First ASL now mention of more Board Games? Er that would be no, in this case it's the playing surface of our 6mm Quatre Bras game. All nine boards to be exact which you may remember is 6' by 5'.
This is the sight that met me when I nipped round to Lee's last night. He had sealed the hills in brown Sandex and started to add varnish to the stream and pond bed as well as marking the roads out as you can see from the picture above. My forces will be coming from the left of the picture.
Here you can see the road area far more clearly and the area to the bottom of the image is the sight of one of the farms and the stream crosses just beyond this with the large pond to the left. A bridge crosses this point and I expect this spot to see some hot action as Lee tries to hold the bridge and I try to batter him into giving up the position, though it's a strong position as a hill is just to the right across the stream.
The pond which will do little other than divert my troops round it but by the time Lee has finished with it it will be worthy of a few shots just because it looks so good.
Here we have the crossroads of Quatre Bras towards the rear of the table and will be one of the locations I need to try and capture to gain the victory. The buildings will be strung out along the roads and should supply some nasty action if I get there and Lee still has a force to be dealt with.
A view from Lee's side of the board. The hill you see running along the right hand edge is almost totally covered with a woods that historically was fought over a great deal. In our original playtest it was also to see a lot of the action though I was also driving hard in towards the centre with Quatre Bras in the distance.
Well I left the boards looking a lot different to this as we painted the whole of the none road/stream/building area's and then coated in a layer of sand. Quite a quick process that ended with us having quite a natter that was only in part this game but was 100% games.
One nugget that came from the chat was that I have a total of 76 French battalions to paint up with a smattering of cavalry as I have most of these painted already. No it's the infantry and guns that need most of my attention as well as of course the Prussians still on the block. The bright spot is that I have already got about 30 of these either painted or bought needing basing so I have enough time to paint these up and still be able to paint up a rainbow of other figures. A good job with what I have incoming and already waiting it's turn.