Friday, August 26, 2016

Building a fort - work in progress

building a fort for the carribean area ...

I decided to make use of some of the new buildings I'd been given. Rather than have a large big high walled fort I wanted to go for something not so high, I settled on a height for the wall sections of about 4cm. My initial sketch for the section profile and gun embrasure...
Having settled on the main buildings I wanted to integrate into one potential layout I made some card bases ....
built up the back and sides ...
then added the tops
then the front slopes and backs with cork tile - rough side showing ...
The front of the bases for each section had a bit of trim added (I got the measurements of the bases wrong ! ... too narrow by 2mm) ...
a wall section gets its 'battlement', a sandwich of cork tile with a cardboard central stiffener
coping stones put on ....
 I kept most of the offcuts, very handy for making steps ...
all the sections finished off and in position ....

Materials used in the build
- One and a half tubes of glue
- Two thirds of a pack of cork tiles
- About an A5 area of Daler mounting board
- Five pieces of A4 size 2.5mm thick cardboard

The fort sections can be used stand-alone or integrated with other buildings. I'm also building an alternate gate house. If I want more height for the fort I could add a suitable base.
 
I better get on and paint the fort sections ....

Monday, August 1, 2016

More buildings for the Carribean ...

A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate to have the opportunity to acquire some buildings suitable for the Carribean, 
Having made any minor repairs needed I've started painting them up,  the four smallest ones are done
I used some emulsion paint matchpots for the wall colours and gave them a wash to give them a weather worn look.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

'Maya' Ruins - finished

I painted up the pyramid and added some jungle growth...
 the top need to look more Mayan, so I made up a suitable structure from cardboard and foamboard...
 All painted and shown with the jungle ruins in the foreground, plus a few of my generic indians ..


Thursday, July 14, 2016

'Maya' Ruins (WIP)

For possible further adventures in the area of the Honduras, I've been working on some stone ruins - a low pyramid and a couple of generic walled buildings.

I was given a bag of large wall sections resin castings,  these were just right to make the main structure of the small pyramid and the walls of two ruined buildings
 a check for size in some jungle bits, looking OK..
 for the pyramid I started by creating the bottom layer in the corners using cardboard and then filling in the steps with layers of foamboard
 all steps are done, every 3 steps up has a longer step for a figure ...
 Added two more layers and the top - all of the basic structure done..
need to add some rubble to the ruins, paint them and then add suitable plastic foliage. I may keep the pyramid not to overgrown.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Gettting Back to Malize ....

A British colony in the Bay of Honduras called 'British Honduras' has been established at the behest of the governor of Jumeida (and with agreement with the spanish). The main aim to cut logwood and profit from its trade (a share of which goes to the spanish). The main settlement of this colony is called Malize.

The local tribes have recently become very agressive. The british are 'eating' into their territory cutting the forest and farming. There have been a few incidents and a recent attack, the governor of the colony has decided to get the colonists into the main settlement of Malize for their safety. A small party of soldiers and local militia have been sent out to bring them in ....

---oXo---
The colonists wait anxiously for the troops and settlers to return to Malize ...
It took some time to get the first of the settlers to come along, they are now heading towards the next farm...
 a couple of the militia arrive to inform the settlers of the situation ...
 then suddenly out of the jungle a group of indians rush the farm cutting down the settlers,  sharp shooting and a some volley fire sees them off ...
 the column heads down the road to the next farm ...
 the settlers there join the column and they head to next farm (the last before Malize) ...
as the main part of the column arrives they are attacked,  fire from the regulars cuts them down and they fall back into the jungle
 a large party of indians is approaching the rear of the column, they hurry on ...
 The indians catch the tail end of the column ...
 a desperate fight ensues ...
 the indians lose heart after many are shot down and start to fall back ... a soldier, two militia and a settler were killed
 the survivors trickle into Malize ...

 [ the new british colony of Honduras may come under pressure from the French or the Spanish, or be troubled by pirates; adventurers may go inland in search of treasure or to hunt exotic animals - quite a few ideas to explore for future games/story lines....]

Thursday, November 26, 2015

India: Encounter at Nellipore

The british have learnt the french are sending a small force to take control of Bijapur on the border of the Bhaji of Bhovindi's territory; in response to this the british have sent some troops to take control of Nellipore on the main road to Bijapur

Each side has a troop of dragoons, 1 company of europeans, 3 companies of sepoys and a light gun.

---oXo---

 The french on the march, not far from Nellipore .....
 The british column nears Nellipore ...
the french dragoons have pushed forward as the head of both columns enters the small town
 the french and british deploy, some fire from the british cannon encourages the french dragoons to fall back
The british cavalry charged the french sepoys to the north of the town, but were repulsed with heavy casualties; continuing fire from the british cannon is too much for the french dragoons who fall back in total disorder
the french dragoons rally near a clump of trees
firefight in progress between the british and french europeans in the town....
on the british right flank the sepoys rout after coming under fire from french cannon and the advancing french sepoys...
the french dragoons have worked their way round and have come up behind the british left flank
the british position is now untenable, as dusk approaches they manage to withdraw leaving the french in control of Nellipore.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

India: Battalion of French Sepoys

 
[Figs: Sepoys from Parkfield Miniatures,  drummer Foundry, french officers Front Rank and Old Glory]