18 January 2014

Tékumel naval, part 11

I recently became the proud owner of some new ship miniatures:

More Langton ships, all the way from Down Under courtesy of Ian (who has a fine blog at Thomo's Hole!)  The package included ten Bronze Age Egyptian and ten Sea Peoples ships along with bases.  Of course, what to do with them...  The first course will be to integrate them into my Tékumel fantasy naval project, where, due to their older appearance and small size, they will be representing minor powers (the Tsoléi Islands among others) or perhaps pirates.

And, here are some more detailed pics of the recent purchase:

These miniatures are somewhat smaller than the triremes and such that I have featured earlier.  They might be small enough to be classed as srügánta or even séscha.  These will fit in well with the rest of the collection...

Speaking of the rest, I have been messing about with the Langton Deceres, which I have decided will be a Mu'ugalavyáni zírunel:

I have decided not to graft the goblin's head onto the prow of this vessel, which will grace the Tsolyáni version instead.  The big alteration here, and one that might be extended onto all Red Hat ships, is the replacement of the standard Langton towers, which are shaped more like a cube, with cylindrical alternatives.  The original mast, of white metal, has been replaced with a piece of brass wire with a small bead topping it for a crow's nest.

None of this is glued up yet.  I have yet to decide if this is suitable.  With the similarities of the designs of the miniatures, I am striving to have some differences in the fleets of the various empires beyond the painted finish.  But, are the towers a bit too much???



  1. I like the look of the new ships, they might work for the little fleets on Lake Parunal as well.

    And no, I don't think the towers are too much, especially not for the bigger capital ships.

    Possibly another way to express national differences would be with the sternposts, where I think you have a lot of freedom and flexibility to make changes.

    For example, with the Mu'ugs, you could replace the round curved sternposts provided in the kits with more sinuous flame-like sternposts cut from plastic card.....

  2. Thanks for the comment.

    I am not yet completely sold on the tower replacement, but it should work. The sternposts are a good idea, and something I was considering earlier. Flame-like, hmmm...