Simple Barges

I have always had an intention to create some simple functional barges for my armies ever since seeing one in Charles Grants "The Wargame" . So at long last ,after 30 odd years, I've got round to creating some. They are built to a specific size to take exactly two bases of troops (12 figures) with space at front/back for crew and possibly guns.

Construction was relatively simple. I used foamcore rather than balsa as I have a plentiful supply, the bow and stern posts are just scraps of balsa and the sides are thin card, the sort from the back of pads. I picked some that was as thick as possible while still being flexible. Hopefully the pictures give a sufficient idea of the construction.

Why build them now? Well my Frundsberg solo game is just at a stage where a river crossing using barges is about to be fought.


Bluebear Jeff said...

I've used a similar technique to build African "canoes" for my Colonial gaming. Each "canoe" will hold ten native figures.

Your barges are a much more polished design. I like them.

-- Jeff

johnpreece said...

Those are rather nice, very functional and still look the part. They would do at a pinch equally well for invasion barges or a substantial pontoon bridge.

I may well copy you, the only problem is what do I do with all the date boxes I have collected over the past christmases?

Giles said...

Will, those are wonderful. I will definitely return to this post when I need to build something similar for Darkest Africa, or even some marines actions in the AWI!

Best wishes


Anonymous said...

H'mmm -
Methinks my much cruder barges will have to be replaced. The ones pictured here are much nicer. How many figures do your carry?
Ion (Archduke Piccolo)

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Echoing all of the previous comments here. I too have been pondering how to scare up some scratch-built barges, and you've provided just the answer I sought. Well done!

Best Regards,


Fire at Will said...

6 figures per base (12 in total) plus crew