Monday 31 December 2012

Fortress fever (1) - sloping front walls

After much thought I decided a sloping wall on the front of the fortess wall sections would definitely look better; so I removed the faux ditch in front of the sections and added a slope to the front wall
The stonework on the fortress was done using a paper sheet, unfortunately when I went to order some more I found it was no longer in production (aaargh !). So I scanned the back of one the straight fotress sections and made up a replacement paper sheet - slightly lighter (as close as I could could get to the colour); I tried it out on one of the bastions and added a 'sally port' door at the same time
Looked OK, so the rest of the sections were finished off ..
with that done I've been sketching out some plans for ditch, covered way and glacis to go in front. I think I can fit in a something representational without losing too much table space.

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 !

Sunday 23 December 2012

Happy Xmas

Tis the last post before Xmas ...
A royal command performance is about to start, the compere has just finished the introduction and welcome...
Unfortunately space does not permit the showing of all the acts taking part in the performance, so here are some of them ....

Herr Beiderbeck gave a dazzling display of virtuosity on the harpscichord, interspersed with witty banter...
The court poet read his latest work..
The singing nuns from the priory of Waldemart sang works by Hildegard of Bingen..
The highlight of the evening were the double act Moribundt and Weiss, fresh from a tour of northern europe - their 'Duke Lobster & Valet' was a rousing success ...
Jives: How is you aunt ?
Duke Lobster: Not very well her nose fell off
Jives: How does she smell
Duke Lobster:: Horrible !
Duke Lobster: I say Jives, do you have the scrolls ?
Jives: No it's just the way I walk....

A Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to All

Saturday 22 December 2012


Herr Beiderbeck, the master of the Kings's music, leads the palace ensemble in rehearsals...
[I've added 3 figures from JacDaw to my existing ensemble and given them a new livery - figs etc: harpsichord player: OldGlory UK (from pack OGP020); harpsichord - scratchbuilt; ensemble - 4 from Tradition; 3 from JacDaw (pack LWC02)]

Wednesday 19 December 2012

Palace Servants ...

With all the extra people expected at the palace this Xmas, additional servants have been hired and a new livery introduced.

[servants : 2 from Jacdaw; 1 from Old Glory, the rest from Brigade Games Milady and Household Staff (BG-MSW008)]

Saturday 15 December 2012

A briefing for the King ...

Late one afternoon in the library, the King heard the knock from the large lectern,
He pressed the release catch for the secret door and was greeted by Count Hermann, 'Ready your Majesty ?', the king climbed into the lectern and they worked their way down the steep stone steps into the passages and cellars under the palace. 'This way your Majesty' said the Count ...
They arrived in one of the larger cellars; here Count Hermann had setup his 'operations' room; it was here he collated information from border patrols, spies and reports from ambassadors..
The Field Marshall joined them to dicuss the current status of the border wars in the south-west with  Saxe-Jarlsberg and the state of the Monrovian army.
Following the briefing, the King and the Count used another of the passages and came up inside the small cottage in the palace grounds - after a quick dust off they emerged to have a brief walk ....
After returning to the palace the King changed his clothes and joined his wife and some of the court for a spot of tiffin. 

Thursday 13 December 2012

A few more ecclesiasticals...

Some nuns and monks from Conquest Games ...

Monday 10 December 2012

40mm: Artillery 'reworks' completed...

Saxe-Jarlsberg's allies, Hesse-Limburger, now have their own artillery contigent -  limber set from NZ molds, gun and crew from Irregular Miniatures.
Count Pottsendorf watches the Hesse-Limburger artillery at drill
The artillery from Wittenbergs' Zinzendorf provice have received a new limber set from NZ molds.
I've replaced the guns for the Wittenberg artillery with some from Sash & Sabre but used some Irregular Miniatures gun barrels instead - existing NZ limbers sets have been repainted - all in the gun colours used by the Duchy of Saxony (crew unchanged - these were cast from Creartec molds).
General Waldebeck watches the new Wittenberg artillery at practice