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Offline armchairgeneral

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FIW Forts
« on: July 29, 2019, 04:42:56 PM »
I would quite like to get (in 28mm), a Fort for FIW Games using Rebels and Patriots.

I like the Ironclad FIW and Acheson American Frontier stuff that is basically a timber stockade, but the little research I have managed on the internet for actual forts suggests many were of a star fort design at least on plan.

I appreciate some were built purely as a defence against Indians and small arms only equipped troops where as others were designed with artillery defence in mind. As I also do SYW European I wondered if I could get away with a gabioned star fort in the FIW theatre to get more use from it. Were any forts an amalgamation of these two types and who makes them in 28mm?

Offline Oldgamer

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Re: FIW Forts
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2019, 08:18:43 PM »
Paul's Modelling Workshop has a few products in resin you may find useful.

http://www.paulsmodellingworkshop.com

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Re: FIW Forts
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2019, 09:33:03 PM »
Yes I do rather like his star fort

Online FifteensAway

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Re: FIW Forts
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2019, 02:31:05 AM »
Research both William Henry and Fort Pitt.  Also, in the far west, there were many forts that were just timber stockades, some rather small. 

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Re: FIW Forts
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2019, 03:48:07 AM »
If you can get the Zvezda Russian stockade fort, it will do quite well. Just leave off the roof of each tower. It is a tad large for 15mm but should work well with 28mm.
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Re: FIW Forts
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2019, 05:15:43 PM »
Research both William Henry and Fort Pitt.  Also, in the far west, there were many forts that were just timber stockades, some rather small.

They are both star forts with earth ramparts as far as I can tell but would this design be used for smaller forts?


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Re: FIW Forts
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2019, 05:47:17 PM »
About the least Vauban style fort I can find, the original Fort Bull:

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Offline kingsmt

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Re: FIW Forts
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2019, 07:31:54 PM »
William Henry almost touches Lake George. It's right on top of it.
The fort is made of horizontally placed logs. stretching end to end.
Been there dozens of times.

https://www.fwhmuseum.com/

Good pix here.

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Re: FIW Forts
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2019, 08:24:28 PM »
Wargamers do it on a table.
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Re: FIW Forts
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2019, 03:43:08 AM »
There was an earlier version of Fort Pitt that combined star fort type sides and wooden palisade sides.  Keep researching.  Also, never forget that a little 'artistic license' is allowed when not trying to recreate a specific event or feature.  Happens constantly in this hobby and is no big deal - the point is to have fun first. 

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Re: FIW Forts
« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2019, 11:03:41 AM »
Bought this from Ironclad Miniatures at Partizan  :)

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Re: FIW Forts
« Reply #13 on: August 29, 2019, 01:01:16 PM »
Fort Augusta was built in 1756 at the confluence of the two branches of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. It combined a wooden stockade with a star-fort design.  It was considered one of the strongest fortifications built in North America at the time. 

There's a scale model of the fort in at it's original site in Sunbury, Pennsylvania.  For a fuller diagram, there is this site:

http://www.northumberlandcountyhistoricalsociety.org/page.asp?tid=153

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Re: FIW Forts
« Reply #14 on: August 29, 2019, 06:13:24 PM »
Many well known forts were smaller than most people think... Google Fort Necessity... a simple, and small stockade style structure.