Saturday, December 7, 2013

Siege of Haengju Terrain WIP

For the Imjin War game, I decided to go with the Siege of Haengju. It involved the successful Choson Korean General Kwon Yul and several famous Japanese generals, including Kuroda Nagamasa - two figures I have already. One of the three most-celebrated Korean victories during the Imjin War, this battle took place a little north of Seoul, which the Japanese had already captured and occupied. Actually, the Korean king and his retinue had already fled the capital before the Japanese arrived. Kwon Yul with a small force of regular troop moved to an old hilltop fortress near the village of Haengju. It was here that the Japanese, greatly outnumbering the Korean defenders, decided to wipe out any resistance before the Ming forces arrived as reinforcements. I plan to alter history a bit by allowing relief Ming Cavalry to arrive, as well as Korean Cavalry. The actual battle was mainly an infantry battle as far as I can tell. Although some very cool Korean artillery was used, like something called Water-Wheel Rock Cannon. Here are some WIP pictures of the table I started on this afternoon.
A view of the fortress from the south east, with the village of Haengju in the foreground. This would be the main approach of the Japanese from Seoul. Seoul was within eyesight of the fortress, and the Korean defenders would've seen the advance of the Japanese.
A modern map of the area - note how close the fortress is to the Han River. In fact, the fortuitous resupply of much needed arrows for Kwon Yul's forces arrived via the river late in the battle.
A view of the fortress from the north west - note the rice paddies - these are very nice terrain pieces from Hotz Mats.
A view of the fortress itself - it was a fortress from earlier times and parts of the wall were in ruin. An outer ring of stakes was added on Kwon Yul's orders - I will need to make some as part of the Korean forces will be outside of the stone walls.
I used some foam core and pieces of packing foam to raise the height of the fortress proper.
Stay tuned for more updates.

13 comments:

  1. Cool terrain project! Nice history lesson for me too.

    Thanks!

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  2. I'm really enjoying this project of yours. I picked up some those Hotz fields as well. They are really a nice terrain addition for multiple scales.

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  3. Thanks for visiting and the kind comments, Gentlemen. Best, Dean

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  4. I'll be intrigued to watch this develop...

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  5. Nice project this will be great when complete.

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  6. I have got to find out exactly what the "Water-Wheel Rock Cannon" entails; it sounds completely insane or a work of genius - perhaps both!

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  7. Great and interesting project!

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  8. Thanks you all for the interest and encouragement.

    @Ev: This is taken from the linked website: "Alongside these more traditional weapons was an oddity that employed a spinning wheel mechanism to hurl a fusillade of stones. It was called the sucha sokpo, the “water-wheel rock cannon.”

    I have to find out what it may have looked like too! Best, Dean

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  9. This looks like a great project. Interesting history there as well.

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  10. The huts look like nice builds and the rice paddies are an excellent addition. This is going to be a nice looking table when completed.

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  11. Thank you all for your encouraging words - I will endeavor to drive on with this project. The outer wooden palisades are up next. Best, Dean

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  12. Now that is worth fighting over!

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