The Bradsfort Project Goals
The Bradsfort Project was initially inspired by the Halifax Citadel, also known as Fort George. It is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia along the Eastern coast of Canada, and is personal favourite place to visit. Not only is the layout is simple yet strong and effective, but it focuses on those who inhabited the fort rather than conflicts, strategic victories, or political matters surrounding it. This is why Bradsfort was inspired by the Halifax Citadel.
The Bradsfort Project grew to have a couple of goals. The first was to research more about the architecture and construction of star forts from the 1700’s and 1800’s. They are a awesome evolution of military castles and forts before modern firepower drove them underground. Plus, they are very cool to look at.
The secondary goal relates to the roots in the Halifax Citadel. Bradsfort aims to create a digital representation of a real location. That is to say it focuses on detail and a high degree of historical accuracy, on educating others and telling stories, and on demonstrating the results of a physical-to-digital reconstruction. Whether to help with restoration projects or expansions, or simply changes to a historical site, Bradsfort would be the showpiece for the pitch.
As with all Landmine752 projects, Bradsfort also exists as an opportunity to practice multimedia design and marketing. From designing the fort’s shape and layout, to the Badge of Arms and resulting logo, to the mini-site you are viewing, these were all parts of the Bradsfort Project and what made it such a fun project to work on.
The Building of Bradsfort
From the research, Bradsfort first took form as a bunch of shapes in Adobe Illustrator. Taking this into Minecraft provided a foundation upon which the trenches were dug and walls built. While some tools were used, a significant portion of Bradsfort was done by hand as a relaxing pastime. Since February 2016, Bradsfort was an ongoing project.
To become a project that could effectively translate a real fort to a digital medium, building the interior sections was mandatory. With the research on hand, the mazes through the walls were carved and the bunks of the barracks were furnished.
Just as modern weaponry eventually made star forts outdated, Minecraft’s significant updates in late 2017 and 2018 made Bradsfort more and more outdated. With the Bedrock edition finally succeeding the Java edition, the plethora of new blocks, and many technical changes, Bradsfort’s construction halted at around 80%. It simply became too much of a task to restart (after a lengthy break of Factorio, that is).
The Showpiece for a Pitch
Days of research provided a mass of information on all aspects of star forts and military strategy in the 1700’s and 1800’s. While I am still no expert in these areas, Bradsfort had also achieved that second goal. With loads of detail going into it’s planning and construction, many of which are pointed out in this website, there are many stories to be told and much history to be learned.
It’s not just a build to look at, but one to explore.
As a demo piece for a theoretical pitch for a digital reconstruction, Bradsfort is done. Whether to plan future changes or expansions, project reconstruction efforts, or provide a digital tour, Bradsfort successfully demonstrates a detailed historical build.