|Kevin provided about 50% of the trees. All the ones in the foreground of these two photos are his and are commercially produced (K and M maybe?). He got the thin cypress/poplar trees a few years ago "especially with this game in mind!"|
|Kev's resin haystacks look to me as if they belong in this field. One caught fire|
in the historical battle so we were going to allow for that to happen.
|The eastern extremity of our table showing hedges and the Great Orchard. |
All these were reclaimed and renovated from our earlier Waterloos.
|Looking along the same stretch of reclaimed road|
but due West towards the southern garden wall.
|Junction of Great Orchard with the corner of the Formal Garden. The gate, and|
the one below, were old pieces of plastic toy farm fencing with balsa wood gateposts
and cross beam, suitably painted and given some woodgrain effect with fine liner pen.
|Back to the northern perimeter and the pond again. This track leads to the |
"covered way" which I had yet to build on the "extra bit" of side terrain.
|The NW corner of the table shows the rising ground to the West |
overlooking the kitchen garden.We saw this as the setting for
a French flank attack so I made a battalion-sized open strip
with a hedge for initial cover.
|I have rebuilt the LHS "extra bit" with cardboard, PVA and paper, as with the rest.|
This photo shows me applying the basic layer of gunge over everything except the track itself
|Basic colour green painted, and the track, plus a small path up the slope, have been|
modelled in "yoghurt consistency" filler with PVA and paint, then scribed with wheel
ruts once it had cured to a slightly harder surface
|You can see it's all rather wet and messy|
|The grass has had several dry brushings now, getting steadily lighter and |
more yellow while the track gets coloured with a deeper base coat. I just kept on
trying till they were a decent match for the main table.
|Hougoumont Farm buildings in the distance were being renovated|
|Above and below: still show the bank on the left which made it such a good |
sheltered position for the Guard Light infantry to recover.
The next batch show the finished effect. It was hard to know how far to go with trees for the covered way based on what we had seen first hand, so I decided to make bushy trees for the farm end of the track and very thick hedges on the orchard side but thinner hedges on the MSJ side. In the game we would make anyone sheltering in the covered way out of direct line for artillery and give them hard cover from musketry.
Here it is in action during the game. Kevin's photo shows Nassau infantry, Luneburg light troops and Hanoverian Jagers lining the forward hedge, with British companies reinforcing down MSJ.
That's enough for this part. I'll finish off next time with the Formal Garden and final details.