Sunday, January 21, 2018

'BFG' from AaronH: Bombard and Crew - The Original BFG

This entry is for the BFG bonus round. This is a 20mm Bombard from Zvezda. I left off the small crew and added crew from some Hundred Years War artillery from Black Tree Design.

The bombard was the original big gun. They were laid out on the ground because they didn't have a carriage that could handle the beast.

These were wall breakers, but also prestige items. Henry the VIII had twelve of them cast for his war in France, the Twelve Apostles. Due to their high cost they were often heavily decorated.

The model itself is nice enough, though the canon has some unfortunate casting errors; which, come to think of it, is fairly accurate from an historical perspective.

The BTD figures are nice. Simple, easy to paint. Good clean casts as is normal for their stuff.

Looking at this I realize that I failed to cover a couple of the holes for the tabs on the 20mm figures. The timber bracing behind the gun is my favorite part of this model. It really looks the part.

The barrel is removable in case I want to do a wagon for it at some point.

The 28mm crew look just fine on this. Since there was not really a standard size for these guns this could easily be a smaller example of the breed.

I'm not at all sure on points. The three figures are 15. The terrain is about nine inches long and seven wide at its widest, but it is only an inch tall.


  1. Nice, the 28mm figures work well with this big old bombard!
    Best Iain

  2. I know this model well and seeing this, can only conclude you've done a top notch job!

  3. wow - what a beast! Those crew don't look nearly as scared as I'd be standing anywhere even vaguely near it.... Great job.

  4. Wonderful! I love the timber bracing and gunner pits.

  5. Nice work, Aaron! The crew and cannon do look fine and mesh well. I like the timber and shiny, brassy colors!