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Colonial Fort Finished

For Christmas my parents gave me the Acheson Creations’ frontier fort.  I’ve been coveting this for some years.  I had previous built a fort using bamboo skewers from the grocery store.  While these skewers are probably more in proper scale for 28mm figures, I’ve always liked the look of the Acheson Creations’ fort.  I have really wanted to get my French and Indian War figures on the table again.

Aerial view of the Acheson Creations fort

Aerial view of the Acheson Creations fort

They also purchase the block house.  This view shows about 85% of the fort, including two of three buildings.  In fact, there are probably too many buildings to fit within the fort and be able to move figures around inside it comfortably.  I may purchase a few more wall sections at an upcoming HMGS East convention, like Cold Wars.

British Grenadiers approach the fort

British Grenadiers approach the fort

This view shows a close up of a corner of the block house and some Old Glory FIW Grenadiers approaching the open gate.  (I don’t know if Acheson sells gates, but I’ll be looking for them at Cold Wars or I’ll make some from dowels.)

Each of the wall sections has a firing platform.  The platform is a separate piece, which aids in painting.  I glued the platforms to the walls and supports with “tacky glue.”  I find that using a better glue won’t stop the pieces from coming apart during play, and the white glue doesn’t take the paint off with it.

Looking out of the open gate

Looking out of the open gate

This view is my lame attempt at being “artsy.”  I placed the camera inside the fort and took a picture through the gate of approach British line infantry.  The flash kept casting a pronounced shadow on the backdrop, so I took the photo without the flash and then lightened it with the Previewer on my Mac.

I’m pretty happy with the overall effect.  I can’t wait to play some French and Indian War skirmishes!


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