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ferg98107 Jun 2021 12:57 p.m. PST

Good evening guys,

A real quick post from me this evening – I had a busy weekend so didn't get much done, but I did get to play around setting up my war-games table for a re-fight of the Battle of Evora 1808 and got to give my new city walls a run out!


My research has led me to conclude that Evora seems a lovely town to go and visit

As always, comments, feedback and suggestions welcome



jabbadabbadan07 Jun 2021 2:14 p.m. PST

I love the real city pics.

ConnaughtRanger07 Jun 2021 2:47 p.m. PST

Evora is, indeed, a beautiful town to visit. The drive from Lisbon through the Alentejo is really scenic and you're within reasonable distance of Elvas and Badajoz for a day trip.

SHaT198407 Jun 2021 4:53 p.m. PST

>>a lot of history packed into a small area.

I found that just about everywhere!
I never did visit the D-Day beaches despite spending 8 months in Europe- the Nap period was my single almost entire focus!

Not unsurprisingly, I don't think I ever heard of this 'battle'. But then, English history books are littered with names that get a single mention and never any detail,…

Again- terrain I have the same roads- a square metre of brown felt cloth cut into 60mm wide strips provides a lifetime of roads; 80% straight, a few curves and some to align with 'rivers or streams'. Some used for irregular shapes, fields, cultivated land or BUA bases. Easy! Note I've recently used spray paint along edges of these felts to tone down the monotony of colour.

Of course the latter made in lighter blues, narrow 'gamers ones' only 25mm wide, but much wider 100-125mm 'rivers' and a lot of curved sections. By the time you add hedge rows, fences or walls, tree-lined lanes etc. you have most of the terrain for any area, depending upon coluring.

As for 'green' felt- woods/ forest/ cultivated areas with model trees/orchards on top!

Here's an example, where the features don't show well perhaps, but how they all combine- a deeply forested area of "Florida" beach, village – the felt road and woods bases all too clear. Usually the lichen goes around these edges but this table was so large I had to use it to 'fill in' the gaps of wide spaces otherwise players get carried.

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Top job James!
regards dave

UshCha13 Jun 2021 1:05 a.m. PST

I use sprayed thin card for roads, rounded at one end. That way you can get any length as the straight sections can slide under each other. If you paint an edge on all but the short straight bit you can make angled bends where the hedge goes round the outside. The advantage is that thin card will drape a bit and you can print on it (best) or mist it a bit with a spray can so its less uniform. heres a 1/144 example with an edge.


14Bore13 Jun 2021 3:16 a.m. PST

Fantastic the way your going on a virtual tour to make your game board.

ferg98115 Jun 2021 1:11 p.m. PST

Thanks for all the positive comments guys, sorry for the lack of blog post this weekend but my daughter was unwell



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