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Anton Ryzbak16 Nov 2017 9:03 p.m. PST

The starfort has all its embrasures, now I need to arm it!


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Early morning writer Inactive Member16 Nov 2017 9:34 p.m. PST

Well, you might need two or three figures to crew all those cannons…

Will there be denizens in the dungeons?

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2017 9:38 p.m. PST

Wow!!! I love what you've done there.


Anton Ryzbak16 Nov 2017 9:59 p.m. PST

@ Early morning writer

O.K. now I am REALLY depressed, with only four crew figures per gun I will need to paint 288 models….AAAAARRRRGGGHHH!!!

TMPWargamerabbit16 Nov 2017 10:58 p.m. PST

Great work Anton. I am impressed!! You have the making of a great display piece soon. Not every cannon would be manned in a fortress. Often there was only a skeleton crew of trained artillerymen for most of the cannon and soldiers / militia recruited from the garrison infantry to increase the crew in times of war or siege. Generally they crewed the cannon on the threatened fortress bastions and curtain wall or point of attack

For comparison and maybe give you some encouragement, here is how I made my slightly small fortress.


Sobieski Inactive Member17 Nov 2017 1:59 a.m. PST


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP17 Nov 2017 5:49 a.m. PST

Very nice work!

Early morning writer Inactive Member17 Nov 2017 6:58 a.m. PST

The rabittree gentlemen has it right – not all of the guns need to be crewed. There, there now, don't you feel better?

And, WR, very nice work, sirrah.

Now, Anton, I only referenced a grand total of at most three figures – you went off running mad through the streets to get to 288, you realize? By the by, what are the extra 22 crew figures for? (66 * 4 = 264) See, you were even madder than even you realized!

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP17 Nov 2017 8:59 a.m. PST

I'm sure the extra 22 were officers, ordnance handlers, cooks, and, of course, a reserve of replacements for expected casualties.

That being said, armies rarely matched their TOEs exactly, because of wounds, sickness, procurement problems, and all of the rest of the friction mentioned by Clausewitz.

Anton Ryzbak17 Nov 2017 10:07 a.m. PST

@Early morning writer

No, I am not mad by half, I already have six guns, thus there are a total of 72, perhaps I should have titles the post to the effect of needing 66 MORE guns ;)


That star fort of yours is a darned fine bit of work, and far more reasonably-sized that the gargantuan thing I have built

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP17 Nov 2017 10:42 a.m. PST

Great work.

Rogues117 Nov 2017 12:49 p.m. PST

Miniature Building Authority has pre-painted resin cast cannons for 28mm pirate ships that could work. Not the best detail, but they are already painted, with your number has gotta help.
From their page:
Ship Cannons
Product ID 10624List Price: $14.95 USDPrice: $10.00 USD
25mm/28mm Scale: For dioramas and games with 25mm -30mm figures. package comes with six painted cannons.
Resin cast for strength and superb detail.

Anton Ryzbak18 Nov 2017 12:39 p.m. PST

Thanks that is a great price, I will be looking into them!

TMPWargamerabbit19 Nov 2017 10:01 a.m. PST

Thank you for your comment on my fort Anton. Hope yours sees the scenario battlefield soon. Mine was center action in my Klagenfurt 1809 scenario. You my ask how I did the water moat. I used simple thin blue plastic sheeting laid under the tabletop terrain boards and the fort itself.


Rawdon14 Dec 2017 4:13 p.m. PST

As a double-dipper when it comes to hobbies (I am also into model railroads) I have often used a product from a company called Evan Designs. They sell software that allows you to print a wide variety of building materials in high resolution on the base of your choice (I usually use graphic arts card stock). You can choose your scale. The web site is

Anton Ryzbak15 Dec 2017 3:03 p.m. PST

Thanks Rawdon, I will take a look

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