We are so close! Le Havre

We are so close! Le Havre

We fell in love with the board game Le Havre by U Rosenberg and felt that we would love to make a ship to look at while we are playing the game that doubles as a token holder and board organiser. Here is an update on the design. The design itself is now finished for this epic ship, however we are currently facing some printing challenges and we need to ensure this project is economically viable. We are fairly confident we will get there. Just going to take a bit more time, and print more prototypes... A few times during the design we almost abandoned the project, thinking it wasn't possible.

The vision of this ship was born as soon as a box of Le Havre was opened for the first time:

  • It had to be a steel ship design (but obviously printed in plastic)
  • It had to hold ALL the tokens (but not the coins)
  • It had to fit in the box and leave room for the card decks and coins
  • It had to be easy to assemble and dissemble
  • It had to hold together well as a complete ship

Here are some development photos of the ship in French colours, and named after the iconic port of Le Havre https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_of_Le_Havre

it all fits perfectly in the box

So many tokens - fur, wheet, cows, fish, wood, bricks, steel and coal. No more bowls on the table holding all the tokens. There are cards in the tower, and the round tokens (ship food) under the crew quarters.

Here we are play testing LeHavre - my husband won :-(

Thought we would share a post of the front hull printing - 5 hours into the print, about 24 hours remaining... this will be our 5th print of this hull section as the previous 4 weren't acceptable! Overcoming the challenges of 3D printing - many prototypes, print settings, and different slicing programs to find that perfect print - sometimes its just a bug in the software ;-)

Note: 3D tokens, upgraded items and organisers are in no way affiliated or endorsed by the producers of the board games we are designing organisers and components for. Artwork is completely original and designed in our own imagination and style from scratch. Our coming soon blog is sometimes used as a thoughts process in our design work and are experimental or conceptual for the board games we own. They may not become available for sale and are purely conceptual. As with all art work and creativity process, some things work out, some we trash, some we shelve, or only use for ourselves. Before we decide to make a product available we carefully assess if they are suitable to sell, that they pass certain criteria, including but not limited to play testing, durability testing, printing feasibility, effort, and any other costs associated to sell or produce and share. We are a very small business so we do not have the means sometimes to make these available, but our enjoyment comes in this hobby from others enjoying the creations we have made. If you like our creations we would love to hear from you.

Back to blog

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.