|South Staffords occupy the villa while the Royal Scots Fusileers hold the flank|
|The South Staffords dig in|
|The Royal Scots Fusileers guard the right flank near the factory|
|The Gordon Highlanders move forward on the exposed left flank|
|In support of L Battery, the Royal Horse Artillery|
|Cavalry deploy in advance of the main defensive line|
|The 17th Lancers engage the enemy's Uhlans to defend L Battery|
|In a stiff fight the Uhlans are driven off and the distant German battery overrun|
|And a supporting infantry regiment taken prisoner|
|In the end the Hun are little trouble. Time for tea I think...|
We think the rules are developing nicely now to provide the size and nature of game we want to play. The Great War can be a little overwhelming when it comes to the tabletop if you let it. We are aiming at Brigade sized actions in the early months of the war, brought to the tabletop battlefield on a table sized no more than 7' x 4', probably the size most gamers have access to. As we both enjoy painting 28mm figures, that determines the scale of the game, and the wonderful range from Great War Miniatures provides most of the figures needed, although other ranges are available ~ Wargames Foundry, Musketeer Miniatures, Mutton Chop, Old Glory come to mind readily. Infantry battalions are represented by 10 bases of figures, each 50 x 40mm, including a command base and a machine gun company, while cavalry are represented in 6 or 8 figure squadrons on bases to suit tastes about 50 x 50mm in our case. Artillery are on bases 50 x 80mm and have two models to a battery, with limbers and the like being optional. Brigade and army commands are based on appropriate sized round bases. More news of the rules in due course as they say.
On a different front Phil was kind enough to rebase some ancient terrain pieces for me and I've been working on one this week. As it stands right now this is how it looks ~
Its an old Ian Weekley Battleground item with columns from Coritani I think. The mosaic patterns I downloaded after a web search and resized for use on the model. I will add extra groundwork, static grass and clump vegetation to give it a more worn look. Probably I'll also was the tiles and walls with a dirty colour to tone it down a tad too. Pop back to see it in all its glory next week some time. Now, as they might have said in August one hundred years ago, "Here we go, Cheerio, Toodle Oo, Goodbyeee..." until the next time.