I get really excited about Vauban fortresses! Crazy, I know – it’s one of the nerdiest subjects on earth – but I am constantly fascinated by the engineering skills and intelligence required to anticipate what an attacker will try to do, and then counter it not with weapons, but with engineering.
This requires a huge workforce and the shifting of hundreds of thousands – in some cases perhaps millions – of tons of earth and stone over many years. But out of this colossal effort emerges something which is not only functional, but beautiful as well.
We shall be seeing aerial views of many of Vauban’s fortresses, but here is a cross-section through a typical (though hypothetical) Vauban fortress created by Henry Hyde, Editor of Miniature Wargames with Battlegames, with whose kind permission this diagram is reproduced here. You can also visit Henry’s own blog here. Click on the image to get a much, much bigger view or right-click and “Save Linked File As…” to download.
A cross-section of a typical Vauban fortress, created by Henry Hyde for his Gravelines article in Miniature Wargames with Battlegames issue 381. Reproduced with permission.
Thanks to Henry Hyde of Miniature Wargames with Battlegames, I’m making my first ever wargaming blog post. It’s only taken a few minutes to get to this stage, but I now have the rest of my life to ruin what I’ve started.
I’ve decided to blog about siege warfare wargaming, which is my favourite thing, ranging from ancient times when the trumpets brought down the walls of Jericho, right up to modern times where NATO troops have found themselves under siege in Afghanistan and special forces have to plan to overcome hostage taking situations in ‘sieges’.
A 15mm siege game in progress with Austrian SYW infantry defending the breach.
I imagine that my audience will be quite broad, as sieges have occurred throughout history, so whether your interest is Ancient Romans, Medieval Crusaders, the great Vauban or Stalingrad in WWII, I hope you will find something here to interest you, and I’m always happy to receive feedback.
I’m a very busy chap, so whilst I might manage to post updates more often, I’m only planning to update this once a month or so, but with quality content.
Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you soon!