Napoleonic British Siege Engineers

I have nearly finished my modular siege works, although I have fallen slightly behind my original schedule due to other distractions (setting up a website for a Veterans’ Association).  My siege works should now be finished by late November.

Once it is completed, I plan to show a whole siege.  My only 18th Century figures are British and Jacobite, and there were no sieges involving major trench works during that campaign.  re-officer-2

I have therefore decided to base my siege demonstration on the Napoleonic era.  However I had no suitable siege engineers, so I have now made some British Napoleonic ones.  This is Lieutenant Colonel Sir Richard Fletcher, who commanded Wellington’s Engineers at most of the Peninsular War sieges.  He has a map, as do all of my engineer officers, and is pointing out work to be done.

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Siege Artillery

 

As readers of my blogs will be aware, my current project is a scratch built modular system of Siege Works.  I covered the principles behind this in my earlier blog Siege Works.  I have now completed the first of my siege gun and mortar batteries, so thought I would describe how I did this.

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My British Siege guns are made from the longer gun barrels from the Hät Sailors and Marines set, mounted on carriages from the Italeri French Guard Artillery set.  They represent 18 or 24 pounders, and I will use them both for the 18th Century and Napoleonic eras.

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Siege Works

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My current project is modelling a modular set of siege works, based on illustrations in Christopher Duffy’s book “Fire & Stone – the Science of Fortress Warfare 1660-1860”.  These siege works are entirely scratch built, and I thought I would describe the technique in this blog.  Here you can see a sap, running away from a parallel, through a couple of zig-zags, and a pair of 18th Century British Infantry sappers working on the sap head, with a British Engineer Officer looking on. Continue reading