You might like to refer back to that post for the map but the design was based on the simple contours in the centre fold of Ugo Pericoli's book "Waterloo" which was written to go with the 1971 film. Paul and I had studied many maps, contemporary and those in the standard works, but found that, for our purposes, this one was quite accurate and good enough. It doesn't have a scale but when compared to more precise ones that can easily be deduced. Our area is big enough to accommodate the Prussian approach and for the French to move forward to hold them off if so wished, and also for a problematic "left hook" by any audacious French player.
|Seven 6ft x 2ft strong MDF boards were placed on large folding tables so I can take it down eventually. The first layer of contours is marked directly with green marker pen|
|The higher contour is now marked with brown acrylic shading, and the rough positions of built up areas|
indicated as a reminder
|This was messy play as my 3 year old grandson would call it! Big plain sheets of removers wrapping paper were laid over one another with slightly dilute PVA glue using a wide brush to make papier mache|
|A view of the map in what will become Mont St Jean ridge. The position of La Haye Sainte is marked with the square at right.|
|PVA saturated wet paper in close up - yuk!|
|This process took several sessions and when it dried produced a nice uniform whiteness|
|This is the extra bit sculpted and wrapped in the same PVA/paper method, |
with roads indicated
Well that's enough for now, we'll get on to the colouring next time.