They were used from the French and Indian War well into the 19th century.
My blockhoulse has a stone groundfloor and a timber upper storey, the latter with gun ports. The cardboard roof is covered with shingles. Instead of a look-out there is a central chimney.
|The Ansbach grenadiers (Warlord Games figures) are added for size comparison|
Here are some more pictures of the thing:
|The groundfloor with the fireplace|
|The upper storey with machcolis, trapdoor and a cannon|
|Detail of the gun port|
|An attacker's view of the machcolis|