Cardstock Model Ships
These splendid ships, each with her grace, her glory,
Her memory of old song or comrade's story,
They are grander things than all the art of towns;
Their tests are tempests and the sea that drowns.
They mark our passage as a race of men--
Earth will not see such ships as those again.
- John Masefield
Free Bonus! Printable naval ensigns for your ships!
Most of the models can be used to represent the ships of many nations on the game table, since naval architecture didn't always follow national lines, and ships occasionally changed hands. The one thing that always differentiated them at sea was the flag.
Here are pages of 17th-to-late-18th century naval ensigns from several nations with which to decorate your models, so you can fight with them on any of the Seven Seas.
Paper modelling has been popular for decades in Europe and the Orient, and has recently experienced a resurgence on the internet. It provides a medium that is detailed, inexpensive, and yet remarkably durable for wargame miniatures.