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U-BOOT THE BOARDGAME

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About the Project

This project has several aspects for me. First, the game itself (painting, transporting, playing), then the technical / historical background of the submarine war in the II Worldwar and then the exploration of the fate of a fallen soldier, my great-uncle Paul.

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Captains Log Day 16 - Finishing the box

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Everything is in the box – and a bit more. I still need a cover for the inlays, and then I remembered Bob Ross …..

...and a happy little cloud here.......and a happy little cloud here....

Now I can pack everything – all I have to do is paint the markers …

Captains Log Day 15 - it depends on the packaging

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Even though the submarine board game is already coming in a smart box, I’d like to wrap it up a bit more navy style overall . Now I have finally found a cheap and usable wooden box in the hardware store

in cm L60 B40 H16 - price is 15 euro completin cm L60 B40 H16 - price is 15 euro complet

I will decorate the box and provided with inlays, so that I can safely store everything from sea water and transport even in rough seas.

Captains Log Day 15 - it depends on the packaging

Captains Log Day 14 - aye aye sir

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Captains Log Day 14 - aye aye sir

Captains Log Day 13 - more things to paint

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Captains Log Day 13 - more things to paint

 the all-in-pledge upgrades for enviroment and supply – gives the game a bit more 3D feeling

Captains Log Day 12- Crew painted

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All together now...All together now...

As i told before, in this game the colours of bases have a meaning.They are assigned to a specific officer and of course must remain after painting. I tried to reconcile the basic color of the figure with the base color so as not to create too much contrast. And of course, the uniforms should look the way they look when used on a submarine for weeks, oily.

Captains Log Day 11 - Honor the dead

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In the small town of Heikendorf near Kiel / Germany there is a memorial to the fallen German submarine men.

U-Boot Ehrenmal MöltenortU-Boot Ehrenmal Möltenort

At this memorial, the names of all fallen and missing German submarine soldiers of both world wars are listed

From 1939 to 1945 there were 30,003 fallen soldiers and 739 sunken boats.

Captains Log Day 10 - all crates ready for the crew

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Captains Log Day 10  - all crates ready for the crew

I am not sure at the moment – do i need inlays ?

Captains Log Day 9 - The sailer crate - finished the first of four

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As announced, i pimp some little wooden boxes to store the tokens, markers and so on…

the boxthe box

I painted this really cheap boxes with a mix of black and white and then I have attached a few hanging hemp rope on the sides.

Maybe I personalize the boxes for the Captain, the Navigator, the First Officer and the Chief Engineer……

Captains Log Day 8 - The movie "DAS BOOT"

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There is a novel adaptation about the experiences of a German submarine crew in World War II – the film is called “THE BOAT”, dates from 1981 and has won several awards.

 

Das Boot - the movie crewDas Boot - the movie crew

I highly recommend this film for those who want to experience the subject first hand. On youtube there are a lot of English-language excerpts.

 

for example, this alert diving

 

Captains Log Day 7 - The crew

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To steer a boat you need a crew and these are beside the officers also simple sailors.

On board submarines of this class were between 24 and 40 crew members. And only the captain had a small niche separated by a curtain. All the others had to share the beds – after guard duty.

This games comes with 16 figures - all diverent poses - thats niceThis games comes with 16 figures - all diverent poses - thats nice

I want to paint these figures and there is a problem. When priming with spray, I over-paint the color of the bases. But they are assigned in the game.


– Green for the navigator
– White for the captain
– Blue for the first officer
– Brown for the first engineer

Simply making the assignment according to the shape of the base is no solution, because then the poses no longer match the action.

So I’ll have to work through each one in turn.

Captains Log Day 6 - Stow cargo properly

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This game comes with – suprise – no dices, but approx 100 cards and more than 200 tokens – of course.

Small selectionSmall selection

I agree with Justin and do not like either zip bags to store these things so i have to find another solution.

First, I try to convert a small wooden box (9x7x13 cm) – which already exists for one Euro in the craft shop – into a material box, as it was used on submarines. The color should be about gray-black (I use tinting colours) – then I still need Kriegsmarine – signs and ropes on the sides as handles. I would like something similar for the whole game.

Token and card boxes - first stepsToken and card boxes - first steps

Captains Log Day 5 - Hunter and hunted

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If you want to dive deep into such a topic, then you need to read specialist literature. A standard work on submarine warfare is that of Clay Blair, an American author. He has been spying and gathering material for years. Two volumes with a total of over 2000 pages of specialist knowledge – that will take a while.

Clay Blair - Die Jäger (1939-1942) und die Gejagten (1942-1945)Clay Blair - Die Jäger (1939-1942) und die Gejagten (1942-1945)

Even the titles of the two books provide information about the course of the U-boat war for the Germans.

 

 

  • ISBN-10: 345312345X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3453123458

 

Captains Log Day 4 - The Boat

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The Game comes with a 1:72 Paper-Modell of the boat – thats approx 90 cm.

It consists of a total of 17 individual parts – for transport, it can be easily disassembled into only 3 parts

 

3 parts of the boat modell3 parts of the boat modell
There are individual cards for each section in the boat that play a role later in the game.
Captains Log Day 4 - The Boat

I try once to contrast some of the individual section of the boat model real photos

Captains Log Day 3 - Rest in peace PAUL

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Of 40,000 German U-boat soldiers of the Kriegsmarine, 30,000 have remained at sea forever. One of them was my great-uncle Paul (Paulchen) Meier.

Paul MaierPaul Maier

Paul was only 20 years old at the end of the war in 1945 and he has been missing ever since. The last location announcement of his boat was the Atlantic off Norway.

Captains Log Day 2 - in the engine room

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This game is about a class VII C submarine. In this type two different engines were used – both operated with diesel – one is the MAN MV 40/46 and the other is the Krupp F46.

the engine room of a class VII C submarinethe engine room of a class VII C submarine

Specification of the MAN MV 40/46

 – single-acting 4-stroke diesel
– M6V 40/46 (6 cylinder rowmotor) rowmoter)

– 1050 hp at 470 rpm as a naturally aspirated engine
– 1400 hp to 1600 hp at 470 to 490 rpm with charge

Specification of the Krupp F46

– similar to MV 40/46; Bore 400 mm, stroke 460 mm
– Single-acting 6-cylinder 4-stroke inline diesel engine with supercharging  
(Roots compressor)
– 1400 to 1600 hp

 

 

as a all in backer i recieved two types of motors - a diesel and a electric engine - so how to paint ?as a all in backer i recieved two types of motors - a diesel and a electric engine - so how to paint ?

Captains Log Day 1 on Sea

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After unpacking I realized that you need a lot of space for this game. The boat itself is 90 cm long and if you want to place the game components properly, you need a bit of space.

 

Luckily, my wife allows me to set up the home-built game board in the living room.Luckily, my wife allows me to set up the home-built game board in the living room.

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