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Griffon8623 Jan 2019 4:45 p.m. PST

Took some photos of a terrain test I did on the basement wargaming table. I'm running "A Game which Will Live in Infamy" Friday night, Feb. 15, at Williamsburg Muster using stripped down Wings of Glory rules for a kid-friendly event. Fabricated some flat, top-down terrain for the Navy yard and portions of Ford Island, as well as ships (including the dive-bomber-targeted USS California). Table looked too clean, so I added some oil slicks and LED votive candle flickering smoke columns to add to the visual appeal. I'm considering printing some basic labels for the ships and land masses for orientation purposes. Kept most everything flat so the Wings of Glory planes can maneuver without bumping into 3D models and terrain.

Two Vals and a Zero fly over the Navy yard through the smoke.



A lone SBD Dauntless back from a training patrol flies into the fray over the burning USS California (American players can fly the Dauntless and one or two P-40s along with crewing the California's anti-aircraft guns).


An overall view of the Ford Island end of the table.


Personal logo jhancock Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2019 5:48 p.m. PST

Wonderful effects! Have any sound effects?

I hope you have a good turn out, including the young ones!

Dn Jackson23 Jan 2019 9:46 p.m. PST

I'll have to see if my son wants to play. Looks good!

Griffon8624 Jan 2019 12:28 p.m. PST

Thanks for the accolades, jhancock. Alas, I have no sound effects. I was tempted to run a loop of air raid sirens, bombs, and FDR's "Infamy" speech, but A) I don't have adequate sound equipment for it (aside from a laptop, which I'm hesitant to set up at the game table), and B) I'd hate to plague nearby games with constant audio (having suffered such obnosious intrusions at conventions before).

I'm working on handouts to add historical context to the various forces on the table. Hopefully we'll have a good turnout; Williamsburg Muster usually has a small but interested contingent of younger folks, frequently accompanied by encouraging wargamer dads.

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