02 October 2006
A Few Examples of Hanseatic (North German Gothic) Architecture
In response to Jeff Hudelson's request (and who among us can refuse the Duke of Saxe-Bearstein himself?) , here are a few examples of what I termed the "Hansa Style" in my Saturday post -- A style of architecture left to us by the North German (and Flemish) merchants who were active all over Northern Europe for several centuries from about the mid-1100s to the mid-1700s (this is very approximate).
I'll use these structures as models (is that a pun?) for the 6-10 miniature buildings I'll make to go along with my imaginary mid-18th Century armies. I plan to create things like a church, a town hall, several houses with "gabled" end walls, a warehouse, a tavern, and maybe a farmhouse plus barn or two. All structures will be slightly scaled down, so that they don't take up inordinate amounts of table space, but I'll lavish enough construction attention and painting detail on them, so that they are not simply symbolic pieces like those seen in the Grants' books and articles.
To the contrary, I am an Ian Weekley disciple! Ok. . . Maybe not terribly "old school" in outlook and design, but I like interesting buildings and scenery to go with my military figures. Anyway, these photos are of existing buildings in (from the top) Tallin, Estonia -- Riga, Latvia -- Gdansk, Poland -- Stralsund, Germany -- and Bremen, Germany. Enjoy!