One of the features of the Austerlitz battlefield was the Sokolnuitz Castle, and the nearby walled Pheasantry. Both saw fierce fighting in the morning of December 2, 1805.
Michael's (American chain of "Big Box" Craft and Art supply store) had one of their periodic "30% off entire purchase" events a few weeks back. I had been waiting for one, so I used it to pick up a bunch of craft paint (mostly of whites, browns and greys), and few other items as seen below,
The actual Sokolnitz (Sokolnice in Czech) "castle" is more of a Chateau, based upon a fortified manor house from 1560.
Courtyard of the "castle", undergoing renovations.
Another view of the "castle" from the outside.
View of the back of the "Castle"
Wall of the nearby Pheasantry - the patched areas are said to have been necessitated by the creation of embrasures for French artillery pieces. The writing reads 1805 - 2 - 12, date of the battle.
Primed are two more "Birdhouse" towers to join the other two "Assyrian" ones I did last year, and the middle one is primed and ready to become "Sokolnitz Castle" for my Austerlitz game in 2 weeks. It will represent the defensive position of the Chateau and the nearby peasantry. The plan is to paint the walls a yellow/Cream color, leave the doors and battlements in the brown Primer color, and do the tops of the towers in red, with black and yellow flags flying from them (Hapsburg colors). Should at least give a fair impression of the original.
Micron pens in black, brown, Green, Blue, Dark Blue, and Red. Very handy for fine lines.
A number of my Heki trees had become detached from their bases, so I used my "Goop" to re-affix them. Much better.
Barry had made up a bunch of the "rocks" for me that we use to indicate lost "Unit Integrity", but I had dragged my feet for a few years painting and flocking the round wooden bases they are on. Task done there as well, once again all ready for the Austerlitz game.