I’ve been planning on building a FFL desert fort for some time. Almost a year. What has prevented me was that I had no idea how I would go about doing this–no idea of the materials needed or which would work better; my building techniques were not perfected and my painting methods were untested; and I was simply worried that the project would be a disaster if I jumped right in. So I took my time and did some research and lots of thinking about how exactly to take on building some of the structures such as the walls and buildings. I practiced a bit with some blue foam and perfected some painting techniques that look like stucco/adobe. So. Garden is in. Spring (cleaning) is over. Work still sucks but now I’m ready.
The fort will be very much like Fort Zinderneuf but the walls and arrangement of buildings might be a bit off. I also have not perfected the slight angles to the walls that can be seen on the actual movie fort so the walls will probably go straight up. I’m not going for exact replica here–just a nice piece of playable terrain for my 1:72 scale miniatures (mounted on pennies). I might call it Blockhaus 17 or Fort Adriana or Fort Bou Izkan (or something). It could be the other fort just down the caravan track from Zinderneuf. Basic plan is to build the fort on a 1/2 inch sheet of blue styrene mounted on a 1/4 inch plywood base. This might allow me to have steps leading to the semi-dug-in barracks building (a bit of depth). The picture below show some of the obvious structures and general features of the basic desert fort structure. I also wrote a little checklist of structures and details that will need to be built. So over this summer I will get this project started and periodically post pictorial updates and tutorials.