Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Parade Ground

I know I promised to detail my campaign plans, and I shall in a day or two, but first – a little diversion for two bits of news in my gaming world, both of them big!

My original games were played out on an old ‘Subbuteo’ game mat, which is basically a green bit of cloth 3 or 4 ft square, and this has been a regular battlefield for me over about ten or fifteen years – no exaggerating! It’s certainly done great service, but I finally decided it was time to get a replacement. Not least because I filled the old mat with the 50% reduced armies in the battle of Froschbach, which meant that any further battles on the old mat would be like a knife-fight in a phone booth. Popping down to Homebase, I’ve bought a grass-green throw to act as my new field of conflict. According to the label it’s 150cm by 200cm, and for the non-metric folk out there that translates into a roughly five foot by six-and-a-half foot of space. Very roomy, even if a bit of that is lost in the tassels at the end, and not bad for about £15.

That would be a big development on it’s own, but there’s more – the lead mountain has shrunk! Here, for the first time ever, is the Luftberg army envisioned over a year ago. Now fully realised in it’s painted and based glory, here is a sight on the wargames table I’ve devoted countless evenings and weekends to realising through 2008, 2009 and 2010. Hooray for Luftberg! Death to their foes!

The full army on parade. I find I have to zoom out far more than normal to see everything on the double-base units!

Infantry Regiments in line, plus artillery.

Dragoon Regiments.

Cuirassiers, Hussars, Grenadiers and Croats.

Elector Ulrich Von Luftberg himself, plus kibitzing nobility of a militarily-minded persuasion.


Bluebear Jeff said...

Very impressive . . . and even more so that you can still game on the floor. . . (my knees haven't allowed that in decades).

I am particularly fond of the gold and red uniforms of the artillery.

-- Jeff

abdul666 said...

Now that IS an army!
A *lot* of devotion, time and work, but what a result!

A J said...

Now that is impressive! I can well imagine the sense of satisfaction you feel at finishing a project. It's always hard to avoid that temptation to "buy just one more unit." ;)

Frankfurter said...

Looks like they're based for K.K. too ... are we looking at a 15mm army?

Fitz-Badger said...

Very nice! The new "battlefield" and the troops.

Capt Bill said...

Handsome lads all! It's also great that your photos can be enlarged. WEE DONE...

Prinz Geoffrey said...

Congratulations very inspiring that you were able to complete it. Gives me hope that some day Cavenderia will field an entire army as well.

andygamer said...

You should ask your wife if she'd mind if you flocked the rug.

CWT said...

Hi everyone, and thanks for your kind words. I admit to being quite pleased with my efforts, and happy to have reached such a milestone!

(The army is 15mm figures, all from Essex Miniatures. I have no idea how to post photos for enlargement, so it seems to be down to's mood on the day if they are 'clickable' for enlarging! Oh, and my knees seem just about able to take playing a game on the floor - hopefully I'll be able to buy a bigger table before they give out!)