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The Cobalt Flotilla is a home for a nomadic, seafaring community. It consists of a number of vessels, large and small. Now, the thing that makes the flotilla unique is when they come together. They tether their ships to each other, lay out planks and rope bridges to connect them and form a sort of island where they can all get together to trade, make decisions as a group, and so on.
To make it more interesting, I decided that I wanted all the ships to be really different. There will be some European-style ships, of course, but a lot of European ships tend to share a similar basic shape and layout and I wanted to draw some REALLY different ships in there. So I did some research and I found a few. Where did I find them, you ask? Asia. Allow me to introduce some highly interesting ships you may not be familiar with:
- Atakebune – A Japanese warship, largely used as boarding vessels. (Wikipedia)
- Turtle Ship – A Korean warship with a completely enclosed upper deck, covered with spikes to deter boarders.
- Karakoa – A double-outrigger raiding ship from the Philippines.
- Drua – A double-hulled ship for Fijian chieftains.
I’m also going to include some riverboats, rafts, longboats and smaller vessels to give it even more variety.
Also, I’ve decided to draw the ships separately. I’ll make a map of the assembled flotilla tethered together, of course, but drawing them separately means I can make maps of each individual ship as well so you can use them independently. And I’ll make tokens of the ones that are too small to warrant their own map.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know what was happening. I’m gonna go draw some boats!
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