Construction work on 'Fort Humpter' continues apace, with the wall sections filled in and based with more of the cell-section card, as well as some internal buildings from a certain popular family boardgame - I knew those Hotels would come in handy one day!
The thickening of the walls has obviously led to an enlargement of the overall footprint, but luckily things still squeeze onto the original base, so it shouldn't look too huge up against the Ironclads once completed.
I've also been playing around with some large calibre guns as additions, in this case the high tech rendering of some cut up steel pins and pieces of card - at this size, and with my rough and ready style, these should do just fine once painted up:
I'll be using some coarse flocking gel to add some texture around the base of the walls next, to act as rocky outcrops around the construction, and need to sort out the haphazard walkway sections on top, but that is pretty much it bar the painting; some strips of card for the dock and approach causeway, and of course a flagpole and it'll be ready for action.
Whilst working on this, I stumbled upon a great website that has lots of contemporary Harper's Weekly newspaper pages, that have some brilliant drawings of the various original fortifications and battles; the narrative of Fort Sumter can be found here:
The contemporary newspapers are here:
Well worth a look!