Sunday, 11 February 2018

Sharp Practice - War of 1812

I've been wondering whether it's worth continuing with this blog, I can't really be bothered with it and had considered taking it down. After a bit more thought I've decided to keep it and use it solely for  recording  the progress of my 1812 Sharp Practice project.

The project is centred on a sleepy little town in His Majesty's Loyal Colony of Upper Canada. The town is located at the point where the Eleven and Three Fifths Mile Creek enters Lake Ontario and is called "Viagara On The Lake".

It has a garrison located in Blockhouse Number 4 commanded by Major Brackenried, a Yorkshireman , assisted by Captain Murdoch and Sergeants Crabtree and Higgins. (see previous posts for the inspiration).

Another character who will soon make an appearance is Don Jose de Battista, a Spaniard,who as a young man left his ancestral home when the French invaded. Like many young men he developed an urge to hunt beaver, and having spent several years trapping in Lower Canada, caught a marvellous specimen that he felt could never be surpassed. He decided to settle down in the Niagara Peninsula with the ridiculous idea that he could restart the family business of wine growing - vines, in Upper Canada, crazy!
Don Jose took possession of Plot 19 in Viagara On The Lake and now commands the local militia. His favoured method of hand to hand fighting is swinging a large club and he will be classed as having an "Impressive Weapon" in Sharp Practice.

Back in the real world I'm currently sticking tiles on the god-awful roof of 4Ground's 15mm blockhouse. The 4 segments of the pyramid have  huge gaps between them as they are not mitred - I suppose you would need a tilting table for the laser to achieve that - and the whole roof needs covering to hide them.

I have also got some palisade from Museum Miniatures (cheap in their January Sale) to surround the blockhouse with. Hopefully I'll soon have a picture up of the completed model.


  1. Look forward to seeing the finished blockhouse

  2. I vote for you keeping the blog! I too play SP2 War of 1812 (but in the gods' one true scale :)) and I've enjoyed your posts immensely.

    cheers, Dave

    1. Thanks Dave, I appreciate that - even though you are obviously badly misguided :)

  3. Keep it going, I wana see more beaver!