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English Civil War Mortar and Crew

By Michael Cannon / April 23, 2013
Pike and Shotte Mortar Crew

Pike and Shotte Mortar CrewOne of the things I am missing in my English Civil War armies is something that has a *big* boom. In a recent game with someone else’s miniatures, I discovered that mortars could fire over the heads of troops in front of them and not need to have a line of sight. (I knew this for real, but was not aware of it in Black Powder terms) So I began a diligent search through my lead piles, both painted and not, to see what I had. I had given away the only barrel I could have used that was not a a carriage so I turned instead to my Games Workshop Empire Army for assistance. The only drawback was that it was on a carriage, but what the heck, I play friendly games anyway, so I pulled it out and went about setting up my new indirect fire weapon.

Pike and Shotte Mortar CrewThe base is made from a couple of layers of balsa wood with cutouts for the crew and vinyl magnet cut to fit the cutout. I used Liquitex Resin Gel to cover it and then drybrushed the base with two different shades of craft paints. Woodland Scenics grass products provided the finishing touches. I probably should have used styrene for the base but this was an early version one base that I just rolled back into the queue!

The accessories come from my Games Workshop bitz box and include a rammer and powder scoop, the instock and ball, and a storage box with some stuff on it that suited the period. There are two officers on the base but one is the gun commander and the other (with the book) is the master gunner/engineer (not that it plays a role in Black Powder).

About the author

Michael Cannon

I have been wargaming as long as I can remember. I met my wife when I was 14 and had been gaming long before that so that should give you an indication as to how long it has been. One of the first games I owned was Anzio by Avalon Hill. I drove over to the hobby shop in the snow to pick it up as I finally had the money to get something! I can remember playing with Airfix figures and Roco tanks back in the 6th grade and before.

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