Thought I may as well share these - not something often seen. Fantasy style landing craft (ala LOTR or Robin Hood). I built a few of these for 28mm figures.
The ramps are hinged and the chains actually work (they run through metal loops) .
They turned out ok I thought. I have now built some for 10/12mm figures (warmaster) which are a little smaller.....
At this size I had to make them with a plasticard core otherwise they would be too soft and easily broken. The ramps are on hinges again but are so light they naturally fall open after 20mins so i have added little brass loops at the top corner to keep them closed. Unfortunately at this scale I could not repeat the chain method.
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Interesting landing craft were used by Richard I for an assault landing at Jaffa in 1192 as well as by Saint Louis during the 7th Crusade in 1249. So it was not beyond the bounds of possibility for them to have been used during the First Barons War.
grant wrote:So maybe a bit more accurate than we all think!
I expect that they would have been shallow draft galleys or the 'skiffs' he used for the assault landing at Limassol in 1191. In each case, the landing force was infantry supported by ship mounted artillery with horses being brought ashore behind the leading waves.
Still it's understandable that Ridley Scott made do with roughly camouflaged LCAs given H&S/maritime worthiness regs etc.