6/30/15

Galleys Guns and Glory: Knights of Malta Galley



 “Mustapha then had some of the bodies of the knights and a Maltese priest—“some mutilated, some without heads, some with their bellies ripped open”—dressed in their distinctive red-and-white surcoats and nailed to wooden crosses in parody of the crucifixion. The bodies were launched into the water off Saint Elmo’s point, where the current washed them across to Birgu.”
- Roger Crowley, the Siege of Malta


 
Side view of a Maltese Galley showing the Bulwarks and yard arm pennon.
Malta!
It’s been a very busy few weeks since my last post- all (mostly) exciting stuff.  but first, a ship!
This Galley is set up for the Knights of Malta. In Galleys Guns and Glory! the knights have a great armor save (due to all that armor)  and a bonus to  boarding. They however, do not swim well.



The Business end.


 Closer and Closer
The store is now been set up with my ships and other accessories, and will be turned on on the 6th. I wanted to wait till after the holiday, to be able to give eating watermelon and BBQ (while patriotically saluting my beloved flag) my full attention. 

 
Maltese Galley with boarding crew and galiot escort hunt for Corsairs
Beta Tester links! 

 I sent out a call to arms for playtestesters about a month ago and the response was really remarkable! Thank you to all of you who first off just plain asked for a set of the rules- and for the great feedback, questions, suggestions and full on playtests with AARs!  Ultimatley I write rules for you to play, so letting me know how you want to play has influenced the rules quite a bit- and all for the better! 

Special shout out to the Edinburgh Wargames club for their support and encouragement. Here's a couple of links to their club and club member's blogs 


Pioneer painting has a couple of great battle reports from the Edinburgh Game club. He’s also the fellow who painted all the ships! Great work 



Angus Konstam’s Edinburgh Wargames club blog has another good write up on the ships and the rules! Thanks Angus! (and I can't believe you thought of Oars du Combat first!)





13 comments:

  1. I am interested in using your galleys potentially to fight 17/18th century galley warfare on the Swiss lakes.Which would you suggest for the galley in this picture-
    http://www.villmergerkriege.ch/16Kriegsschiffe/ppages/ppage5.htm
    Secondly when will yours be available to buy?
    thanks
    Alan

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    1. Ooopps just noticed the date, sorrydaft question. Thats the problem with reading blogs over breakfast when half asleep...

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    2. Tradgardmastare- that's some cool reference. Based upon how many oars, it looks like a galiot ( small galley) in size, but if you want to do more "skirmishy" stuff, I'd recommend a galley.
      As to ships for sale, They will be up on my webstore starting July 6th
      www.skullncrown.com
      Cheers
      Ths

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    3. NO worries- I'm glad to hear that Skull and Crown is a delicious part of your nutritious breakfast :)

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  2. Splendid, great details and colors...

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    1. Thanks Phil- I feel like I'm cheating because most of the detail in on the flag and awning ( and bulwark trim) set. Other than that it's like 6-8 colors on the ship itself!
      Cheers
      Ths

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  3. Excellent post Thomas and a great looking galley. Hoping to show off my Maltese corsairs very soon and then to get them into action against some Barbary types.

    Frank
    http://adventuresinlead.blogspot.com.au/

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  4. Furt- I look forward to seeing your fleet!
    Cheers
    Ths

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  5. AWESOME!!! Can't wait to play!!!

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  6. Just to be a pedant Angus and Jack (Pioneer painting) are both from the South East Scotland Wargames Club, which meets in Edinburgh.

    I'm looking forward to another game there tonight.

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    1. And once again it was great fun.

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    2. Another battle! I am very glad to hear that dcchodge! Angus has made another large order, so there is an entire fleet of ships heading your club's way. Make sure to buy Jack enough pints to paint your side first!
      Cheers
      Ths

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  7. And I totally missed your point. South East Scotland Wargames Club. Got it!

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