Rais Ali’s stronghold would definitely be the focus of my New Dilbar village – if not of my whole Dilbar tabletop – so I decided to concentrate on the fort as its size and characteristics would dictate how the rest of the village would look. From what I’d seen of Persian mud-brick buildings of the period, I was happy with the overall look of my fort. The scale of the walls matched the contemporary description although the fort’s footprint was necessarily reduced. In making the model, there were a few practicalities to take into consideration. Each round tower had to accommodate an irregular infantry base; the square tower, two bases. I built the parapets so that infantry bases could line the battlements although originally I had planned that only the towers should accommodate troops. I wanted one wall to have a way of indicating that it was demolished in the event that the Imperial demolition parties got to work on the fort – as they did in reality. The fort’s gateway was a bit of a problem. I needed a solution for an entrance that could be either closed or open that, perhaps, could be substituted with blown-to-bits version – again, in case the Imperial demolition parties were able to destroy the gateway.
Originally, I had planned to have the fort’s square tower on the outside south-west corner of the village (see map Post 8) but placing it where I did meant that the roadway leading into the fort could contribute more to the character of the village. I thought it was a pretty sure- fire thing that the fort was built around a water source of some kind so I put a well in the courtyard.

New Dilbar Fort

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