Buliding A Battlefield

Last time I revisited some of the setups that I really liked. Now, we’re going to take a look at how I set one up. I’m going to begin with the ground cover. In this case it’s a 5′ x 4′ terrain from The Terrain Guy (www.terrainguy.com). It was originally 8′ x 5′ but I decided to cut it in half to make it easier to store and tote around.

This is how it begins.
This is how it begins.

Next, we’ll add the buildings. I picked the church because it looked nice. It also provides a very clear cut objective.

The church really stands out .
The church really stands out .

I also added some grainfields at the corners of the battle field. I cut up an artificial grass doormat to use.
Here are a few more views of the basic layout. I am going for the “Little Country Church” look.

Front of the church.
Front of the church with the Parsonage sitting next to it.
The rear view and yes that little brown building is an outhouse.
The rear view and yes that little brown building is an outhouse.

With the exception of the Parsonage, all of the other buildings are from Miniature Building Authority. The little family plot is from Architects of War while the Parsonage is from the Perry Brothers line.

The next part will probably be a little difficult to see. I added a couple of small hills, one on each end of the battlefield. The problem is that the hills match the terrain mat so well that it is difficult to see them in the picture.

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Next up, I added some trees. These are resin cast trees from MBA. I prefer them to model railroad type of trees because they are more durable. The thing to remember is that model railroad trees are designed for static displays. They generally don’t hold up well to the rigors of wargaming at least that’s been my experience.
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The final step is to add some fencing. Most of the wooden fencing “back in the day” tended to be what was called serpentine. It was a rail fence that was cheap to make and took advantage of local materials. Battlefield Set Up 026

And there you have it. This set up can be used for several different time period from the American Revolution, the American Civil War or perhaps even the German Invasion of 1905. The next post will feature a battle.
Until then…Play Games and Have Fun!

Miniature Battlefields I Have Known and Loved!

No sooner did I get my table set up then my wife asked me if she could borrow for a day to do a work related project on. Of course I let her after all she is the World’s Greatest Wife and a gamer to boot. So, in the meantime I would like to show some of the miniature battlefields that I’ve laid out on the table while it was set up in the living room of my condo in Clearwater.
The first one is set up to simulate a crossroads during winter. One of my favorite gaming periods is WWII. I especially like NW Europe 1944-45. I’ve used this set up for games set during the Battle of the Bulge.DSCN0839

This first view is a look at the cluster of buildings. I tried to emulate the layouts that I saw in the photographs of the actual campaign.


This is a closer view of the ruined village. You can see some of the vehicles from my US collection.


This is the view from the other end of the table. The Germans or whoever would have a long way to go. The beauty of this set up is that it can be used for a variety of battles from the Napoleonic Period all the way up to WWII.

DSCN0860This next one is a walled estate. It took me close to a year to get all of the terrain pieces but in the end I think it was worth it. All of the buildings and accessories are from the Miniature Building Authority.
It can be used for multiple periods as well. Well, that’s it for now. Next time, I’ll be using the table to show how I set up a Civil War battlefield.
Until then…Play Games and Have Fun!

Well, It’s Done!

Okay, after much moving of boxes and stuff. I have finally got my wargames table set up. It is 6′ long by 5′ wide. I would like to go into exquisite detail about all of the work I put into building it but in truth it is just a couple of heavy duty folding tables laid out side by side with an old green drop cloth over them. I have other drop cloths and a bunch of scenery and of course many soldiers and vehicles.
So here it is.
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The case under the table is one of my figure cases that I use to tote my stuff. I plan on ultimately storing my scenery under the table.

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Another view…I still can’t get over the fact that I now actually have a garage…first one I’ve ever owned in my life.

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And of course next to scenery, soldiers, rules, and such the most important gaming accessory…The Refrigerator!

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I’m hoping that this will be the scene of many different and exciting battles.

Progress Report!

I would like to take a minute to let you all know that yes, there will be a Brink of Battle Report soon. It is taking longer to get my 5′ x 6′ game table set up then I had originally thought. Hopefully, I will have it done by the end of the weekend. Thank you all for your patience.

Brink of Battle IV: Call Out The Guard—Send In The Marines!

In the last post on Brink of Battle, I said that I would develop an American Battleforce to counter the German Invaders. Well in this case, you all will get two for the price of one as it were. We’re going to create two different battleforces to illustrate to other types of troop organization.
We’ll start with The Horde. Once again we will have 525 points to use as we are using a theme which gives us a 25 SP bonus to our base 500. In this case, the theme is a US National Guard Unit that has been called out to stop the Germans. As a side note, the Army National Guard was established in 1903 by absorbing the various State Volunteer units so it fits with our overall theme of “Invasion: 1905”.
The Horde has a minimum of 7 figures up to a maximum of 20. There is 1 commander, 0-1 veteran, and 6+ troopers. The Commander is built using up to 25% of the available points. If a Veteran is included then they get up to 20% and the Troopers take the 55+% of the remaining points.
This squad is built with the concept of the old Veteran commander and everyone else is a fairly green Trooper. It looks like this
National Guard (507 SP’s)
Corporal Edson Wainwright Commander 87 SP’s
Ratings: Combat 4, Command: 5, Constitution 4
Traits: Command, Old Soldier, Marksman +1
Gear: Rifle, Bayonet, Rucksack, Tactical Harness

PVTS Anderson, Bowman, Carriger, Dennis, Fritzlar, Funston, Heldern, Jones, Langford, Muncie
Ratings Combat 2, Command 4, Constitution 3
Traits: None
Gear Same as Corporal Wainwright
There are a total of 11 men in this force which is a standard full strength squad for this time period. They are led by a veteran NCO. The Troopers are green (CMBT 2) but they are motivated because they’re defending their homes and are in reasonable physical shape.
The next American Battleforce we’ll create is a small unit of United States Marines. We’ll use the Elite Force Organization for them. Once again we’ll start with 525 Supply Points.
The Elite Force get 1 Commander who can be built with up to 30% of the Supply Points, 2 or more Veterans who get up to at least 50% of the available point and 0-3 Troopers who can be built with 20% of the points. The unit has a minimum of 3 figures up to a maximum of 10.
United States Marines (516 SP’s)
Sergeant James Grant( Commander) (148 SP’s)
Ratings: Combat 6, Command 7, Constitution 6
Traits: Command, Belay Order, Marksman +3
Gear: Rifle, Bayonet, Rucksack, Tactical Harness, Extra Ammo (+3)

Private John Benson (Veteran) (127 SP’s)
Ratings: Combat 6, Command 6, Constitution 6
Traits: Command, Marksman +3
Gear: Same as Sergeant Grant

Private Charles Evans (Veteran) (120 SP’s)
Ratings: Combat 6, Command 5, Constitution 5
Traits: Marksman +3, Sharpshooter
Gear: Same as Sergeant Grant

Private Edward Richards (Veteran) (126 SP’s)
Ratings: Combat 6, Command 5, Constitution 6
Traits: Marksman +3, Burly
Gear: Same as Sergeant Grant
These are some tough hombres. They’ve seen action in China (1900), the Phillipines and the Spanish American War. What they lack in numbers they make up for in proficiency. As an added historical touch,the names of the Marines are taken from the roster of the USS Baltimore’s Marine Detachment at the Battle of Manila Bay.
Overall, this is the most labor intensive if you will part of the game. Once you get the hang of genning up a Battleforce the easier it becomes. I found it to be fun and challenging.
With the forces drawn up, all that is left now is to send them into the heat of battle. Probably start with the Brandenburgers taking on the National Guard. Until then…
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