This blog will will contain my rather pedantic ramblings on my experiences within the miniature war gaming hobby. There will be informative how-to’s, thrilling battle reports and thought provoking editorials. I fully expect that history will one day view the contents of this blog on par with Homer’s Illiad or Newton’s Principalia. Or it's a complete waste of time.
I need a fort for my upcoming game at Historicon and couldn't find any ready made forts that I liked or wanted to pay the asking prices, so I've elected to try and build one myself. The first picture shows three fort sections as they stand at the end of today. While there's a lot of detail work to do, not a bad start for a few hours work. I'm planning to make up to 6 feet of fort sections and hopefully will get this done in the next few weeks. Sorry for all the ships in the back ground - I've been too lazy to pick up last thursday's Trafalgar game.
The fort construction is pretty simple, first the wooden walls are made out of thin stir sticks that are 1/4 inch wide. The long lengths are 3 inches and the shorter ones 2.75 inches. Each wall section is 11.25 inches long. I actually started building these was section first without even having a plan for the fort. Plans? Who needs plans?
Since these pieces will be traveling, they needs to be very sturdy and the under structure of the fort is made from 1x3 and 1x2 pine stock affixed with wood glue in an "L" shape. The base for each wall section is some marine grade plywood I had left over from a boat project which was already cut to 7 inches wide.
The wood planking for the sides and fighting platform where then glued to the pine stock under structures. I'll fill in the gap on the inside of the fort with pink stuff and then add flocking to represent turf.
Here's a shot with one section of the fort and the gate "populated" by 28mm figures - in this case some recently completed Dacians. I haven't decided if the lower front of the fort (below the planking) will be stone work or turf. Turf seems to be easier to do and may lend the fort to more uses than just ancients. I think it would make a fun objective for a game of Saga.
The last shot is from the rear of the fort. As you can see, there is a good bit of work do adding earthen ramps and such. This has been a very fun project so far and I'm looking forward to seeing it completed. I haven't figured out how to make the gate as I want it to be able to open and shut. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.