First up is a French Polacre. A Polacre is a frigate design that is a cross between a Xebec (lateen sails on the front and back) and a square rigger (the center main mast). The ships were found in the Mediterrain and were very manoeuvrable but not the fastest of hulls - in confined waters they were very dangerous opponents. The total length of the model is 18 inches
Next up is a standard Brig - In the this case the model is the USS Onieda but she'll be used as a French ship this summer. She mounts 16, 9 pounders and a big 32 pounder on the bow - This ship can cause some problems for our British friends. The Onieda is 15 inches long.
The third ship is perhaps my favorite of the group - a 12 gun British Cutter - super fast with reasonable firepower. This one comes in at 9 inches in length.
Lastly, we have a 18 gun British Brig. She's armed with 16, 32 pound carronades and 2, 18 pound long guns. This ship can inflict a devastating broadside up close. The model is 18 inches long.
Some of you may have noticed 3 of the ships lack rigging - I wanted to do a little play testing before final rigging.
Next up is - hey what's the yelling in the background....
I turn my back on these kids for just a second and they start fighting - incorrigible!
I've got two more ships to build - a three masted Frigate for the French and a large Xebec for the Brits - and, yes, in my upcoming game the British will be employing some Barbary pirates as mercenaries. What gaming experience isn't made better with Pirates?
Ship building is very messy work. My work space will need a tidy-up before proceeding.
As for points - I leave that up to Curt and his minions. It's 60 total inches of 15mm Napoleonic Naval fun. As for effort - these were actual a lot more work that the 28mm frigate that was submitted a few years ago.
I believe this entire submission should count towards the Nautical side duel.