Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fort Pitt; My French and Indian War tour wrap-up

Next up, after Fort Ligonier, I drove to downtown Pittsburgh to visit the Fort Pitt Blockhouse and Museum. I knew the Blockhouse would be closed, but could still view the outside, and the Museum itself was open for visiting. The route from Ligonier to Pittsburgh included some rough and wooded countryside, and it got me thinking about game terrain, of course. I think I am representing the more cultivated areas well enough in my games, but want to add more ruggedness to my wooded terrain. The challenge is to maintain "figure friendliness," too. I'll figure it out.

Anyway, the park area around the Museum and Blockhouse is really attractive.

More cool dioramas of Fort Pitt at several stages in its growth, along with some set-piece life-size displays. And more regimental colors.

A section of the Museum is devoted to an interesting exhibit showcasing movie memorabilia from Cecil B. DeMille's epic "Unconquered." 

And then it was off to Cleveland and back to work.

See ya!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fort Ligonier; My French and Indian War tour Part 3

More Fort Ligonier. . .

More walking along the perimeter walls. . . Look! A moat!

Finished up at the gift shop where I purchased two books. Outposts of the War for Empire by Charles Morse Stotz is a big coffee table format book with lots of very good plan illustrations of the fort architecture of both the French and English during the F&IW. Robert Rogers' Rules for the Ranging Service by Matt Wulff is an analysis of the actual written rules crafted by Rogers. Good stuff.

On to Fort Pitt!