Finished building a motte and bailey for someone who will not be named as his wife can’t know just yet :-). I kept it simple; no drawbridges, no small bushes and trees so basic ground covering etc to keep the cost down. I’m not a slow builder but it still took me about 30 hours to build this. Almost 2 days work went into cutting and placing the 800 BBQ sticks needed to build the palisade. Building and painting the buildings and especially crafting their roofs out of air-drying clay also took quite some time.
We catch the Norman knight, lord of this motte and bailey at the moment that he leads his few mounted men out against the band of marauders that are attacking his home while his small garrison of archers and crossbowmen keep them in cover.
Everything on these 10 (85cm x 60cm) boards was either scratchbuilt or 3D printed. It took over 250 hours to get it all done but I think it was worth it.
The boards are 6mm MDF with a layer of 4cm styrofoam on top. The contours of the terrain were then sculpted in Sculpta Mold and covered with a layer of plaster bandages for strenght. It then took an incredible amount of static grass, patience and real dirt from my garden to cover it all. The palissades are BBQ sticks, cut to size, sharpened at one end and then put in place one by one. The stream and the river are poured resin with Mod Podge gloss waves painted on. The castle, jetty, stable and bridges were made out of balsa wood, XPS foam and/or Foam Core. The various animals, the well, the archery targets and the boat were 3D printed. The tree is handmade with the twisted wires method. The outer sides of the boards are protected a by 2.5mm hardwood border.
My oldest son arrived last week from Belgium, he will stay with us for a year or so and that means that I finally have someone to wargame with. We are going to take advantage of this to lure my two younger stepsons into the wonderful world of wargaming and what is better for that than PIRATES! They don’t care much about historical gaming but pirates spark their imagination.
So I have built a coastal village entirely made out of paper and cardboard buildings, ships and stuff downloaded as PDF from the Wargames Vault (http://www.wargamevault.com/index.php).
I know these models are actually meant to be a medieval village but they work well enough for an English, French, Dutch or even Spanish settlement during the Golden Age of Piracy. And the good thing is that this entire setup has cost me less than $200 US, cardboard and glue included. Try doing that with resin or wood…
I have 3 pirate crews and 1 Navy/pirate hunter crew and have tasked my oldest son to come up with a bunch of fun scenarios and missions. Will let you know how it went in later posts.