Welcome to "Adventures in Lead", a blog dedicated to the hobby of miniature wargaming. The figures and terrain on this site are mainly for a campaign set in exotic "Indostan", a distant land bearing remarkable similarities to 18th century India during the Seven Years War. Bits and pieces from other projects may pop up here as well from time to time, including colonials, gladiators, pirates, dinosaur-hunting and even some RPG'ing.
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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Barbary Corsair "Tartane"

I scratch-built this ship from foam board and card. It is modeled off Gary Chalk's ship's boat template that comes with his pirate ship plans. (Click the images to enlarge)

I scoured the Net for images of Barbary Corsair ships and the closest images I found were of xebecs. It seems that the Corsairs used different ships throughout their infamous reign, including captured European vessels. I required something more exotic than a captured brig, but something a little smaller than a xebec.

I found reference to a smaller Mediterranean tartane, and although found no actual reference that Corsairs possessed them, used that as inspiration. The lateen sails gives it the exotic look I desired.

I used cheap jewelry beads as decoration and some Eureka swivel guns and cannons from http://minimi.co.uk/pirates/.

Below, the notorious Barbary Corsair captain, Faruq Reis, and his corsairs set sail.

Below "The Dervish" is in action, up against a British sloop.

1 comment:

  1. Great job! For sure the corsairs from the Deylicate of Bizercca also would appreciate it.