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Personal logo Dervel Supporting Member of TMP Fezian06 Jun 2018 4:37 a.m. PST

So I needed a modular battlefield which is essentially one large gently sloping hill 10 feet long and 4 feet deep.

some shots of the progress:

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2018 5:08 a.m. PST

I like a Gamer who does his stuff the right way. I quote my Friend Tim "if it worth doing it worthy over engineering" I hope to see the final product at HC in July. How many Gamers Know what a Pipe clap is and how useful they are in keeping thing square.

Personal logo Dervel Supporting Member of TMP Fezian06 Jun 2018 5:12 a.m. PST

Yeah, a few of my friends have expressed similar comments about my projects. like my double blind midway game that packs away into itself.

Thanks Wackmole.

redbanner414506 Jun 2018 6:44 a.m. PST

If I had talent and tools like that my wife would make me do home repair projects.

Personal logo Dervel Supporting Member of TMP Fezian06 Jun 2018 7:18 a.m. PST

LOL, mine does, and now my daughter owns a home too :)

So this is what I do when not working on either of those two.

McKinstry Fezian06 Jun 2018 9:48 a.m. PST

I'm looking forward to seeing this at HC. It will look fantastic.

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2018 9:49 a.m. PST

If I had talent and tools like that my wife would make me do home repair projects.

Best line I've read all week.

Oh, and nice work, Rod.

BrockLanders Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2018 11:59 a.m. PST

I didn't know there was such a thing as a pipe clamp, now I'll have to get some 😁

Personal logo Dervel Supporting Member of TMP Fezian06 Jun 2018 12:08 p.m. PST

Pipe clamps are a critical woodworking tool :)

Stew art Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2018 12:35 p.m. PST

Looking like a big effort and coming along great! I wish you much success.

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2018 12:54 p.m. PST

Absolutely awesome! Can't wait to see the terrain layout progress…

Berzerker7306 Jun 2018 7:50 p.m. PST

Can't wait to see this completed!

Personal logo Ironwolf Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member07 Jun 2018 2:25 a.m. PST

Battle of Hastings was just added to my list of games to check out when I arrive at H-Con.

Dervel, what day and time slot you running your game??

Redbanner: Gets the award for best post of the day! lol

Personal logo Dervel Supporting Member of TMP Fezian07 Jun 2018 6:06 a.m. PST

Ironwolf, here is the PEL listing.

1066 Year of the Conquest and the Battle of Hastings Theme (run twice once Friday and once Saturday)
F:381:19 Friday, 7:00 PM,
S:382:10 Saturday, 10:00 AM
4 hrs, Players: 6, Room: Distelfink, Table #: D52 GM: Rodney Cain Sponsor: Washington Grand Company, Prize: 25/28mm Dark Age figure for each participant
Period: Dark Ages, Scale: 28mm, Rules: Triumph

In January of 1066, King Edward the Confessor dies and Harold Godwinson is elected to the throne. Two other men also claim the crown of England. King Harold must now fight to defend England from two invading armies. Stamford Bridge sees the defeat Harold Hardrada, one down, King Harold must face William Duke of Normandy. The Saxon army deploys on a hillside blocking the road to London near Hastings. On October 14th, 1066 two armies meet in one of the most famous battles in history. New players are welcome, the rules are quick to learn, we do encourage you get a quick practice game in beforehand in one of the 1 hour Triumph Demos!

Did I mention there are prizes? also, it is in the Triumph area of the Distlefink, I think we will be running it on Table 71, not 52? at least I hope so.

Personal logo Dervel Supporting Member of TMP Fezian07 Jun 2018 4:07 p.m. PST

More progress, shot of the 28mm figures on the hill.

All three sections side by side.

And yes real blood already spilled on this field during the process :P

Stew art Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2018 8:01 a.m. PST

Most of my terrain has a drop or two of blood as well….

really great stuff Dervel! please continue to post progress.


Personal logo Dervel Supporting Member of TMP Fezian10 Jun 2018 3:55 p.m. PST

Weekend progress, plus some trees are in process to decorate the battlefield.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Jun 2018 4:34 a.m. PST

Visited the battlefield three summers ago. Much smaller than I expected, but an interesting place. I shall come by and take a look at your game at H-Con.

Personal logo Dervel Supporting Member of TMP Fezian11 Jun 2018 7:14 p.m. PST

Scott, I was also surprised by the size of the place. It's not a massive hill, just a steady slope.

Brown paint and time to add some flocking (a lot of flocking).

Personal logo Dervel Supporting Member of TMP Fezian12 Jun 2018 4:50 a.m. PST

Flocked, need to secure it with additional matte medium and work on the water.

Stew art Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 7:11 p.m. PST

Very amazing project! Gives me hope that one day I'll attempt Hastings.
Though I'm worried that the hill is too steep for miniatures and they'll slide down. What's the grade of the incline?

Keep the posts coming!

Personal logo Dervel Supporting Member of TMP Fezian13 Jun 2018 7:01 a.m. PST

Doing some water effects on the right flank of Harold's line and in the center of the Norman approach. The ponds at the abbey were a later addition, but the marshy area and stream seem to have been there from the time of the battle. More importantly they work with the scenario and add some color to the battlefield.

Personal logo Dervel Supporting Member of TMP Fezian13 Jun 2018 7:08 a.m. PST

Thanks Stew, the angle is about 15 degrees based on my crude calculations in the gentle area. The flanks are considered steep or rough terrain, with slightly steeper grades.

My figures are all based on 80mm wide bases, the shallow ones for heavy foot are 30mm deep. As you can see in the above photos, they ride or walk up the hill pretty well.

Personal logo Dervel Supporting Member of TMP Fezian16 Jun 2018 11:52 a.m. PST

Still working on a few minor enhancements, like proper October trees. However these shots give you an idea of the finished battlefield.

Stew art Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2018 1:31 p.m. PST

Looks amazing! Really good job!
Any chance for a pic with the armies deployed?

Personal logo Dervel Supporting Member of TMP Fezian17 Jun 2018 7:47 p.m. PST

Thanks, and sure, just been too lazy to cross post them over.

We deployed and did an impromptu play test the other night.

William charging up the center.

Young Harold trying to keep his men steady on the Hill.

clifblkskull Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2018 8:56 p.m. PST

Really nice

kallman18 Jun 2018 5:46 p.m. PST

Looking forward to seeing this at the convention.
Well done sir!

Stew art Supporting Member of TMP20 Jun 2018 9:32 a.m. PST

The whole thing really looks amazing!
I hope you have a great time putting on the game and get plenty of we'll earn kudos. 😀

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