17th Century Naval Cannon

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  1. Tirick

    Tirick Member

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    I've aluded to this project in other threads, but as it is very close to completion I think it a great time to show some teaser build shots. This (like most of my models) will be available in 1:50 and 1:35 scale, and will eventually be accompanied by an appropriate British Naval crew.

    The title says it all, but the cannon will be made of detailed components and will feature a pivoting (elevation) assembly, potentially moving wheels and chock-block wedges for elevation support. I've not decided yet (although if I do it will extend release probably until Christmas) but I may include a second bore size with a shorter barrel. (I'd estimate this at the standard 32 lb shot, although at this scale it is really impossible to notice minor variations).

    This is the first of my builds that was fully textured before I printed any part of it, with only minor component details (rivets, etc) missing from the final wood carriage textures. It might be hard to tell from the pictures, but the detail on the cannon is laminate build-up, a feature which worked better than I hoped. Note that the second shot is showing the barrel assembly, which fits into the cannon exterior tube.

    I intend to work on the carriage tomorrow, and will likely have it complete (sans wheels) for more shots then.

    Enjoy!
    Tirick


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    (yes, I'm building two; as two fit on a page currently)
  2. Tirick

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    I've finished the carriage assembly, and all that awaits are the wheels and struts. Sadly the carriage alone puts the guns to high to mount in the Maiden but they still look fantastic. This has been one of the easiest of my prototypes to assemble, and comes close to the top in my list of favorites thus far (of my own models).

    Two component sets

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    Top View

    Top and Side

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    Barrel view

    Enjoy!
    Tirick
  3. Tirick

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    I've finished the full assembly (of the modeled components), and aside from some minor tweaks, I think it works quite well. I've included some pictures with a 35mm Reaper miniature for scaling. As 35mm is very close to 1:50, I'm certain you'll get the idea. The entire model is about 5cm long, or 2.5 m (8 ft, 2 inches (or so)) to scale. I've built it with freely rotating wheels and a loose wedge (although the little blighter does keep falling out when shifted). Easy enough to tack them in place if you prefer. I hope to finish the modifications (and blocks/tools) and instructions within a few weeks, so easily before Christmas.

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    Components

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    Another shot

    Top View

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    Enjoy!
    Tirick
  4. Tirick

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    I've been playing around a little this morning, and I have a rough mock-up now for the cannon emplacement. It's not textured, but will serve as a good tool to showcase the gun and the blocks/tools that will be included (not yet modeled). I'll eventually clean it up and texture it, perhaps detailing better the upper deck. I know that the deck is probably a little tall (I've use a touch more than 6 ft from the deck to the beams), but it will show a little better this way I suspect.

    I also did some closer examinations of my measurements. This bore is closer to an 18 lb shot, rather that the 32 I'd assumed. As such it is more suited to an upper deck, or 'castle, although some frigates still carried 18-24 pounders on their main gun deck.

    Off to model the bits...

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    Enjoy!
    Tirick
  5. Tommygun

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    Very impressive work.
    I need to sit down and design a bronze octagon barreled cannon for a small ship.
    Nothing as detailed as yours, but your work work gives me ideas.
  6. Tirick

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    I'm glad I could be an inspiration. Were I tackling that I would likely start with a 12-sided tapered cylinder, easy enough in a 3d modeling program (I use Blender).

    I have some texture tweaking to do (I'm not happy with the carriage), but all of the modeling is now complete. I've attached some pictures so that you can see what to expect with regards to the parts that will be included.

    While I will not be texturing it anytime soon, I will make available the 'set' parts for posing and display purposes. I imagine I will just bundle it in with the cannon itself.

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    Note that the third image shows the blocks that open the gunport. There are also little ring-bolts that will be included to attach to the gunport door.

    I have the 'set' parts printed and I hope to have (assuming I can find thread/twine in the right sizes) a display put together within a week or so.

    Enjoy!
    Tirick
  7. Tirick

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    Emplacement rough-ins are now built. I have an upper deck section, but for display I may use a clear acetate panel. Aside from some minor adjustments to the door, I'm nearly done. All of the components are modeled and printed, I hope to build those over the next few days.

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    With instructions and the holidays I imagine this will drift into a new-year release.

    Enjoy!
    Tirick
  8. Tirick

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    The Naval cannon, complete with fittings, tools and emplacement, is now available in the TCF Gaming store. In the next week or so I plan to put together a proper diorama with some of the display options. I don't have 'duck' trousers modeled yet to show figurines with, but I imagine the tunic and trousers of the Man at Arms set might serve for a sans culottes seaman.

    Enjoy!
    Tirick
  9. Tirick

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    The diorama is now complete, using a bit of thin thread, embroidery floss and parts from the Man at Arms and Expansion. Needless to say, I'm quite pleased with the result (although its used up my 'store' of pre-built figurine components).

    I've a large collection of images, although I'll only display a few here, the rest will be in the inline links.

    To start, I've a few shots of the emplacement before I added figures. I regret not using a white background, but its too late to correct now. I used thick thread for the tackle and embroidery floss for the cascabel rope. The floss is very lightly woven, so I had a bit of a fight keeping it together. They are about 1" and 2" to scale respectively (I built it to 1:50).

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    A side angle

    Top down

    Another angle

    Assembling the figures took about 2-3 hours, about 1/2 hour per figure. I only modeled 5, rather than the typical 6 as I do not have a figure suitable for a powder monkey. These first few shots are before I touched up the white spaces, to give you an idea of the detail right from assembly.

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    Side View

    Along the gun

    From above

    Another angle

    To give you a sense of scale, the whole assembly fits in the palm of my hand:

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    Finally, I took a 1/2 hour to touch up the obvious whitespaces, and present the final diorama.

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    Side view

    Along the gun

    Opposite side

    Bit of a top-angle view

    Enjoy!
    Tirick
  10. luanoon

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    very impressive