What better way than spending the Bank Holiday weekend working on the boards for Waterloo? OK significant others may have had other ideas but were kind enough to let us play.
Since the last update Lee had painted in most of the roads and sealed the last of the hills. Now it was ready for adding the texture which is just like the work we do on our bases but, er..... bigger.
Each 6x4 foot panel was done at a time. Lots of Sandtex a bucket of sand and lots of tipping it over to get rid of the excess sand. Quick sweep up then onto another section of the board. We mostly used the road net as boarders between sanding batches as it would take too long to Sandtex the whole board as it would be drying in patches before we could get the sand on it.
Lee had the experience to know the roads would get some drops of paint on them (actually only the once, yes me). As such he glossed them allowing for easy wiping off of the splodge and will matt them down when we are finished.
Next stage will be the painting of the grass area's with a mix of greens and the odd browned patch and then finishing off of the roads. The original plan was to sink in the building bases but as we want to use the boards for other actions we will try and place them on the top. Lee is fairly confident he can have two of the boards finished for Friday so we can have a try out of part of the battle.
So if that works out the boards can be finished quite quickly making them one less thing to worry about. To replace the worry Lee has updated the OOB and we need to make sure we have the right/enough troops for the game. I spent last night and this morning going through my units and now need to start labelling the units.
I should have had excess of Line Infantry but turns out I have just enough. I have loads of extra units that were painted up originally for Spain (Hussars and Dragoons) but I am short one Cuirassier regiment (I have the figures) and a Limber for the French. The Prussians I have rather more than will be needed so all is covered at my end. I even have the last farm on the table and should have it finished for this week.
Lee is well on track for Joy of Six as well. One long session of finishing basing of his French (mostly Guard) and a nasty flagging session for almost all his French! to go. His Allied troops are all done and dusted. It's not that far away now though, the labelling will be the biggest job time wise and I plan to pick up the card this week and start mine, I will also slip into the queue those two bases I need to get going on too.
Other talk was what next, Lee sneaked me the OOB for Borodino! That's at least two years away but possibly Lee needs a bigger shed if he plans to keep the ground scale. A trip to Spain seems likely for next years Joy of Six whilst long long term (OK three years or so) will see us playing a rather stupidly LARGE ancients bash, I need more pike!