Monday, 7 December 2015

Building modular fortifications: Part 5 - Adding some more parapets

Ross Mac commented that it was a pity that I had not been able to add parapets to all the sides of my modular towers, and after giving the matter some thought, I agree with him ... so I did!

David Crook had already suggested that I might be able to use some of the walls from my numerous sets of 'Village in a bag' wooden buildings, and after a search I found enough of them to use to make parapets for my towers and the gateway.

As a result my towers and the gateway now look like this:





These are much more satisfactory to look at and I can still get one of my units bases on top of them.

16 comments:

  1. Excellent! Now if an attacker manages to escalade a wall the towers will limit any advance along the wall. It might also be possible to position the towers projecting forward and add a rule for supporting fire from the tower against enemy attacking a wall.

    Do you have enough bits lying about to be able to remove 1 section and replace it with a breached section? (aka a base containing a pile of rubble to keep it simple.)

    Excitement mounts!

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  2. I think we need to see these in action...

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  3. Good progress on your blockhouse. Do you plan to cover the entire structure in stucco or plaster and then either paint it or leave a natural color?

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  4. Progressing nicely Bob- well done. KEV.

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  5. Indeed..plan to have mine too. I can't wait :)







    K. Gray
    Impression EMEDIA

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  6. Ross Mac,

    The towers will project slightly more than the wall sections, so supporting fire from them should be possible.

    I think that I will have enough off-cuts etc. to be able to make at least one length of breached wall ... so thanks again for the suggestion!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  7. Conrad Kinch,

    Don't worry, I hope to have to all or part of my modular fortress in action by Christmas at the latest.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  8. Jonathan Freitag,

    I am going to seal the surface of the wood with PVA glue, after which I will paint it. I hope to be able to use masonry paint which contains a bit of texture, but if I can't get hold of any, I may well try to find some other way of texturing the surface before I paint the whole thing.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  9. Kev,

    Many thanks. I am very pleased with the way this project has turned out, and can see myself using a similar construction process to make other structures as well.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  10. Klouse Gray,

    Good luck with building you own version. I hope you enjoy doing it as much as I have.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  11. Bob, I have textured severall buildings by sprinkling a little bit of fine sand onto the white glue before it dries.

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  12. Ross Mac,

    That is a very interesting suggestion.

    In the past I have added sand to paint to produce a textured finish, but not used it with glue before. I might give it a try as that would mean that I could use normal paint rather that masonry paint to paint the modules.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  13. I've bought masonry paint in B&Q a few years back.

    Interesting build - might get some of those blocks myself!

    Rob

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  14. Xaltotun of Python (Rob),

    I usually buy my masonry paint at Homebase, it's closer!

    I'll be interested to hear how your version of a modular fortress turns out.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  15. My last fortress was made of card and was a teaching aid - a castle with pyramids on top of each tower and cuboid nets for walls. Seemed to work quite well.

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  16. Xaltotun of Python,

    It sounds very impressive ... although you lost me when you mentioned 'cuboid nets'!

    All the best,

    Bob

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