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Xintao Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2017 7:47 a.m. PST

Sick of me yet?

For the sake of completeness, I have the final build steps and pictures of the completed project for this last post.

As I've recounted earlier, Tuesday before the convention was supposed to be a full day of building Eylau and Frostgrave. The weather had other plans. We were hit with the worst storm of the winter, and lost power about 11am. Didn't get it back till sometime after 3pm. I spent about 45 minutes trying to get the generator going to no avail. So I had to work by headlamp.


Prepping the board for the water pour.


We use EnviroTex Lite, a 2 part resin that cures very hard.


Once poured we can't touch the board for 24 hours.


Almost done, waiting for my wife to get home with more flock.


Setting up at Cold Wars








Aerial shot from the stairs


We won a PELA on friday night for both Eylau and Frostgrave. On saturday we won Best in Show for Eylau. Thank you HMGS.

Thanks to all who commented on our posting, thanks to those who stopped by the table and admired our work and thanks to the wives for putting up with us.

Now we have to figure how to top it for Historicon…

More pics on my blog:

Cheers from,
Xin/Jeff, Alan, Bob and Lou

Personal logo rampantlion Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2017 8:13 a.m. PST

It was a fantastic set up…nice work. Looks even better in person.

marshalGreg21 Mar 2017 8:36 a.m. PST

After all this….there must be some AARs? Yes?

more more more whoohaha, they going to take me away hee he…


Puddinhead Johnson21 Mar 2017 8:44 a.m. PST

Are the miniatures on the board 15mm? Did you use 10mm buildings? Thanks.

Generalstoner49 Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2017 8:47 a.m. PST

Wow. Well deserved awards. That board is beautiful!

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Mar 2017 10:23 a.m. PST

Saw it at the con and it looked great! How did the games turn out?

6mmACW21 Mar 2017 11:26 a.m. PST

Certainly best of show as far as I'm concerned! Amazing work on the tabletop and thank you for the detailed blog tutorial. Great work, guys.

Louie N21 Mar 2017 12:31 p.m. PST

A stunning Board. Well done.

What scale is all this…Found it; 10mm

What do you guys do with it once you are done?

Ember52 Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2017 12:39 p.m. PST

Xin could tell you for sure, but I think the figures were 10mm. Great-looking game!

cavalry4721 Mar 2017 1:39 p.m. PST

Great work looks so impressive

holien21 Mar 2017 2:32 p.m. PST

Well deserved award. Congratulations. I look forward to seeing your next one at Historicon, but would be just as pleased if you choose to bring this…

stoneman1810 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member21 Mar 2017 2:47 p.m. PST


wrgmr121 Mar 2017 3:46 p.m. PST

Congratulations! Well deserved!

vtsaogames21 Mar 2017 3:49 p.m. PST


And your wife should get an award too.

Xintao Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2017 4:41 a.m. PST

Here is a brief write up about the battles from Alan who ran both Eylau games:

Eylau Friday

The battle opened up with the aggressive Russians advancing on the town of Eylau and driving the French from one side. The occupation was short-lived, however, as Napoleon sent a regiment of the Old Guard to retake the place at the point of the bayonet. An initially promising Russian advance against the French left was similarly checked when the guard cavalry was dispatched to plug the hole, after which the left and center settled into somewhat of a stalemate.

The battle would e decided on the French right, where Marshal Davout's corps was marching onto the field, even as much of Murat's cavalry reserve launched its own assault. The fighting was heavy, as cavalry from both sides charged and counter-charged and Davout's infantry divisions were thrown in piecemeal as they arrived. By the end of the evening, however, it became apparent that Davout's forces had been blunted, too badly hurt to push through and break the Russian line. Worse for the French, Lestocq's Pussian columns were almost in action.

Though both armies still had some fight left in them, we called it a narrow Russian victory.

Eylau Saturday

Perhaps channeling the frustration of their forebears of the night before, Saturday saw a VERY aggressive group of French players. Once again, the guard cavalry was dispatched to the French left to hold off the masses of Russian cavalry there. But this time the guard infantry advanced as well, pouring through Eylau and storming the Russian positions on the ridge. Casualties were extremely heavy all along the line, and many French regiments were forced back. But the guard pressed on, up and over he crest, driving its opponents before it.

Meanwhile, the entire cavalry reserve, and Davout's corps, attack on the Russian left again, this time with considerably more success. Davout's divisions assaulted the Russian line, driving them back as the cavalry reserve poured around the flank. By the end of the evening, the Russian army had some fight left, but it was in extreme peril of being cut off by Murat's victorious squadrons.

We called it a decisive French victory.

So, Eylau at Cold Wars ended in a 1-1 tie.

historygamer22 Mar 2017 5:52 a.m. PST

Congrats on your great games. The awards are well deserved. I won an award for my game Saturday afternoon. So that makes three (you had two) of the six (?) PELA awards. I wonder who won the other three? It would be nice to see pictures of all the winning games posted.

Again, job well done. :-)

holien22 Mar 2017 6:53 a.m. PST

Historygamer, fyi the double blind WW2 game won a PELA on Saturday morning.

Run by Jake and Marc, a market garden scenario called a race against time.

You are right, simple things like posting a photo of the award and table would help advertise and encourage other GM's.

I guess it is all down to time and volunteers who would do it. People want to play games and not run the show as a business…

Congratulations to all those that won PELA and it is a pity that great tables like Xintao have created often only get one outting, as said earlier in this thread i would love to see this at Historicon… Beautiful work…

historygamer22 Mar 2017 7:59 p.m. PST

Found out another winner was Bob Giglio for his game in the dealer area. So that's five of the awards accounted for. One more, plus best theme game.

historygamer22 Mar 2017 8:00 p.m. PST

Here's an idea. Invite all the winners from CWs to attend Hcon – free of charge. Set up a special area, with plenty of room, and let them run the winning games again. Seems like an obvious thing, but never been done before.

John de Terre Neuve Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2017 4:55 a.m. PST

really a terrific terrain, well deserved reward.


Personal logo ACWBill Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2017 2:40 p.m. PST

Congratulations to you all for a beautiful board and well deserved award.

historygamer23 Mar 2017 3:49 p.m. PST

Col.Bill won a PELA too. That makes six of them.

Baranovich24 Mar 2017 1:40 p.m. PST

Just awesome to see a well-designed and built winter board! Really inspiring!

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2017 2:05 p.m. PST

Wonderful board. Did you use woodland scenic snow flock? How did you get it to stick to the board? I would love to do something like this but my main problem is storage. You have a really great set up!

historygamer25 Mar 2017 11:11 a.m. PST

Oops. Missed a winning game – Friday afternoon Roman galley game. It would a lot simpler if they'd just post the winners instead of having to play dectective.

War Scorpio26 Mar 2017 6:34 a.m. PST

Will add to the mystery. The first game I played at Cold Wars was Face-Off -- Sicily 1943 Redux. About an hour into the game several HMGS members came and presented an Award to the GM Daniel Erdman. Since it was the first award given, they game him his choice of figure on the plaque.

Agree there should be publication of winners with photos, as there were several photos taken at the time of presentation.

historygamer26 Mar 2017 9:53 a.m. PST

Up to eight now. Thanks for adding.

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