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  • #166988
    Mark Morin
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    First project of 2022 – Aztec War Canoes

    Aztec War Canoes for the Spanish Conquest

    #166994
    Autodidact-O-Saurus
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    Those look great, Mark. The 3d-model striations really do impart a carved wood texture to them.

    Can’t wait to see the brigantines. Long, long ago in college I did a paper on Cortes’ use of the vessels at Tenochtitlan. At the time (and that was 40 years ago!), not much was known as to what form the Spanish boats would have actually taken. I’m sure more research has taken place since then so it will be interesting to see what you uncover.

    –jeff

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    #166996
    Gone Fishing
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    Those have turned out extremely well, Mark. I’ve always thought games set on the lake featuring canoes and brigantines, or better, on both the lake and causeways, hold a lot of appeal and could make for some great games. Thank you for sharing this latest installment!

    #167001
    Mark Morin
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    Those look great, Mark. The 3d-model striations really do impart a carved wood texture to them. Can’t wait to see the brigantines. Long, long ago in college I did a paper on Cortes’ use of the vessels at Tenochtitlan. At the time (and that was 40 years ago!), not much was known as to what form the Spanish boats would have actually taken. I’m sure more research has taken place since then so it will be interesting to see what you uncover. –jeff

    Thanks Jeff – the challenge was that some striations are bad while others are good .  As for the brigantines, they are coming and are up in priority this year.  I’ll probably have to make some reasonable assumptions (as I have with the rules in the supplement that was updated on Sally 4th (if you want to check it out).

    #167002
    kyoteblue
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    Very cool and they look good!!

    #167004
    Jim Webster
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    very impressive 🙂

    https://jimssfnovelsandwargamerules.wordpress.com/

    #167010
    Andrew Beasley
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    That’s spooky – I was watching a program on Aztec medicine a couple of hours ago and one of the background pictures showed the lakes with in it!

    I did wonder about rafts or canoes and lo, your project shows me the answer. The flotilla shots show how frightening this must have been.

    Your project goes from strength to strength.

    #167022
    Mark Morin
    Participant

    Very cool and they look good!!

    Gracias!

    #167023
    Mark Morin
    Participant

    very impressive 🙂

     

    Thanks Jim!

    #167025
    Mark Morin
    Participant

    That’s spooky – I was watching a program on Aztec medicine a couple of hours ago and one of the background pictures showed the lakes with in it! I did wonder about rafts or canoes and lo, your project shows me the answer. The flotilla shots show how frightening this must have been. Your project goes from strength to strength.

    Nothing like an (up to 1521) impregnable island fortress surrounded by a lush lake connecting you to your own cities, conquered cities, and enemies you want to extort annually for wealth, resources, and people for slavery and/or sacrifice to create a huge empire.  I was struck that I had not seen any 28mm miniature battle recreations of a lot of the ones of the Spanish Conquest, especially with war canoes – so, here I go!  Appreciate your following my progress greatly.

    #167258
    Bowman Stringer
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    Hi Mark,

    Nice to see you continuing with your Tenochtitlan build. While I can’t say this with much historical accuracy, but I really like the flat bottom barges as the canoes. The canoes were primarily used for gardening the chinampas, and the wider design would work better for hauling equipment and produce. Plus Lake Texcoco was pretty flat and calm, so a flat bottomed boat would be fine. And your figures fit nicely onto these canoes! Lovely work as usual.

    Ralph (Bowman)

    #167557
    Mark Morin
    Participant

    Very cool and they look good!!

    Thanks kyote

    #167558
    Mark Morin
    Participant

    Hi Mark, Nice to see you continuing with your Tenochtitlan build. While I can’t say this with much historical accuracy, but I really like the flat bottom barges as the canoes. The canoes were primarily used for gardening the chinampas, and the wider design would work better for hauling equipment and produce. Plus Lake Texcoco was pretty flat and calm, so a flat bottomed boat would be fine. And your figures fit nicely onto these canoes! Lovely work as usual. Ralph (Bowman)

     

    Nice to hear that Ralph, thank you.  The flat design did ok, I did just need enough space for my 1″ bases (which drove the size mind you).  I’m sure that the freeboard on these would have been low to the water as well.  More Spanish Conquest stiff shortly…

    #168987
    Cacique Caribe
    Participant

    Hi Mark

    Beautiful. I bought similar-looking canoes on Etsy, for my 15mm “Caribs”:

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/765674734/28mm-polynesian-canoe-set?click_key=25f1e6086e966a0a5e5699ee2edab720e9f3bd88%3A765674734&click_sum=bd78b691&rec_type=ss&ref=pla_similar_listing_top-1&frs=1&sts=1

    I plan to use them for coastal raids, even in mangrove terrain:

    A8888510-EACB-4AE9-AA49-B1BF950E88DB

    https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=127324.0

    Dan
    Loads of WIPs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/with/72157710630529376

    #169349
    Mark Morin
    Participant

    Thanks and I’d love to have some nice mangrove terrain!  These were 3D printed by a friend.

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