Following on from more-or-less finishing my Middle Eastern city walls (at least as far as needing to do some weathering and adding some clutter), I decided I wanted to carry on and build something else scenic. At Phalanx I bought a 4Ground 'Roman Limes Watchtower' from the Warlord boys, for my 1st/2nd century Romans. I've often felt like having a typical watchtower, and had been going to scratchbuild one, but I've had my eye on this model for a bit - it looked good apart from the roof, which seemed far too flat and featureless. Anyway, looking at it at the show, it looked worth buying for the rest of the bits.
The model went together very easily, and looks pretty good. I scratchbuilt a new covering for the roof. The 'tiles' were cut out in strips from a piece of heavyweight textured paper I bought from the art shop, and glued on with white glue. The 'ridge' tiles are made of sections cut from wooden cocktail sticks of all things!
And here's the more-or-less finished item. It needs weathering, clutter, and a bank and ditch to place around it, but is otherwise finished. I've done a bit of extra detail painting, and may yet do more. It's 'modular' (so you can place figures inside!), and that means it's easy to carry on and do more work on at a later date.
There can be no doubt that the success of the attack on and stand against the enemy at St. Lambert sur Dives can largely be attributed to this officer’s coolness ... London Gazette, no.36812, 27 November 1944
Cubster wrote:Niiice. Did you cut out the roof tile strips with pinking shears?
Thanks Lads! No, I couldn't find any pinking shears which did the right sort of zig-zags for the tiles I wanted, so ended up using a scalpel... Actually didn't take me as long to cut them out as I thought.
I've been looking at various archaeological reports, particularly the ground plans they produce, plus a few of my own pictures of sites. I think it's just going to be a simple round bank and ditch, with a small gap/gateway. A palisade, quite plain, on top of the bank.
I've started work on something else - converting another Nellie for my Sassanid army - while I think out the tower surrounds.
Back on the subject of the tower, my one regret about the sentries I painted is that I 'grassed' the bases - they look a bit daft stood on patches of grass on the tower walkway.