Monday, November 14, 2011

Viking Fort Work in Progress-Part 2

Thanks for all the nice comments about my Viking fort so far. I have been steadily chipping away, and finally finished the palisade. I followed Rodger's advice and painted the reverse side of the MDF base with water to try to improve the warping problem. Certainly seemed to help a bit, but the sodding humid Sydney weather is conspiring against me.

Next up, I've added a couple of stairways up to the rampart (that I will neaten up later) and have been working on the platform over the gate and the gates themselves. I was trying to put the gateposts into a sort of bracket so that they would open, but I think I will just leave them loose so they can be positioned open or closed. Note the primitive 'murder holes' above the gate. The doors and platform are made from paddle pop sticks, split lengthways into more realistically-sized planks and then re-assembled. This process attracted some pitying looks and satirical comments from the Duchess, I can tell you. Count youselves lucky if you have a Cave to hide in. I have the dining room table, my nerdiness on full display...


  1. The man cave can be a god send alright, more good work so far sir.

  2. Great looking fort, my Man Cave is full up with all the wife's crap, so I sympathise completely.

  3. The fort is coming along very nicely indeed.

  4. Coming along great guns mate! I too have suffered the strangeness of splitting the stick and then gluing them back in place together, but its worth the effort.

    You might also want to consider laying some additional 'planking' on the ramparts, at 90degrees to the gate platform. I've seen some do that and it looks really effective.


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