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Cole Wehrle
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So Mayday put out a call awhile back to see if folks would be interested in wooden ships. Any plans for spaceships?

I let that idea simmer a little bit and decided to try my hand at a design. They would be about as thick as their farmer meeples.

I wanted to follow a simple progression of shapes (triangles, pentagon, and hex) with nice clean lines. I thought the minimalist look would suit Eclipse's subdued graphics and also provide a nice counterpoint to what can be a very busy board. I also would want them flat as it makes for easy stacking. End board clutter!

Any thoughts? Or, mayday/anyone with production capacity, any plans for ships?

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I like the idea of wooden ships however i would like to see some nice miniatures for a somewhat decent price...
Twilight imperium units work pretty well if you own that game.


Spartan games has some excellent miniatures that fit the right size, although expensive if you want to cover the whole game and all six races.
Following is the link for those of you interested:

http://www.spartangames.co.uk/games/firestorm-armada

Click on the store and firestorm armada for more info if desired.

The cruisers are roughly the same size as the battleships in eclipse.
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I like the idea of wooden ships however i would like to see some nice miniatures for a somewhat decent price...
Twilight imperium units work pretty well if you own that game.


Spartan games has some excellent miniatures that fit the right size, although expensive if you want to cover the whole game and all six races.
Following is the link for those of you interested:

http://www.spartangames.co.uk/games/firestorm-armada

Click on the store and firestorm armada for more info if desired.

The cruisers are roughly the same size as the battleships in eclipse.


I like the look of those ships.

I find Eclipse to be an extraordinarily efficient game as far as its graphic design is concerned and that efficiency clashes with miniatures (whether they are the retro minis of the current game or something for lavish). I do appreciate the links though.

I had thought about putting a "nose" on the different designs, but, with the losses in stack-ability and chunkiness I'm having a hard time justifying it.

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I should add that the abstract quality of meeples seems fitting for a game of such customization.
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Cole Wehrle wrote:



I like those. thumbsup
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Nice work, I like the designs and the idea of stackable ships would really keep the ship organization under control.

Also goes well with the rest of the wood components.
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I'd stay away from the Firestorm Armada ships. First of all they are huge. Most are around 3"-5", too big to fit on hexes.

Second is that Russ from the D6G mentioned trying to get some for his copy of Eclipse but found that all the ships, despite being of different classes, were still mostly similar in size.

There's also plenty of other good miniature manufacturers.

The one I'm looking at is:

Zandris IV miniatures
http://z4miniatures.blogspot.com/

They have ships that are pretty much copies of the ships from the Homeworld PC game.
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I like the designs you came up with, Cole.
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Very nice and clean design. I really like it.
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Thumbed it last night but wanted to say that you've done a great job at capturing abstract spaceships.
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I like them. A model for the starbases would complete the set.
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I like them. A model for the starbases would complete the set.


I was going to mock something up. Likely a cross with concentric circle. As for the other pieces, I was thinking about orbitals as a ring that could fit a cube and the monolith, well that one kinda explains itself.
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How hard is it to manufacture wooden pieces like this?

I bet these could be made with a laser engraver in plastic as well.
 
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I would be happy to cut these in acrylic if given permission.
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I would be happy to cut these in acrylic if given permission.


And I would be happy to buy them.
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nate_lockhart wrote:
bengkohn wrote:
I would be happy to cut these in acrylic if given permission.


And I would be happy to buy them.


As would I.
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Cole Wehrle wrote:
Whymme wrote:
I like them. A model for the starbases would complete the set.


I was going to mock something up. Likely a cross with concentric circle. As for the other pieces, I was thinking about orbitals as a ring that could fit a cube and the monolith, well that one kinda explains itself.


I really like your ship designs. Have you looked into partnering with Mayday to produce them? I'm quite satisfied with the cardboard orbitals and monoliths that come with the game but wooden ships (and starbases) would be a very tempting upgrade.

(Besides, orbitals and monoliths would have to be in a non-player colour since they can change hands and aren't player specific.)

Edit: clarification
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nate_lockhart wrote:
bengkohn wrote:
I would be happy to cut these in acrylic if given permission.


And I would be happy to buy them.
I, also. And it could be added to my current order!
 
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bengkohn wrote:
I would be happy to cut these in acrylic if given permission.


Permission granted.
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I made a prototype set today, sneaking it in between runs of Pandemic tokens and Arkham Horror trays. Sorry about the pictures, the only camera on me is my phone.



I like everything except the size of the interceptors. I made the sizes 1", 0.75" and 0.5" and I think the 0.5" is too small. Even if I increase the size to 0.75", I don't think it will be confusing as to which is which.

For the starbases, I tried a number of things off of the start that I was graciously given:



They are all too small, but I like some of them. I have clear parts left over from cutting that might work well as a base for these.

Costs look like they will be about $2.50 for a set of 18 (2/4/8/4), so a set of 6 colors would be $15, and 9 would be $22.50. If I can optimize the spacing that might go down, if starbases get a lot bigger, it might go up.
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Those look nice! Thanks for the trays by the way.
I do think I'd prefer wood, but just being able to stack the ships would be nice either way.

Did you think about making orbitals as well? It would be nice to drop a cube into the orbitals; and then there are these guys:



What would they require? I know, I know...patience.

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bengkohn wrote:
I made a prototype set today, sneaking it in between runs of Pandemic tokens and Arkham Horror trays. Sorry about the pictures, the only camera on me is my phone.



I like everything except the size of the interceptors. I made the sizes 1", 0.75" and 0.5" and I think the 0.5" is too small. Even if I increase the size to 0.75", I don't think it will be confusing as to which is which.

Those look nice! How about just increasing the size of each by 1/4"? Or is the big cruiser just too big then?
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I can do wood, but not until I am caught up with my orders. It would take time (=$) to get them painted, unless you wanted to do it!

Orbitals is an excellent idea.

If by that photo you mean a tray to hold techs and stuff, I had this discussion in another thread. I'm probably going to make them for myself, but I can't see them going commercial. They would be a frame, not a tray to get the height, and would probably be too expensive.


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Those look nice! Thanks for the trays by the way.
I do think I'd prefer wood, but just being able to stack the ships would be nice either way.

Did you think about making orbitals as well? It would be nice to drop a cube into the orbitals; and then there are these guys:



What would they require? I know, I know...patience.

 
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ScottE wrote:

Those look nice! How about just increasing the size of each by 1/4"? Or is the big cruiser just too big then?


I think that is actually the way to go, even if I need to up a set to $3. I could probably make sets of 6 or 9 for the same price, sort of a bulk discount.
 
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I'd recommend three-dimensional monoliths so they rise above the board and call attention to themselves.
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Those look great. I'm a fan of the wood myself but the acrylic looks very nice. I'm happy with the modifications to the Starport as well.
 
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