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Personal logo DarthPanic Sponsoring Member of TMP writes:

Wow! thank you all, it's heartwarming that you also found our game awesome
@Dan – lol, just make haste, we will close the pledge management for the Urban line in mid-January, so we can focus on producing the stuff :)
@Rogues – I'm quite glad to hear about Toulouse, as I have only seen it in photos! And the great thing is that this is indeed a "simple" game table, in the sense that we set it up without much prior planning, and only in ten minutes. And voila, a diorama waiting for us to play onto!
@Lion – thank you my friend, many friends have told me the same about Carnevale, and I think it will look great with TT's buildings and bridges.



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Personal logo DarthPanic Sponsoring Member of TMP of Pedion Modular Battlefields writes:

Presenting a Swashbuckling battle on a "medieval" urban-themed Pedion city set-up at the local club. A feast for the eyes, the 4' x 3' board accommodated a fight of the famous Musketeers versus the Cardinal's Guard!

This time, we will deviate from our usual "production" news post to share this incredible spectacle. Games like this are actually the reason I started Pedion, and why our Battlefields exist – beautiful, diorama-like games, set-up in five to ten minutes, carried at your local club in any regular game day, and all carried away in three boxes. And at the same time, we enjoyed a solid, full gaming experience, where scenics were not "in the way" of the game. In case you like the Urban tiles, you can still pre-order them for a few days more at the eshop.

Rue Richelieu

We set the fight in Toulouse of 1627 with Luis XIII, visiting for the inspection of the first miles of Canal en Languedoc – destined to eventually connect Toulouse (and its river Garonne) with the Mediterranean. But the canal waters "hide" the mismanagement and misappropriation of funds by Cardinal's Richelieu people!

Toulouse, Spring 1627 – River Garonne and the start of Canal Royal en Languedoc

Outskirts and the use of our Slope Elevation system to create an uphill street

Their Majesties (and the Cardinal) admire the Canal works

Musketeers Porthos and d'Artagnan lead a continent of their fellows to inform their majesties, as they exit from the morning mass held in the Basilica of Saint-Sernin. But the ever-present Cardinal was informed by Lady de Winter, and sends Count Rochefort with plans to stop them!

Porthos and d'Artagnan lead a unit of Musketeers and Servants to find the King (NW corner placement)

Lady de Winter and Count de Rochefort lead the Guard and their thugs to stop the coming Musketeers (SW corner placement)

The skirmish was between two warbands, Musketeers versus Cardinal's Guard, with the main purpose of one routing the other. We used the excellent rules of En Garde, which capture the single-miniature swordfights' spirit admirably!

The Musketeers see the coming Guards and choose to cross into Rue Richelieu. The waiting thugs open fire, but to no effect

The Cardinal's Guard storms the bridge

Porthos shows that his fame as the most powerful warrior is not understated: he single-handedly brings down Marcheaux and his horse!

On the West end, we have the final showdown: d'Artagnan versus Rochefort. The two duel like there is no tomorrow, but in the end, Rochefort has suffered a Grievous wound to a simple stun for the Musketeer. The count knows when he is beaten and flees, vowing revenge!

Many of the terrific images have some battle info on their descriptions. But needless to say, the Musketeers once more foiled the plans of the Cardinal and his lackeys and carried the day! You want more detailed info (and photos)? Check out our corresponding blog post!

The terrain is of course the pre-painted urban wargaming tiles from Pedion, as well as our new lines of bridges, walls and trees – just check pedion.ecwid.com to get yours!

Board overview

Miniatures are from the collections of George Panopoulos and Panos Mountis, originating mostly from the Musketeers line of Redoubt Enterprises with additions from the Renaissance lines from Warlord Games. They were beautifully painted by Fedros Dimitriou, Andreas Panagopoulos, George Manis, and Thodoros Galanis.

Buildings are mostly from David Graffam's excellent papercraft line, along with 3D UMBUM kits. Several details, like the market stand and the wooden pier, were created by George Manis and Andreas Voyadzis.

Scenics close-up

Panos Mountis starred as d'Artagnan and Andreas Voyadzis as Porthos, against the machinations of George Panopoulos as the Cardinal and Fedros Dimitriou as Rochefort.

I hope you like what you saw – I can only stress how great it was for us!

P.S. (historical) – the works for the Royal Canal en Languedoc commenced about 50 years later, destined to become Canal du Midi – but why let this stand in the way of fun.

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