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Microbiggie28 Nov 2021 11:31 a.m. PST

Thought it would be nice to do a game with US troops for Veterans Day (Nov 11), and since I had no US 6mm minis Jon would bring his long hibernating 6mm Americans. So I stole another scenario off of Rob Avery's Vis Lardica site that would be a simple set up. For variety I wanted a game that was in Italy so the Highway 7 scenario from the Anzio pack looked good.
The action takes place on January 31, 1944 with units of the US 3rd Div trying to expand the Anzio beachead out through the dug in Herman Goering Pz Div.


From the east edge by Mark Luther, on Flickr
HG div positions by Mark Luther, on Flickr
Coordinating the advance by Mark Luther, on Flickr

GIs in the trees by Mark Luther, on Flickr

US tanks break for the bridge by Mark Luther, on Flickr

German center under mortar fire by Mark Luther, on Flickr


Harwood Hobbies Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Nov 2021 12:33 p.m. PST

Looks great! Love the buildings and the trees.

Oddball28 Nov 2021 12:45 p.m. PST

Great looking table. Give a good impression of the open areas that the troops on both sides had to cover when attacking.

Went to Anzio in '19 (looks a great deal different now), spent the day drinking wine on the beach and swimming in the Med.

I think I had a better day then those guys back in '44.

PS: Aprilia is not worth going to if visiting the area, nothing really there.

Captain Pete28 Nov 2021 5:39 p.m. PST

That is a really nice looking layout, Mark!

jwebster Supporting Member of TMP28 Nov 2021 10:08 p.m. PST

I am in awe of the terrain. I am thinking about 6mm WW2 and this is the look I would like to get, or at least aspire to

Do you have anything written on the terrain mat/boards ?



Bezmozgu729 Nov 2021 6:00 a.m. PST

Beautiful terrain and great game! Rock of the Marne!

Microbiggie29 Nov 2021 6:40 a.m. PST

JWebster, I do have this flickr set: link

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2021 4:28 p.m. PST

Wow !!!! Looks great !!!!

Joe Legan03 Feb 2022 12:52 p.m. PST

I have to say that board looks fabulous! Well done sir.


Bill Slavin03 Feb 2022 4:28 p.m. PST

It's been ages since I have been on this board, but so glad to see a Microbiggie batrep. Your tables have always been an inspiration and this one is no exception!

donlowry04 Feb 2022 10:10 a.m. PST


Valderian04 Feb 2022 1:43 p.m. PST

This is incredible! What is the base for the board or the boards used (wood, cloth, polystyrene or something else)? A tutorial section for making this battlefield would be so great.

Microbiggie07 Feb 2022 4:56 p.m. PST

I did a flickr set on building tables a while back, but similar techniques. Just an old cheap bedsheet that has been dyed and spray painted numerous times. Foams for hill underneath. Soft pastels used to make any linear terrain like roads or ditches. Never saw the use of making terrain boards or using terrain hexes. PM me if you have questions.
Thanks, Mark
flickr set: link

Valderian09 Feb 2022 5:34 a.m. PST

Many thanks, Mark! Again, excellent ideas!
I will try it. The bedsheet, soft pastels and the spray paint applied to the trees and the bedsheet are the key and of course it counts that you have experience in working with them.
How do you store the bedsheet (as a roll?) in order to have no creases or in this way they are creating an even more convincing battlefield?

Microbiggie09 Feb 2022 8:06 a.m. PST

I've tried rolling the sheet up to decrease wrinkles, but they are gonna happen. Storage is always an issue with our toys, but using sheets instead of boxes and boards is a lot easier to solve.

Valderian09 Feb 2022 8:50 a.m. PST

Thanks! Storage is indeed a problem. That is why I like even more 6mm miniatures.

Personal logo Whirlwind Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2022 3:39 p.m. PST

That looks really great!

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