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Ahoy there mateys! It be the DF Black Brick!
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Ahoy there mateys! It be the DF Black Brick! 3 Months, 1 Week ago  
A simple creation on my part using my quickly deteriorating styro elevation blocks. I was able to get a quick shot before my daughter kicked it in!


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#64139
Re:Ahoy there mateys! It be the DF Black Brick! 3 Months, 1 Week ago  
perhaps a boat themed DF tile set (or Add-on series) might not be beyond the realm of possibilities.

wood plank floors
walls that are half tall (railings really)
masts
a ship's wheel
some full walls for the multiple levels of the ship (or interior rooms)
a hatch way
a ladder

seems doable in 1 or 2 Add-ons
1 for main type blocks (wood bottoms and walls)
1 for accessories (masts, wheel, ship specific stuff)

i may not be interested in like 10 sets, but definitely enough to build 2 or 3 different sized ships... (in dwarvenite of course)
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Re:Ahoy there mateys! It be the DF Black Brick! 3 Months, 1 Week ago  
I actually have a ship model that is in a very close scale that I think will work perfectly. I am going to start work on painting and assembly this summer. While I think I will prefer the actual models like this one, I could see my way to buying in at a two set level for some ship tiles if they could put together a decent looking boat or two. I wouldn't be looking for historical or nautical accuracy so much as looking good and being playable.

The model I am going to assemble has a half-hull build that allows it to be sitting on a table at "water-line" level. I will also not be attaching all the rigging and details in order to insure that the boat is more miniature gaming friendly than the full build. The big problem is that I have to get these on sale, the regular prices in compatible scales run around 100-500 bucks for unassembled kits. Finished kits bought from other start at around 300 and run to the thousands. I do think there is room for this niche in our market, I just don't know if it justifies a dwarvenite run or not.

If it does, I will buy in for some I'm sure.
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My players rue the day I bought "Dragon Mountain". Ever since they give every creature a bit more respect. You never know when the GM will decide that this group is crafty...
 
#64217
Re:Ahoy there mateys! It be the DF Black Brick! 3 Months, 1 Week ago  
Certainly looks like you can build ships using the current tile shapes we have access to, without needing the odd 1"x2" piece to break the 2"x2" grid. Smallest ship then is 4" wide, which is fine, since anything smaller than that is more like a boat/barge/dinghy.

Waterline ships would be the name of the game, and you could use pillars or interior pieces to stack and build levels. Not sure you'd get the sloped walls of the exterior hull all that easily, but I'd trade that off for the ability to mimic decks on a ship. Layout each deck side by side if you wanted to have access to each, similar to what you'd do for a matt with multiple levels on it.

Tiles I can think of off the top of my head:

Decks/Cabins
Deck Floor Tile
Interior/Cabin Straight Wall Tile
Interior/Cabin L Corner Wall Tile

Upper Deck
Straight Railing (include deck floor or not?)
Curved Railing
Diagonal Railing (or could a longer railing piece be used if not including floors...)
Curved and Diagonal Floor Tile (if doing railings separate)

Hull
Hull Straight Wall Tile
Hull Curved Corner Wall Tile
Hull Diagonal Wall Tile

Accessories
Cabin Doors
Hammocks
Mast (only part of it, say maybe 3" tall, I don't think you could do the full blown thing without it tipping over)
Cannons
Steering Wheel
Rudder?
Gun and window ports for hulls, ladders/steps on the hull side?

Only problem tile I see then is this:
Hull L Corner w/ Interior Walls, you'd need both starboard and port versions of these to ensure you can build a cabin inside the ship and have the 2x2 grid still work.

This could all be done with vertical walls quite easily, and maybe in a way that tricks the eye into thinking there's a slope on the hulls.

Sloping hulls introduces the problem of stacking tiles, and managing a decreasing footprint per deck level. You'd need 1"x2" pieces at some point to handle either curved walls or diagonals. I think you could do this if you separated the hull walls from the deck tiles, and had the hull pieces function as free standing walls do, where you'd place them next to a deck tile to create the exterior. But then it becomes difficult to create stacked decks like this.

The odd shape of ships really would be a challenging task to create a robust, modular kit in the fewest number of pieces possible. But, if you did a water line single level ship (since half of a wooden ship's decks would be under the water line) you could probably come up with something that would look good.

I think you'd need a crash course in ship building to really understand and capture all the nuances.

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