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  • #155239
    Rough Rider
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    Good stuff CtG; can’t wait to see how your teddy bear hide works out.

    #155566
    Charge The Guns
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    Thanks Rough Rider! Next post will be on the ‘battle rug’:-)

    #155644
    Corso
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    Great artillery bases there!

    Will definitely copy your idea!!!!!

    #155654
    Charge The Guns
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    Thanks, Corso!

    I’m sure you’re artillery will be more accurate with a good level firing platform.

    #156042
    Charge The Guns
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    This week’s blog entry is all about fun with fur!

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    My adventures in making a battlefield cloth. It really was relatively easy. The biggest issue was getting a big enough cloth. I would encourage people to have a go.

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    #156956
    Charge The Guns
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    With the miniature battlefield complete (see previous post on Fun With Fur) we had the opportunity to get the toy soldiers out and check how the different formations fitted with the terrain. A wargame ‘dress rehearsal’ was therefore arranged.

    We gathered at one of our regular club Saturday meets and started the set up. The foundations of the battlefield are a set of 600mm x 600mm foam modules, 5 modules by 3. Over the top of the modules the teddy bear fur surface was unrolled. All good so far!

    First of all we added the 3 windmills. One still to be painted! Now, this is where figure / terrain scale and ground scale clash badly. The model windmills will take up far more room that the actual windmills did. I think we can live with this, and we may need to shuffle them around during the game as they shouldn’t interrupt troop movement unduly. With the windmills down we could now add the windmill artillery battery, and also the miller’s house.

    We then got down to discussing the town of Lutzen. Only the gardens surrounding the town walls were part of the battlefield as the Imperial forces set fire to the town itself so they didn’t need to defend all of it. We therefore planned to only represent a small part of the town and the surrounding garden. Bruce, who was building the town and garden bits, was keen try out his measurements on the final battle-rug. After detailed pictures and measurements we’re taken we used some of my fields to stand in for gardens during the dress rehearsal.

    More pictures and details on my blog here https://theviaregia.blogspot.com/2019/03/dress-rehearsal.html?m=1

    #156979
    Rough Rider
    Participant

    Awesome stuff CtG- your pictures are inspiring.

    #156983
    Corso
    Participant

    Absolutely fantastic CTG – love that blog post!

    As RR said, they are very inspiring.

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    #156986
    Charge The Guns
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    Thank you very much, RR and Corso 🙂

    Really looking forward to playing a full game after whetting the appetite at the dress rehearsal.

    #157038
    Charge The Guns
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    Excitement mounts as we get closer to the 6th April, the day of Salute 2019. The wrist bands and set up instructions are through from the organisers, and our own travel plans are all in place. I think we have planes, trains and automobiles covered in terms of how all of us are getting there. I have tried to persuade someone to come by canal barge, but everyone else thought just three modes of transport was fine!

    Check out the South London Warlords site for details, including a map of order stands and games, here.
    http://www.salute.co.uk/salute/salute-2019/

    The FOGH game will be at GK13. I hope you will stop by to look at the game and chat.

    More preparation discussed on the blog here.
    https://theviaregia.blogspot.com/2019/03/salute-2019.html?m=1

    #157060
    Rough Rider
    Participant

    Please remember to take some pictures and post a link here.:)

    #157077
    invisible officer
    Participant

    The table pics look superb.

    Remembers me how Long Long Long ago I last visited Salute.

    All the best for travel.

    #157078
    Dr Dave
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    Wow CtG, that does look spectacular!

    #157174
    Charge The Guns
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    Thank you, Rough Rider, IO and Dr. D. !

    I will indeed make every effort o take pictures and post them back here or on the blog.

    #157202
    Charge The Guns
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    I finished painting up my Gustav II Adolf figure for the Salute 2019 game.

    Gustav II Adolf, the ‘Lion of the North’ is one of the iconic figures of the Thirty Years War, and is famous amongst wargamers for many military innovations. Lutzen, 1632, was the second and last of Gustav’s major battles in the Thirty Years War. His death in the battle cemented Gustav’s position as a hero of the Protestant cause at the time, and as a national icon for Sweden to this day.

    The model was a joy to paint. A nicely detailed metal casting that fitted together (man and horse) very easily. I undercoated in Humbrol enamel matt black (seems to be a growing trend!) and then painted in Vallejo acrylics. Finished off with a coat of Daler-Rowney matt acrylic varnish, which I find to be the mattest finish out there. I have tried to give an impression of Gustav in the same clothing looted from his body in the battle, riding Streiff.

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