21 April 2011

Tékumel naval, part 3

With a little bit of free time at the table recently, I turned to making my first scratch-built Tékumel ship, a srügánta (comparable to a Greek bireme):

Plastic and balsa together for the hull. Oh boy, is it a chunky ship! Just goes to show that simply measuring things does not make a nice mini. The srügánta drawing in Qadárdàlikoi is much more sleek, although it does have an interesting sternwalk. Also, when I realized that my ship was not coming along, I made a very simple mistake and did not test-fit the aft superstructure piece before gluing it down; if you could see the mini from a top view it would be obvious, and too wide.

With the above in mind, I tried to draw some designs for more suitable ships:

The versions of srügánta here are still fairly chunky compared to the original, so I need to work with that. The zírunel, however, should be properly large and imposing and the drawing tries to be. I am also experimenting with slightly different architecture styles for the different nations plying the seas. I would like the ships of Tsolyánu flotillas to not only be a different color but a subtly different shape from their Mu'ugalavyáni counterparts.


09 April 2011

Tékumel naval, part 2

My copy of Qadárdàlikoi arrived very recently, and although it is a book that mainly deals with land battles on Tékumel, it has some nice information of the naval side of things. And, accordingly, it presents myself with a dilemma.

In the section on naval warfare, there are stats and line drawings on six of the most common vessels used. These vessels are, for the most part, not very similar to the Xyston ships I have just purchased! So, a decision needs to be made [actually I have already made up my mind but I am dragging it out for you the reader ;) ]: use the Xyston ships and go a more 'faux' Tékumel look; or scratchbuild new ships based on the line drawings?

Now, I can not really foresee giving up entirely on the Xyston ships. In fact, the Xyston merchant vessel is rather similar to a Tnék, except it lacks a lateen foresail. The weapon and sail kits will be handy, and I might use the oar banks from the Xyston ships I already have on the scratchbuilt ships. So the Xyston purchase is not a complete bust!