Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Constructing Adelheim, Part VI

Following our productive session on the fort and related projects on Saturday, we returned for additional work on Sunday.  I am developing additional confidence with the Hot Wire Foam Factory equipment; using the jigs provided by Duncan, I cut all the embrasures we need.  The fort walls and ravelins with embrasures can be seen set up in my rather cramped parlor.  The next step is to glue the glacis segments together, and then cover them in felt.

Here a Meisterzinn wagon is being used to check the dimensions of the cutaway entrance in the ravelin, leading to the gate.  For scenarios with the siege in full swing, I intend to block this with a plug in piece composed of gabions and possibly including other hasty barrier materials.
Here's a view from farther back, with the wall section cut to accept the gatehouse structure, and some Barzso cannons emplaced to check the embrasure size.

We acquired a 6 yard piece of olive felt for this project.  2 yards is earmarked for grass over the glacis, and the remainder will form the main groundcloth.  I like to start with some spray paint on the felt to break up the uniformity.
I enlisted William's artistic assistance in this project.  If you click on the picture above, you should be able to see the placement guidelines for the fortress elements drawn on to the felt.
Inspired by all of this effort, William has been working on adding another company to his army...

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