Thursday, 19 April 2018

West Country Quatre Bras Part Two: Terrain is ready

Getting a bit excited now and keen to show my followers what I've been doing for the last month. Completely reworked the terrain from Quatre Bras part 1 but managed to keep the essential features very similar. Kevin has been working his socks off finalising figures, orbats, briefings and he gave a lot of thought how to bring the results of our QB1 refight through to start the game sensibly for Part Two. I produced a new terrain map in Photoshop on which he has superimposed every unit and commander approximately as we finished last September.

Where we got to, with the French in advanced positions, gave us the opportunity to turn the terrain through 90 degrees and recreate it with a more historically realistic ground scale - about 200 metres to 12 inches on the table. That will stretch the Allied lines somewhat and should give us a very exciting game since we have close fighting from the off - about 10 am on Saturday. We pick up the action about 5.45 pm on 16th June 1815 and hope to get enough 15 minute moves done in our two days to get to "nightfall".....we shall see.

But on to some random photos of the installation art...........

View from the North-west
Above and below: bridges across the Gemioncourt stream

The paved chausee towards Quatre Bras from Gemioncourt farm
and past La Bergerie
Above and below: two views of the Materne lake and the difficult hedges along
Gemioncourt stream
By the end of our QB1 the French had managed to make three significant gaps in
 the hedges along the stream
Above and below: The road through Bossu Wood.
These trees will be much disrupted by the warring battalions (sob!)

Reverse view South down the chausee towards Gemioncourt
The road to Namur from QB crossroads crosses two streams and a deep cutting
which historically gave some cover from French cannon fire
 All the above photos were taken a couple of days ago, but today I have tidied up the room and the Duchess has helped me lift the "extra bit" of terrain into position.  This time it is 94 inches by 24 inches and we have managed to get it almost in syncronisation with the main table (see the Z -shaped cutout). I suspect if the French can carry on their advance we will see it fully used. So the photos below were taken today with the low evening light messing them up - I will close the blinds during the game when the sun is in the West.


Above and below: Again using the metal oven tray and magnetic tape
 unit markers for all the off-table but on-map movement and reserves.
 Kevin has made some superb time line and victory point charts.
More of all this in the game reports 

Just a few of my units on the table so far, most will arrive tomorrow

So these poor photos are the best I can do today, but Kevin is bringing most of the figures on Friday for us to get everything ready, and I hope I will have time to give you a "full dress" preview in 24 hours, not just the scenery.



13 comments:

  1. Looks fantastic Chris ­čś¬

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  2. Looks simply amazing as usual Chris and may I also add that your wargames room looks sensational as well. Love the light that your windows allow. Very much looking forward to this and really wish I could be in Blighty to participate.

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  3. Awesome terrain, so many splendid, immersive and realistic details! Love the Gemioncourt stream...

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  4. Thank you all for your praise. It was hard work but great fun to create. Hope some of you will join me in there one day!

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  5. Yes! Tabletop terrain (and physical space) at its finest.

    Best Regards,

    Stokes

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    1. Thanks Stokes for your appreciation

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  6. Chris,
    I have spent some time studying this set up - first class. I really wish I could have made it. Enjoy the weekend.

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    1. Thanks Graham. Hope we will get your company one day but appreciate you were down South the previous weekend for Salute

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  7. What a wonderful table Chris!

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    1. Thanks Stuart - probably the major hobby pleasure for me.

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  8. Extraordinarily good Chris
    I'm continually amazed by how much effort you all go to
    Well done

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    1. Well, if a job's worth doing...........

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