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Monday, July 10, 2017

Blood & Plunder: Port Wall & Gibbet

For my Blood & Plunder table I plan to utilise an existing pair of 2" high terrain boards that will sit on top of a "water" cloth. The problem is of course the 2" high difference between the land and the sea. So I require a harbor or port wall to separate the two and to integrate with the gun battery.
The wall is constructed using exactly the same techniques used in making the gun battery, albeit much simpler as there is next to no cutting and NO angles. To break up the monotony of a plain wall I decided to insert a wooden pylon mid way. This led to the idea of hanging a gibbet from the pylon, as a "welcoming" to any newcomers to the port. A short tutorial follows of how I made the gibbet and it's post.
Port wall & gibbet
Cut out a section of "Granny Grating" (if you can wrestle it from your Nan)
Find an appropriately sized cylinder and bind the grating with strands of copper wire. Carefully fix with super glue.
When dry remove it from the cylinder and cut out some of the sections of grating to make larger openings
Cut out two round sections of grating to fit in each end. Carefully fix with super glue
Make a loop of wire to hang the gibbet and fix with super glue
Spray the gibbet by holding onto the copper wire strands, then clip them off.
The post is made from different sized craft sticks, some toothpicks and wire. Drilling small holes to accommodate the different sized sticks is recommended
Painted and put in place, with some crochet thread as rope attached
Without the hanging gibbet the post could be a hoist or other port-side thingy
The completed piece, with a rusty gibbet
The two existing pieces married together
A picture of the battery and wall in place - some more port walls to go
If you have any questions don't hesitate to comment below.


  1. It seems so simple, effective...and excellent!

  2. Nice work, very simple and effective

  3. very effective gibbet and so simple!

  4. Wonderful looking additions.

  5. Thanks for all the encouraging comments gents

  6. Excellent scratch-built work! When I first saw the gibbet I thought it was a commercial piece.

  7. Very impressive work and modeling. I wonder if a hot glue gun with or without the glue could be used to bind the cylinder together?


  8. Suitably grim - will it have a tenant any time soon?

  9. @ Fitz-Badger thank you Sir, you are too kind!

    @ Der Alte Fritz - I think you would still have to bind the grating, but hot glue could work

    @ Conrad Kinch - I'd love to find a suitable figure, other than that some bones and detritus

  10. Lovely work there! For a suitable mini to stick in the gibbet, I immediately thought of the guy on the right in this pack: http://www.redoubtenterprises.com/shop/?page=shop/flypage&product_id=1010&category_id=a9060e20f5a1b1968ab1809394d4494f

    The rest should be fairly useful too.

  11. @Mikko - good call mate - thanks for that