Playing pirate games I really wanted some fortifications, the star fort is the ideal but it's too large for an average sized table. So I set around looking for smaller options and discovered the rather brilliant and fascinating Fort Matanzas, which is small but elegant none the less, and sits on the edge of the Matanzas river to this day.
This is a resin cast ten piece kit not including the ladders. The pieces are; the main base, the three walls with gun embrasures, the walls of the ground floor, the floor and walls of the second floor, the roof and roof wall, plus three pieces to make the turret.
I've modelled it with a few gentle liberties, plus 1147 hand carved and textured pieces of stone work, but it can still dominate the table top without taking up most of the gaming area, and is also suited to being on a coast firing at enemy ships. It's 185mm (7.28in) x 185mm (7.28in) x 175mm (6.88in) tall. There's room for four cannons on the gun deck...
...and as many musketers as you can fit on the roof.
It's a little weaker around the back...
...but not only is the roof accessible...
...so is the room below it...
...and the room below that.
Plus the turret has a removable roof and room for a keen eyed look-out.
Plus there's ladders for getting up and down. There's a set of three with each fort. They're built like ladders too, not just a laser cut ladder shape, and they have a jig to help you put them together.
This is a work-in-progress of a prototype of a three cannon battery, which will be 162mm (6.37in) x 170mm (6.69in) x 70mm (2.77in) tall. It will have planking on the floors for the cannon, and a ladder at the rear. I'll finish building it while this campaign runs, with regular updates on it's progress, it's a fun model which I'm looking forward to finishing.
See the progress on this model on the updates page.
Prototype Model above, production model below.
Señor Largo Juan Plata
This is a lovely figure sculpted by Paul Hicks of the very kind of seadog likely to attack the fort. Beautifully detailed and cast in resin. Previously available in my last project, I've been inundated by folk who missed that, so here's another chance to get hold of one.
Forts and batteries are all very well and good, but something to stop attackers simply sweeping around and attacking your rear would be very handy. So I've added wall sections as stretch goals, each section, except the gate, would be supplied with a lasercut ladder.
Postage & Packaging
Resin Miniature UK £3 - EU £4 - US £5 - RoW £6
Battery UK £5 - EU £19 - US £27 - RoW £39
Fort UK £7.50 - EU £20 - US £30 - RoW £44
Fort and Battery UK £15 - EU £25 - US £40 - RoW £60
All packages will be tracked and fully insured. A resin miniature as part of any other pledge is shipped for free with the main package. If there's additional P&P as a result of unlocked stretch goals it will be organised through the reward survey. Bear in mind KS takes a cut of P&P so there's a slight increase to cover that. Where any saving can be made with postage a partial refund will be made.
This product is a kit which will require straight forward construction, and painting. It does not include the painted mini's, cannons, flag or flagpole. All measurements are approximate.This is a sixteen day long Kickstarter, I've found 30 just too long. Thanks for reading all this.
Risks and challenges
This is my sixth kickstarter, all the others are completed, the only difference with this one is how everything isn't built yet. The builds are quite simple for me, the battery will be finished before the end of the campaign date, and if the stretch goals are reached those are all simple builds too. I'm really looking forward to making them.
I've met delivery dates on all my previous projects if not been early, this one has a slightly longer wait to allow for the extra build time. I'll aim at early delivery again, not least because I don't like waiting myself, so why would you? It'll be great, it'll run like clockwork.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (16 days)