Just a quick post for this weeks building of the week, will have some new work to show you next week but this week is just to show I actually was crazy enough to do not one but two Hougoumont's. The second one is for Mike at Leven Miniatures for his show display and has had a couple of changes to the aesthetics such as the material for the inner courtyard and trimming back on the flower beds. Other than that they are very similar as I painted them at the same time.
rare winter sun has made them look a little on the bright side but in reality the roofs are somewhat darker.
Mike's version sits in the middle of the board whilst mine had to sit flush with the left hand long edge so that the gardens and orchard can by placed next to them. Next up will be playtesting the rules for the battle for Hougoumont as we may need a few special rules to keep this part of the battle a challenge for the French. Indeed some of the terrain will help make it tough as many of the attack routes will cause disorder for the poor lads tasked with the capture. The intent is not to make it impossible to take but rather to tie up a lot of troops and even if it gets captured it should have caused the French a lot of trouble getting the location. Why bother attacking then? well certain conditions for a win need to be achieved and as such my hand will be forced on occasion just as Lee's will be.