|(A front gate view of my new hill fort)|
Several months ago, I purchased a set of Dark Ages Welsh figures from my friend Dan.
This motivated me to raise a warband, so I could compete in this year's SAGA Tournament at Enfilade. And thus, the
contemptible actions legendary exploits of my warlord became known to all who read the The Chronicles of Culhwch y Drewllyd.
All has been quiet on the Dark Ages front since the
sad business valiant stand against the Viking raiders.
Then, a couple weeks ago, Mike posted on NHMGS's Facebook page that he was selling a 28 mm (millimeter)-scaled hill fort.
I thought this would be perfect for Culhwch and his warband, so I put in an immediate offer to buy it.
Since the fort was too big to ship, I met Mike for the first time at a strip mall half-way between our residences. After getting the hill fort into my Jeep before it rained, we chatting for a bit about gaming, painting, and some mutual gamer friends, before parting company.
With just two days before Thanksgiving, and before I went back to work, I managed to snap some photos:
|(A front gate view with Culhwch's entire warband manning the fort)|
|(A view facing the left wall)|
|(A view of the rear gate)|
|(A view facing the right wall)|
Now, what to call the place?
Well, since Culhwch is the lord of Biswail Swp Tyno (Dung Heap Dale), I figured his new fort should be similarly named.
Using the University of Wales' English-to-Welsh on-line translator, I came up with two Welsh words for castle: Caer and castell (or cestyll).
Yes calling a hill fort a castle will fit-in with Culhwch's delusions of mediocrity. I'm rather partial to "caer," unless anyone fluent in Welsh has a better suggestion.
So now Culhwch can boast that his fiefdom's new bastion of power is:
Biswail Swp Caer (Dung Heap Castle).
|(The Biswail Swp Caer's "PR Tapestry")|