Recently we helped our mom move into an apartment where she can get some assistance in everyday living. She's getting too old to live by herself anymore. My sisters have been going through the house where she lived for 64 years, where all us kids grew up, and they're finding things we haven't seen in decades, including a set of naval miniatures rules I wrote in 1978. I designed the game to be played on two scales, a fleet action scale played with counters, and a boarding scale where miniature figures could duke it out on ship deck plans. Here is some imagery:
The work was done on 8 1/2 X 11 typing paper using pens, a manual portable typewriter, a Xerox machine (which was still a recent step up from Gestetners back then) and rubber cement. The yellow stains in the middle of the deck plans are where the rubber cement holding them to the substrate has aged. We would use rubber cement to glue the copies onto pasteboard, then cut out the pieces.
Today the deck plans would be called "deck tiles".
Not bad for cardstock models, thirty-one years ago, when the first electronic calculators were still making their ways out of the labs!
Have fun! Steve
Last Edit: Feb 3, 2009 15:53:19 GMT -9 by stevelortz
The old naval designs we found in my mom's attic were for a game Chaosium intended to publish under its Elric license. The game was tentatively titled Proud Prince of Ruins, and supplied miniatures rules, so a person could use Chaosium's Elric board wargame to run a miniatures campaign. All of the ships moved under oar-power (unless magic was involved).
That was back in the days when Games Worshop was merely a distributor, making most of its money by importing D&D to the UK.
In the '90s, after GW had come out with their fleet scale naval game, I used their ships to fiddle around with some sailing rules. Here are some templates I developed:
It would be interesting to integrate the two systems and come up with a comprehensive naval miniatures game. I haven't mastered the medium enough to do the ships and components, and I doubt that I will be able to do so anytime soon, but I could do the rules!
Have fun! Steve
Last Edit: Feb 3, 2009 18:03:05 GMT -9 by stevelortz
I've never tried a naval battle game but they have always intrigued me...
How soon do you think the rules might be in a presentable state?
That's hard to say off the top of my head. It would take a little time to integrate the systems. Playtest versions could be ready not long after that. It would take a while longer to polish the results. I'll give it some thought. If I remember right, there are some model fantasy ships in the MMiP archives (?).
cowboyleland: Now I have seen it. It doesn't advance our hobby, but anyone with half a brain who wanted 2nd rate figures could easily figure this out for themselves so I guess he isn't doing any harm.
Mar 19, 2019 17:53:59 GMT -9
berneart76: well, this is fun, (not) transferring all my papercrafting sets into the cloud. The stuff I got from DriveTrhruRPG was simple with their library desktop app,but my other stuff, sometimes with multiple duplicate copies is entertaining.
Mar 1, 2019 15:44:32 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King I usually use a mix of drybrush/watercolor/photocopy and occasionally posterizing at different levels of opacity.
Feb 26, 2019 20:46:54 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King, that's similar to the enhancing that I do on my texturing. I've found that sometimes I need to scale up or scale down the image (usually by 50 or 25 percent down or 200 or 300 percent up) to make get the enhancements to look "right"
Feb 26, 2019 20:44:53 GMT -9
Vermin King: On the zebras, I did multiple enhancements and cartoon filters and used them at 100%, and they still didn't look that different than the photos
Feb 26, 2019 12:27:26 GMT -9
Vermin King: When I make a figure or terrain piece based on a photo, I clean it up and align things to look 'right', then I create another layer and do enhancing and cartoonizing on it. I then adjust opacity over the photo image until it looks good. On the zebras,
Feb 26, 2019 12:26:35 GMT -9
Vermin King: berneart76, do you mean giving them green or purple manes and tails? and a few piercings? maybe a cig hanging out of their mouths?
Feb 26, 2019 12:24:18 GMT -9
Vermin King: cartoonizing a zebra doesn't do much
Feb 20, 2019 5:59:28 GMT -9
Vermin King: And due to the snow, I'm off tonight. I am going to miss the cash on the paycheck, but I'm glad they want their employees to be safe
Feb 15, 2019 10:52:24 GMT -9
ignatious: Actually I was referring to the two previous posts. I was trying to be subtle in order to sublimate the crassness. Read them again, but in Mel Brooks voice while he is winking, and nudging the person to his right.
Feb 9, 2019 13:38:11 GMT -9
Vermin King: Sure. Euphemize us
Feb 8, 2019 18:40:48 GMT -9
ignatious: would anyone care for a euphemism?
Feb 8, 2019 13:40:27 GMT -9
cowboyleland: We hadn't had snow for a few days. Last night the plow came down my street and did nothing but fill every ones driveways back in. Just for practice, I guess.
Feb 8, 2019 7:48:16 GMT -9
Vermin King: In KC we had an ice storm (with thunder sleet) the other night. Left things drivable, but last night the plow came down my street. They took all the rough edges off. Might as well have ran a Zamboni...
Feb 8, 2019 6:42:32 GMT -9
okumarts: Vermin King... Mind Blown!
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