Fort and entrenchments plus defenders are from Simon who developed the rules and umpired. The besiegers, Martin and Steven, supplied their own troops. I provided the explosion markers.
The rules were based on the SPI boardgame about the siege of Lille.
The following photos were taken with my phone which I am slowly getting the hang of.
The Allies in position to start encroaching on the fortress.
The brave defenders.
End of the first week.
I managed to delay the work on one sap,
but must start rationing my ammunition.
End of week two - the saps are getting bigger.
Week three and the parallels commence.
One of the fortress' bastions and the ravelin have taken a bit of damage.
End of week four and the besiegers are now in a position to bring some of their guns forward.
My infantry safe behind the fortress walls.
Week five and things are looking serious.
We are now within mortar range, not that there is much ammo.
As it was it was silenced on its debut
(which explains why it is facing the wrong way)
Week six - we can't quite see the whites of their eyes yet...
The enemy mortar.
Neither mortar seemed much good at getting hits.
In fact much of my defensive strategy relied on the enemy missing.
The attackers manning the entrenchments.
The defenders behind the walls.
It is now or never.
We mass our fire against the enemy building their forward saps.
This one is blown away.
And the other one as well.
I am down to seven rounds of ammo for my siege guns and three rounds for my mortar.
Week eleven and all my troops are to the forward defences.
An attack is imminent.
But it never came...
My guns were down to their last round, but the enemy's artillery was exhausted.
This is as close as they got.
The fortress survives.