Saturday, July 26, 2014

GW Fortress Gate

Finally painted this piece up today; it was an ebay purchase some time ago. I was motivated to paint it up for a Muskets and Tomahawks scenario, of all things. It is planned to be a facsimile for the Dauphin Gate of Fortress Louisbourg. The actual gate was a bit more stylized, but this should work nonetheless. The obligatory Empire troops are stage around it for now.
The walls were painted with Ceramcoat Sandstone, stained with Minwax Tudor Satin, and then dry-brush again with Sandstone - after being sprayed with Testors Dullcote. The stonework around the gate was given various shades of greys. The gate and portcullis were painted a light brown - with metal parts picked out in blackened steel.
The only thing in the painting queue right now is a lone Front Rank General Wolfe figure. However, due to the great weather here, I've been spending a lot of time in the yard. I tend to go overboard once I start pruning trees.

26 comments:

  1. Is that from the old mighty fortress, or something newer? Looks fantastic either way.

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    1. It's probably the old set - it was in a nice plastic bag with Citadel printed on it. I may have to construct bastions for the ends of the walls. Best, Dean

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  2. Massive focal point for a game. Turned out great!

    Post 04 July in the PNW is a perfect time for outdoor summer activities. another heat wave is on the way.

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    1. Thanks, Jonathan. I have my A/C hooked up and ready :)! Best, Dean

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  3. Excellent terrain piece Dean! Looks fantastic.

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    1. Thanks, Rodger - should be able to use it in various scenarios. Best, Dean

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  4. That's an impressive bit of kit! Nice job on that stonework!

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  5. Really nice paint job, Dean! I have an unpainted one in the loft, it's a really great casting. Almost enough to tempt a man to renaissance...

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    1. Thanks, Simon. I think this gate could work anywhere from Dark Ages up to Modern - at least WW2 ETO. But, I'm easy :) Best, Dean

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  6. That's an impressive piece of terrain Dean and beautifully realised by your good self.

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  7. I've been to Louisbourg both as a tourist and a reenactor. That gate could work. You could also check out the siege scenario I put up on www.juniorgeneral.org for some ideas.

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    1. Thanks, Rod. I've been perusing your site recently as I found it via a search for the siege. Impressive background you have - as well as an interesting life in general. Your approval of the gate is much appreciated too. Warm regards, Dean

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  8. We're hopefully going to get out to Louisburg this summer, or in early fall. I'll try to remember to get some comparison pics.

    FMB

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    1. Thanks, FMB. Looking forward to your report. I would like to pay a visit to the area myself. Someday, maybe. Best, Dean

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  9. I'm a bit late Dean, great work. I like your shading technique you used on this great looking GW Fortress Gate model. As you said this mode; can be used for any war gaming period... what great weather? its so very hot and dusty where I am across the sound :o) still manage to paint miniatures though....cheers

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  10. Thanks, Gents! I appreciate the visit and comments as always. Enjoy the weather! Best, Dean

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    1. Ah, Richard - coming from you - the master of terrain building - that is much appreciated! Best, Dean

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  12. It looks great, much better paint job than mine.

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