Saturday, 29 December 2012

Fortress and siege fieldworks...

At the beginning of last year I posted some piccies of prints depicting the stages of a siege (see here). I had intended to sort out my fortress bits and siege fieldworks over the year - not achieved at all - although I had thought about it a couple of times. So in order to get on with it in the new year I got all my relevant scenic items out for a setup to see how things shaped up.

The fortress walls and bastions can be arranged in two ways, the first arrangement provides a projection from the back or side of the table.
the second arrangement sits in one corner of the table..
with an alternate section provided to represent a breach
I'm not satisfied with my fortress sections, they really need a sloping wall at the front and if possible I would like to have a representation of the covered way - so a little bit of rework is need. In addition I would like to rework the extra defences to the main gate. I'll be delving into the two main two reference books that I have for some inspiration:
  • Fire & Stone: The Science of Fortress Warfare, 1660-1860, by Christopher Duffy
  • The Vauban Fortifications of France (Osprey Fortress no 42)
The next thing I did was to put out all my field works to see if I could form some parallels and saps
Not quite enough, but I have some spare materials to build some more and will need to add more gabions if possible.

So plenty to keep me busy - my first project for the new year !


  1. Beautiful fortress - long wanted to do seige warfare but never got around to it .

  2. This is one of those projects that I've long wanted to build and never really got around to.

    Though sloping walls are desirable, I rather think that simplifying things the way you makes for a reasonable compromise. I form the impression that table space is at a premium (I am similarly placed). Overall, I think your city walls are very well constructed and finished.

  3. Looks good so far. I wouldn't worry about the slope of the walls. From a distance its not that noticeable in the real thing and given the distorted vertical vs horizontal scale in wargames there is no really correct solution. I love the stome work, was that done by had or was it some sort of applique?

    A covered way on the other hand is vital for playing out the siege.
    Rob Dean has some pictures of the construction of the fortress we used for a Fire & Stone/Charge! siege last year in case that is of any help or inspiration.

  4. Looking excellent so far.

    Another fortress book you may like is "Vauban and the French Military Under Louis XIV: An Illustrated History of Fortifications and Strategies" by Jean-Denis Lepage. Rather pricey on UK Amazon but there may be other sources.