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Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2018 9:54 a.m. PST

The past few months I've been sending Joerg at Things From The Basement detailed illustrations of the buildings from Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow movie (1999) and other related historical buildings.  A few of us are working on a big Donnybrook skirmish game set there during the French & Indian War.  Hope to have it all ready in time for Huzzah! this May.

Sleepy Hollow was haunted long before the Hessian lost his head in the Rev War, and the Donnybrook rules will work fine for bringing many different factions and touches of Gothic Horror to the table.

The major game board will be a model of the movie set.  Outlying boards will include the movie set for the Western Woods, Tarrytown, and Continental Road.

The building kits are up on the shop now.  The Bridge, Inn, Van Allen House, and Van Tassel Manor are from the movie set.  

The Martling House was a historical house in Tarrytown, and home to their first murder; it's in the style of period small farmhouses of the area.  

The Schoolhouse is designed as a smaller version of the 2nd historical Sleepy Hollow Schoolhouse; there are no images of the 1st one, but the very small 2nd one was bigger than the 1st.

The Corn Crib is modelled after the historical one at Abraham Staats' farm in neighboring New Jersey.

I'll post photos of my models up as they get finished.


Cacique Caribe Inactive Member12 Jan 2018 10:10 a.m. PST

What was that watchtower/blockade structure with stakes all around it, seen during one of the early scenes?

PS. I couldn't find it here either, though maybe these shots face the wrong entrance to town:



79thPA Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2018 10:16 a.m. PST

Nice additions for the period.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2018 10:20 a.m. PST

There's only brief glimpses of the tower in a few scenes. It's a weird cross between a hunting blind and a watchtower without enough room to stand up inside. In the first photo above, it's just off-screen to the right, between the edge of the village and the pasture.

I may or may not add that to the game board later. If I don't add it, then it's because the tower was built in response to the arrival of Headless Horseman after the Rev War. Sleepy Hollow was haunted long before then, and so this game is set during the French and Indian War to bring lots of different factions to the table.

There will be a few Hessians on horses, German officers with the 60th Royal American Regiment. They still have their heads attached though. By magnets! ^,^

There's a split-second shot here at 2:28
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Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2018 11:03 a.m. PST

79th, the Van Allen House from the movie would fit right in to colonial Albany:

Borathan Inactive Member12 Jan 2018 2:29 p.m. PST

A lot of it looks like it could also work well for more of a frontier style settlement rather than the more AWI type period.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2018 4:01 p.m. PST

There's a lot of flexibility. The second schoolhouse was used well into the19th century.

And there are photographs of the Martling House in Tarrytown before it collapsed from old age. Lasted well after the invention of the camera!

Personal logo Jlundberg Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2018 6:17 p.m. PST

I think that all of them would work well for Northern sections of the AWI

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member12 Jan 2018 7:29 p.m. PST


This script calls the structure a "bunker" for some reason:


Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2018 8:32 p.m. PST

Bunker is a good word for a hybrid hunting-blind/watch-tower that you can't stand up in!

I am a huge fan of all of the design and script decisions that Burton made with this movie. The village set, while evocative of many styles of period architecture in no way resembles the historical Sleepy Hollow; but is a superb fairy-tale imagining of a dream.

That 'bunker on a stick' is certainly the sort of thing one would see in a dream more than in this world.

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member15 Jan 2018 8:25 a.m. PST

What rules are you using?

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2018 8:35 a.m. PST

Donnybrook. I've been intrigued by FIW for decades, but these are the first rules to really catch my attention enough to start buying and painting figures for it. And they handle a light touch of Gothic Horror well enough that it drew my attention to Sleepy Hollow for the location.

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