It’s been a long process but I finally completed my Fluyt tonight. These big ships are major projects! I have a chance to play a 350 point sea game this weekend so I focused on getting this ship finished this week. Up to this point a Brigantine is the largest ship I’ve used (I have a Frigate but I haven’t built it yet).
It’s hard to see them with all the messy background here, but I added a few extra lines beyond what the rigging guide suggested.
For 350 points, I can fully equip the Fluyt with 54 models, medium cannons, 3 Master Gunners, a Carpenter, a Son of Neptune and Grapeshot. The decks can’t really hold much more.
I have been using thin craft foam for my sails but I decided I didn’t like the stark white so I switched to some textured ivory scrapbook paper for my sails this time. I used a pen to add stitching a some detail on the sail cloth and I’m pretty happy with. The heavy paper was easy work with.
I plan to run this ship in a 350 point game this weekend and I’ll be sure to write up a battle report.
The Fluyt felt like a major project but the Galleon is much larger! I think I need a break before I jump in on another large ship.
I plan to finish another set of European Soldiers, the Ship’s Pilot and a few more Natives before I start another ship.
Have you used a Fluyt in battle yet? How did it work for you? The decks are smaller than I thought which means I can’t use really large units. I’m interested in seeing how it plays against the Light Frigate.