The Wind And The Lion

The Wind And The Lion
German gunners range in on the U.S. Marines as they cross the vill. Figures are Old Glory German Sea Battalion conversions. Archway by Miniature Building Authority.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Colonial Steam Launches

Colonial Steam Launches  - 28mm

Kaiser's Revenge Scenario action, Morocco 1903. German Marines landing in El Safir with fire support from the Gunboat "Angriff". The Envoy must be rescued and the Bashaw's Black Guard brought to justice. The honor of Germany is at stake!

The Marines are aboard steam launches built by Last Stand Dan made out of the cool long boats from the great folks at Firelock Games in their "Blood & Plunder" range. He made a new deck and added a custom made boiler. He also made a separate interchangeable deck with a mast to give this boat even more versatility. With the inserts this boat can be used as a steam launch, sail boat, or removed and used as a standard long boat / row boat. This is an excellent boat as is by itself as a long boat or landing boat from the 17th century to the early 20th century. Highly recommended!

Here's a couple more pics from the recent running of this scenario at the HMGS-South convention Hurrion held each year in Kissimmee / Orlando Florida. We used "The Sword And The Flame" for the land portions of the game and "Gunboat & Dhow!" our TSATF Variant for the naval portions of the game.  An AAR of this game will be forthcoming....

                               Steam Launches - Land in El Safir

           German Marines disembark while Moroccan gunners load canister! 

Below is an excerpt from Dan's site about the above steam launches and a pic of the kit before modifications.
One of the boat ideas I have been playing around for a long time was that of a Steam Launch.  A year ago when discussing the idea of a Launch, I met my new friends at Firelock Games ( who make that great game of Blood and Plunder.  I found they made a very nice looking longboat which turned into what you will see here.  With a few conversions and some boiler creation help from Mr. Doug Wildfong, you will see my rendition of what I think is a very nice Colonial Steam launch.  I hope you like it.

Sgt G

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