Sunday, 26 November 2006

Fortress of Laupen 1339

This is the Fortress of Laupen in 1339 I built for a DBA-Scenario . It's for 25mm minis and made of styropor, sandpaper, balsa, sand mixed with glue and paint. But, as one can easly see from the map (below) the model isn't quite accurate. I've built that BUA not caring about authenticity. I was inspired by the way Diebold Schilling drew his schematic castles in the "Spiezer Chronik" (above), written in the late 15th century. I think the most important thing about a BUA are the good looks and it has to be convenient and sturdy enough for tabletop wargames.
Below is a view of the town of Laupen as it appeared in 1809. The town has kept its medieval character. The fortress has drastically changed since the end of the middle ages. And this is actually how it still looks today (if you can ignore the urban sprawl around it!) The battlefield is beyond the pinewoods on the hill (The Bramberg) behind the fortress (right).

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This blog is dedicated to ancient and medieval miniature wargaming. I'd like to share pictures of my painted armies and models, self made terrain-pieces and sketches of projects still residing in my head or on a piece of paper.
My main interest at the moment is creating armies and accessories, researching for historical or made-up scenarios and campaigns for the fast-play wargaming rules from "De bellis Antiquitatis" (DBA) with 25mm and 15mm figurines.
I use the blog-format rather unconventionaly. It is more like a scrapbook. And I update the older posts so keep checking. I recommend utilizing the labels to the left. So if your just interested in miniatures click the "Miniatures"-label and you will be presented with posts concerning painting, figurines etc. And don't forget to click on "older posts" at the bottom of the page for more. And many thanks for commenting!
Photographs showing painted toy soldiers, terrain pieces, scratch-built things and drawings © Menic Rüttimann 2.Nov.2006. Please notify me if you wish to use these.

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