Sunday, August 27, 2017

Fort Ligonier, Pennsylavnia

While my hobby production has been sporadic of late (blame it on my recent move), I haven't been completely idle. Recently, I whizzed down to visit Ohio Bob and we took the opportunity to drive the couple of hours into rural Pennsylvania to visit the Old Glory Miniatures "factory" and nearby Fort Ligonier. At Old Glory, I picked up some more 28mm War of 1812 Americans (because, yes), some 28mm ECW dragoons for Vidal (one of the best OG lines available), and a gift for Captain Dan's impending September birthday.

Captain Dan has recently embarked on a 28mm AWI project and this building is listed in OG's catalog as "Indian Agent Trading Post" and is one of the few options for AWI. I spent the past week at the Trenton Gaming Emporium assembling, painting, and adding scratch-built fencing and decking. Its a strange thing to do hobby work away from one's own comfort zone of desk and tools. In this case, I utilized various items from Michael's workshop, including balsa and paints. Daniel arrived late in the week and pronounced it "sweet", thus the birthday present was deemed a success!

The trip to Fort Ligonier was made on a beautiful day (well, a beautiful afternoon preceded by a biblical downpour earlier in the day). Fort Ligonier is a British fortification from the French and Indian War located in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. The fort served as a staging area for the Forbes Expedition of 1758. It's a quite well-preserved/reconstructed site and Ohio Bob and I had a very enjoyable time wandering about and talking with the staff.

Artillery bastion along the outer walls.

Lovely little 6lb field piece overlooking the approaches to the fort.

Gateway into the inner fort.

12lb field piece.

18th century artillery limber. 
It was nice to see one of these "in the flesh", as I have several of the Front Rank models in my ImagiNations collection.

General purpose artillery/equipment wagon, in this case hauling a small howitzer base.

A curious piece sporting a hand-winch in the center of the "wagon", apparently meant for moving/winching/dragging anything from artillery limbers to lumber.

18th century general purpose ammunition/supply wagon.

A couple of very nice small artillery caissons.

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