In terms of constraints, the fort construction had to fit and line up with my 6 inch gridded tabletop, and accommodate my troops which are on 4x3 inch bases. This has meant the fort is a tad stylised and geared towards the practicalities of wargaming.
|The completed fort with Spencer-Smith miniatures defending|
|A different configuration of a smaller fort with a supporting redoubt|
|Once all the balsa stonework has been added. The pieces are varnished to provide a seal. Past experience has taught me to always do this step. It stops any later leakage of colour from any components used to construct the terrain piece.|
|Everything gets a coat of mid-grey paint.|
|To break up the mass of grey I added some brown to the grey paint and painted the centre yard and fortification's terreplein (the horizontal surface of a rampart on which cannon are placed and protected by a parapet).|
|All surfaces now get a wash of black. Sometimes I will do two washes of black to get the darkness I need before building up the colours with dry brushing.|
|The fort now gets a dry brushing of the original mid-grey. To add some more depth of colour to the terreplein a wash of sandy mid-brown was applied. I did not plan to do this, but it just did not look quite right and something else was needed.|
|A final coat of matt varnish is applied to protect the terrain.|
|And on to the tabletop|
|The quick and loose painting of detail gives the right impression when wargaming unless you choose to look closely.|
With the fort completed and ready for a French Indian War game. Total cost to build is between $25 to $35 as I pick up all the materials from the local hardware store.
I now need to turn my attention to making the besiegers terrain features of saps and parallels. Storming this fort will be no easy task!