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Castle Seige

Discussion in 'Friends of planetFigure' started by Paul, Jan 13, 2020.

  1. Paul Active Member

    Country:
    Germany
    My contribution to the Airfix Civil War Group Build over at the Airfix Tribute Forum.
    Rules are that at least 51% of the build, in this case the bods, should be Airfix and as i Chose a medieval theme the Airfix Robin Hood and Sherrif of Nottingham sets were front and centre.
    I decided that all Bod related stuff, Shields, weapons, headswops etc should either be Scratch made or come from withing the Airfix range of bods.

    I went for the The Anarchy, 1135-1153. This limited the use of the Sherrif of Nottingham set as the arms and armour are more representative of later medieval period troops but that´s part of the fun, make do or re-do. Also, I can use Maid Marion as Empress Matilda and the Sherrif as king Stephen.

    The Castle under seige? After a bit of Research I found one that not much is known about, Bampton Castle. There´s not a lot of info About it during the period of the Anarchy but it´s mentioned as being built by Matilda´s Forces in 1142 and being beseiged by Stephen´s Forces at the end of the same year.
    It´s described as being a motte Castle which, seeing as there´s no info on the actual construction it gives me a bit of room as to it´s size. If it was built early in 1142 and besieged a couple of months later it would have to be a wooden construction rather than Stone...unless they were very busy Little bees back then.
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    The attackers in the Colours of Henry of Blois
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    The Defenders in the Colours of Geoffrey de Mandeville II
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    Reception comittee.
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    Egbert running to put out the fire.
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    Bit on the Wall etc
    Made from coffee stirrers. I know, as far as any historical stuff tells, it ain´t historically accurate but it was quick, cheap and serves the Purpose.
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    Seige mantlets
    Easy. Coffee stirrers, bit of PVA and some paint. Arrows made as described in the Bod Conversions Post.
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    Battering Ram and Catapult.
    Both scratchbuilt.
    Build for the Catapult HERE and for the Battering Ram HERE .
    The Ground work is potting compost….easy and can be recycled :)

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