Medieval cannon emplacement – using Meadow Fences and Walls.

As promised, here comes the first idea of what can you do with Meadow Fences and Walls. – a medieval cannon siege emplacement.

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Shield lowered, as the crew is reloading the cannon

To be effective early cannons had to be placed and operated relatively close to the walls, often within range of bows or crossbows or other engines of defenders. To protect the crew against missiles and to hide operations from the sight of the enemy wooden hurdles and shields were erected at gun sites.

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Shield raised, as the cannon is ready to fire.

Before the use of cannons and handguns became widespread such wooden screens provided an effective protection against arrows and bolts and were a common sight during sieges in XIVth and XVth century. Above you can see an example of such siege fortification. Wooden pavement protects the ground at the site from turning to mud in case of rain,as the siege could last weeks or sometimes months. The hinged shield protecting the crew was raised when the cannon was ready to fire, by pulling the ropes attached to its top.

This cannon emplacement itself was made only using elements of Meadow Fences and Walls set, with exception of ropes made of natural linen thread – something I recommend for every modeller to have at hand :). Below you can find a brief overview of elements used. The cannon and crew on above photos are obviously from the Veuglaire set.

 

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