To go with the pirate bears I really wanted some sort of ship. It’s never explicitly called for in the fur and buttons scenario’s but I thought it would look cool. I didn’t really want to design and build something myself at this stage and as I knew of several card model ships around the net I had a look at what was available. I eventually settled on the Fat Dragon Games medieval cog.
I ended up making a few modifications and changes to the Cog (I can’t leave anything stock 🙂 ). The first change I made was to cut a 1nch length out of the hull, I wanted to shorten the ship by 2 inchs but wasn’t sure what sort of impact that would have on the overall design so settled on a safe 1 inch shorter.
While I had been checking around for other card ships I had stumbled across this (One Picture below):
I really liked the rear stern-castle design so I decided to modify the stern-castle on the FDG Cog to emulate the above. First up I worked out the length of the rounded walls and bashed these from the existing stern-castle walls. I was able to keep the front wall of the stern castle as it was. Next was to design the floor insert for the floor of the cabin and glue it into place. Once this was done the stern-castle was glued to the rear deck:
Next was the angled top for the rounded stern-castle. I made the topper 7inchs wide at the front approximately 6inchs long down each side and about 3 inchs across at the rear. As these were all straight piece’s bashing them up from the existing stern-castle top was very easy. The worst mistake I made was to use matte board to reinforce the floor of the stern-castle, matte board and PVA glue don’t like each other at all and the floor cupped quiet badly. It’s not very noticeable in the picture:
I am pretty happy with how the rounded Stern-castle turned out. Next I added a removable crows nest so I could still swap the sail over if I wanted, this turned out to be very easy. The crows nest is approximately 3×3 inchs but shaped like an Octagon, the walls are modded from the fore-castle walls. A small hole cut in the middle lets me slide it down the mast and it holds in place very well:
Last mod I made was to add the Bear skull and crossbones to the sail, but you can see that in the finished pictures below:
Even though it’s a bit the wrong century and my printer was playing up hence all the interesting colour variation, Captain Longfur and his pirates are very happy with their new Cog:
I seem to be able to share the bashed files, big thanks go’s to Tom for allowing this with his files. You’ll need to head over to Fat Dragon Games to buy the cog first so you can make use of the files. All the modified images inside my files remain the property of Fat Dragon Games:
Forum Board Link – Yep you’ll need to login to get them 🙂
For anyone needing a smallish vessel for there gaming needs you can’t go past the FDG Cog.
Anyways back to laying out those frogs 🙂