This fortress is now about thirty years old, looking very much the worse or wear and of course never used in a table top game.
It's made almost entirely from polystyrene (the old ceiling tile stuff) and hence is very fragile and having been moved many times from room to room it does show a lot of damage. In addition I've also managed to lose the entrance fortification that sat in front of the gateway.
The photograph at the top is heavily photo-shopped and I've included the buildings shown in last week's post too, so it does look like a city in a Vauban-style fortress (at least it does with my failing eyesight. The figures that can just be seen are 28mm pirates (either Redoubt or Foundry).
|It is big !|
It needs a 60 inch diameter circle of table to fit it on!
|The side of the bastion is about 6", to accommodate two gun models.|
|Aerial view with above bastion in centre bottom.|
|Looking much better when filled with houses.|
|The wall between the two bastions is about 9" long, accommodating two battalions|
|28mm Pirate firing over the parapet, whilst a smaller 30mm civilian watches|
|Another view with the whole set-up lying on a double bed (just)|
This was the first of several large models I've built over the years, another "star-fort" with six bastions was made for a friend, with accompanying siege lines and was about 6 foot in diameter!Sadly no photographs of that particular model survived.
Mine is designed (badly on reflection) so that it can be taken apart and various parts can be abutted onto a table edge for a game ( a bit like my "Pony Wars' " fort (LINK))
And that's it for another week in my nostalgic tour of gaming "in the old days", when armies were painted and terrain was made and all of which would never be used !
Thanks for taking the time to visit, here's hoping that you've found something of interest and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.
I'll also be trying to catch up on my backlog of blogs to visit as time and real-life allows!