I love this ship!ReplyDelete
You know...BIO SYNDROME has some rules for pirates and zombies. They could work nicely!
Thanks LS , I actually didn't know about Bio Syndrome's piratical connection, I collected a great many pirate rules but was never happy with any of them.Delete
That's a great looking ship! Figs look pretty cool too! Nice and bloody!ReplyDelete
Thanks Ray, zombies wouldn't be zombies without a splash of colour would they ?Delete
Very cool ship! Great modeling. This would be a fun game. Very characterful.ReplyDelete
Thanks Ironmonk, I'd have loved to have finihsed all thee ships and had a game with them.Delete
Nice ship Joe, all scratch built. Kudos sir. Is it Zombies vs Pirates or Zombie Pirates?ReplyDelete
Thanks Bob, I can't really answer but both are feasible but I've found that Scorpon Miniatures do Zombie Pirates, so maybe that's the answer ?Delete
Some fine work Joe
Thanks Dave, much appreciated but it was really tedious - rigging aaaaaahhh!Delete
That's a lovely ship! And to think it all came out of a thin air! :DReplyDelete
I like the cannons the most :P.
As for zombie you, that's a horrible miniature. And I'm pretty sure you told me back then you had no beard...it's completely wrong :(
Thanks for the ship compliment, but it didn't exactly come out of thin air, I did have to pay for some glue !Delete
As for zombie me, I deny everything
Zombies vs pirates - hmm. Could be a voodoo curse, or a manifestation of the plague?ReplyDelete
Throw in some dinosaurs, Nazis and cowboys and you've got them all :-) !
I think you missed out ninja's and clowns Colgar, but I get the sentimentDelete
All you need now are some "Scooby snacks" and you are all ready to go. But you know it's gonna be a trick by "ol' Man Creedy" the janitor! Ok maybe a "serious" pirate zombie game..... can you have a serious zombie Pirate game?ReplyDelete
Finally someone with a sensible idea, I have the Mystery Bus ready too !Delete
I've a feeling though I couldn't take either of your options seriously,
Sweet Pirate ship Joe, and scratch built, AmazingReplyDelete
Thanks SK, everone should have one !Delete
Yaarrrrrr. That is a superb model me hearty! Well done Joe, it's ace!ReplyDelete
Thanks ZA, I'm pleased that it's been sowell received.Delete
Lovely scratch build! With three ships, that'd be quite the game! Even if you never get to game pirate vs zombie, you could always use the ship as a museum/ park attraction in a "regular" zombie game. With a gang plank for entry/exit it'd be a secure survivor hideout!ReplyDelete
Thanks David, I've actually got four, but the fourth is abought resin model. (it may be the old Fiddlers Green.I'd actually thought of a simila idea as your's to as the ship from the film "Pirates" was used as a tourist attraction in Cannes.Delete
That ship is amazing! Talented git aren't we! Seriously though Joe its is really impressive. The zombies and survivor/zombie counterparts look great and zombie pirates or not they will be quite suitable. I know have visions of some sort amusement park with the ship as an historical attraction in it survivors surrounded by a horde.ReplyDelete
Thanks Brummie, much appreciated, all the pirate ships I've made (and nearly finished) don't bear close inspection, but are good enough for a game.Delete