Sunday, 22 April 2018

Leon Campaign Map to Table


Wargames Map

To make it easier to transfer the map battle to the wargames table I have organised my scenery to make it all standard.   There are two sets, one Spanish and one north European.

On the wargames map each village or farm is numbered or identified as farm with hedge or wall.

All built up areas (BUA) are free standing and placed on 6x6” squares of felt.   Green for farms and light brown for towns and villages.   The felt shows the foot print of the BUA.  The buildings can be removed when the enemy enter the BUA to allow hand to hand fighting and control reinforcements.

Fortified Farms
The fortified farm is a two piece homemade model.  The buildings are separate and can be used for other farms or for a village.   There are two models, numbered one and two on the map.   One felt square is used.   One infantry brigade is required to form the garrison.


Village
Each building and wall section is separate, to allow for more variety.   Again there are two models, numbered the same as the fortified farms.  Each village has a church and two or three small buildings.  One felt square is again used for the footprint.

Hedge and stone walls
All of the buildings can be used as miscellaneous farms.   There are two wall and hedge sections glued to make a standard hedge or wall around the field.   However there are also a lot of long and short sections to allow a wide range of different options.   Once more one felt square is used.


Towns
Two felt squares are used to make a town.   It requires two infantry brigades to provide a full garrison, one in each square.   I have about twenty buildings suitable for towns and cities.   Most are Hovels, the rest home made.   There is also a free standing wall which can be used for either towns or cities, and suitable for either Spain or northern Europe.   Each town has a large church and six miscellaneous buildings.   The same church is always used, but there are a wide variety of building combinations.

Cities
Four felt squares are used for each city.   It requires four infantry brigades, which is a full corps, to provide a full garrison.   The walls are only used when a walled city is shown on the map.   Each city has a cathedral and twelve miscellaneous buildings.
Once more the same cathedral is always used, but a different selection of buildings.

The aim of standardised buildings is to ensure that I used all of the available scenery in rotation.   Each wargame map has all of the available combinations.

In addition I have felt outlines for woods and marshes.

4 comments:

Robert (Bob) Cordery said...

A very simple but elegant solution to the problems usually associated with representing BUAs on the tabletop. I particular,t like the use of different coloured felt to show the difference between farms and villages/towns/cities.

All the best,

Bob

thistlebarrow said...

Hi Bob

Thanks for your comments

Because there are so many cities/towns in our campaigns, nine in each phase, we tend to do a lot of BUA fighting. This includes both artillery and skirmish fire and, of course, hand to hand.

As always I try to keep the rules simple, and the outcome obvious. I aim for the defenders to have a distinct, but overpowering, advantage.

I must do a blog to explain exactly how it works

best regards

Paul

Robert (Bob) Cordery said...

Paul,

I look forward to reading that.

All the best,

Bob

thistlebarrow said...

Hi Bob

I will try to take some photos during the week and do the blog next week

regards

Paul