“ To Carry out war, three things are necessary, “ remarked the Milanese general Marshal Trivulzio presciently in 1499, “money, money and yet more money.”
~Roger Crowley, Empires of the sea
|Christian and Turkish Galleys Face off!|
I’ve been working like a mad Venetian to get all the ships finalized and ready for production, tuning the pieces for easy assembly, adding details and setting them up for production cutting. I’m still havering about having the galley models as free cut pieces, or sprued up. The former is where I’m currently leaning. This week I’ve concentrated on the Christian and Turkish galleys and galliot models. The Galley is featured in today’s posting.
|Painted and unpainted Turkish galley. Ships come with furled|
sails or no sail yard arm options.
|Ships in the Laser Arsenal.|
The models are very easy to assemble, and after a few attempts I can now say that I’ve found an easy way to rig them as well (which I’ll do a step by step in an upcoming blog). Each galley will come with a set of crew and smoke markers, a printed sheet of flags and awnings, and a fusta damage dice holder.
Most all galleys across the Mediterranean were similar in design, with the subtleties based more on culture or practical use and handling by nationality. The Turkish galley features an open arumbada fighting platform (which shows off the guns nicely) and an elongated poop deck.
|Each ship comes with printed flags and awnings.|
|The players eye view. Note the crew markers on the deck.|
|Galley of the knights of Malta, with Fusta and galliot escorts.|
Christian "knights of Malta" Galley
Christian Galley design was fairly similar across the Italian city states, and adopted by Spain and France. Each nation or group made changes based upon their “gameplay” attitude. Venetian ships were trim and fast, Spanish ships had raised Arumbada fighting platforms, etc. Each galley model has the optional parts to be built with an open or covered arumbada platform over the guns. This one features the covered variant.
Galleys Guns and Glory Play tests continue!
GGG! These pics are from the South Bay Game Club playtest. It was just before Christmas- I can tell because my wonderful wife brought dozens of delicious cookies and pounds of fantastic fudge for all the clubmates. I even almost shared with them!
|Head to head- firing point blank!|
|Turkish Galliots are very maneuverable.|
|Maltese galley is swarmed by Turkish galliots!|
|Turkish galley rams and sinks a Maltese galley.|
Guys in armor are bad swimmers!
This battle featured one of my youngest play testers yet, who, playing a dashing Turkish Corsair had sunk 2 and captured three Maltese ships by the end of the game. Bravo!
That’s it for now- I have to get back to working on the rules.