Eisenbach Phase Tactical Map
The map is designed so that there is a large town or city on each wargames table. On the map there is one every three squares either north to south or east to west. A city (indicated by a church) is always four scenic squares and a town always two scenic squares.
The rest of the map has a built up area in each alternative square. This is always a single square representing either a village or a farm.
In between is either a hill or river or a blank square representing either a woods or a marsh.
So on each wargames table there would be one city or large town square, normally in the middle of the table. This left eight other squares. A maximum of four would be village or farm. The remainder would be river, hill, woods or marsh.
When I designed this map system about ten years ago we had a large collection of commercial buildings, both north European and Spanish. All of them were stand alone and would be placed on 6x6 inch felt squares to represent villages or farms.
We also had sufficient trees to create a maximum of four wooded squares.
Over the years I had collected sufficient walls and hedges to create a maximum of three farms. I quickly found that these were not quite the right size to form the walls and hedges on the standard felt squares.
About six years ago we began to make our own buildings and walls to populate our towns, villages and farms. They were all designed to fit on the standard felt squares.
Our custom built buildings and walls are now complete. Our commercial walls and hedges have been cut to size and based on stands to fit the felt squares
North European Scenery
The next phase is to standardise all of the buildings and scenery, in order to ensure that it is all used in sequence. Or at least maximise the use of each item.
We require a maximum of one large town/city of four felt squares. We also need a maximum of two villages, walled farms or open farms, all to fit on one felt square each.
I have now numbered these as shown on the photo of the table above.
The city and town buildings are all free standing buildings. There are sufficient spare buildings to add variety. The walled farms are single units, with all of the walls permanent. The stone wall and hedges are two L shaped sections. There are sufficient for three different types of wall and hedge.
Spanish and Portuguese Scenery
All of the buildings are duplicated for Southern Europe. The large town/cities are natural stone. The farms and villages are whitewash. The same trees are used for both north and south.