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    Tactical Painter
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    I should say Kazemat of course, being the Dutch term for pillboxes. I’ve been getting a little preparation done for a forthcoming Chain of Command campaign set in Holland 1940 where the Dutch player will be able to call on Kazemat as part of their fortification options. I’ve made these using 20mm MDF pillboxes from Blotz. These are designs based on British pillboxes of the late thirties and early forties but they bear a fairly similar resemblance to some of the designs used by the Dutch. I’ll want them to use in other theatres, so I wasn’t looking for something exclusively Dutch, just close enough.

    There’s a longer post/tutorial on how they were made that you can find here: https://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2021/10/pillboxes-in-20mm-for-holland-1940.html

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    #162517
    Andrew Beasley
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    My daughter was involved in a dig where they went through the base of a U.K. pillbox near a searchlight base to get to the medieval toilets below.  It’s amazing how quickly modern buildings are being lost so it’s nice to see a version in model form.

     

    #162611
    Tactical Painter
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    My daughter was involved in a dig where they went through the base of a U.K. pillbox near a searchlight base to get to the medieval toilets below. It’s amazing how quickly modern buildings are being lost so it’s nice to see a version in model form.

    That’s interesting. As part of my research for this project I was reading about one of the Dutch defensive lines built along the Kornwedersland dyke. The pillboxes and bunkers have been built into the dyke itself and as a result they have not proceeded with any post war plans to demolish or remove them because they are now considered a structural part of the dyke and their removal may compromise the dyke. As it happens a surprising amount of them still survive in Holland. Some have been repurposed by local farmers as storage sheds and animal shelters but plenty remain pretty much as they were except for the process of ageing.

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