Now, I know a few of you will be reading this and saying - 'what breach?' but actually there were various points around the walls which had taken a bit of a pounding. There was a serious Jacobite assault during which they attempted to destroy a damaged bastion near Butcher's Gate facing out on to the bog side (west).
|This is what I originally planned using the Kallistra pieces.|
I intend to use these walls not only for Derry but for other Irish towns and possibly for other northern European towns at some point so the breach idea was on!
|Building the breach using foam core and PVA glue|
|This took quite a long time to do and was somewhat trial and error|
In the early stages of this project I was really struggling for walls sections and including the breach I had purchased from Kallistra I still had barely four feet to play with. This lack of material led me directly to constructing the middle two feet of the wall section including the gatehouse - which was never part of the original idea.
|Adding heavy metal objects and expecting them to stay put with wood glue was frustrating - the sand acts to form a concrete|
|Chocoloate brown emulsion - dry brushing and then layers of inking|
Packing the breach area was fiddly and firstly involved large layered sections of foam core. These provided a discernible shape but much time was spent on gluing many tiny slivers and chunks of cut off foam core to achieve the effect I wanted.
|a perspective from early in the construction process|
|Far from finished - I am still considering outer groundwork and inner buildings|
The most significant element of this part of the build was the drying time between each layer which often had to be re-covered with yet more fine sand, rubble, cat litter, sharp sand small rocks.
|wreckage in the breach - see what you can spot!|
When the bastion was skimmed with plaster and then coated with my usual sand mix the extent of the open space was clear. I decided that if a breach was affected in a fortification and the attackers had not stormed it, the defenders were likely to try and hold it. For that reason I built some temporary wooden gun platforms in the bastion. I intended to protect these with gabions and chevaux de frise when the walls were in use for games.