Below are some photographs of my newly created “Malakovian” Redoubt. I say Malakovian as I do not have a good picture of the actual Malakoff Redoubt and I suspect that it was quite different to the final model but as far as I know it was a two storey artillery tower although not quite a rotunda. However it is inspired by the Malakoff Redoubt and either way it will be a tough nut for the Allies to take on the wargames table.
I didn’t know what the roof of an artillery tower should look like so I put a semaphore signalling pole which I thought was a reasonable solution.
The guns are ships cannon from Capitan Miniatures. There are ten guns in total over two storeys so that their field of fire can interlock. The interior is painted matt black so rather than buy Russian artillery crews I just used some old surplus FPW figures all painted black as well. This way you can see their silhouettes if you look in the embrasures.
The final step was the base. This was done with Polyfilla the weight of which stabilised the whole structure and was painted to blend with the fortifications which I built last year for the Russo-Turkish War 1787 – 1792. Please see my earlier post on this.