For a long time I had wanted to build a small earthen fortification that could be used on the table. My friend Horst and me agreed that a fort or redoubt should be built in a modular form. So I started planning. First I drew a sketch of the cross-section of the wall.
|cross-section of the wall and ditch|
I started with three straight sections of the wall, using 4mm plywood as a base and for the sides and the buld-up of the parapet. The front of the wall was then smeared with an olive-green coloured filler. And I then continued with four rectangular corners, a door section, and a section with a gun emplacement. The abatis palisades I added after everything had dried. They were cut from small sticks of oakwood I had collected sometime in the past (you never know what things like this can be used for, just keep them in your cellar).
|The fort before the final finish, arranged as a simple redoubt shape and without stairs|
|The gun emplacement under construction (equipped with a British 6-pounder by Pipe-and-Drum)|
|The door section with Anspach grenadiers (figures by Warlord Games)|
|The redoubt with a wet ditch (made of printed cardboard and plywood borders),|
here the stairs in the corners are added
|The entrance to the redoubt with removable bridge|
|Redoubt with gun empacement and a 18-pounder naval gun|
|A small fort consisting of a blockhouse with cicumvallation|
|The flèche guarding the entrance, with chevaux de frise, |
made of rocket sticks (collected on New Years Day) and toothpicks
|Seen from the interior|