Thursday, 13 July 2017

Grounds for a Fight

I've been working on the terrain for my display game for Partizan in August.
I wanted to create something that has base boards, hills, and stands of trees that all match.
I've never made terrain in this style before (using textured paint and drybrushing) so took a few risks, and through trial and error produced something which, though fairly basic, is to my mind appealing.
Here is just a quick sample image of a base board (with a small stream/ brook), a hill (adapted from  Last Valley hill), and couple of stands of trees.

And, just as I finished, official notification came through from the Partizan organising team, that I've been allocated a table. So, the game's afoot, and I've got loads to do - the basing depot on my workbench is now overcrowded with horse, foot and guns, amongst other items!

So, back to the storyline...
It's 1747, and in the peaceful Pils-Holstein town of Neerfuncken, tavern gossip is centred around the latest news from around Europe, brought by the merchants and travellers who have descended on the small town for the seasonal summer market.
Tipsi Pipsi has returned to Pils-Holstein, and far away in Astrovia the traditionalist lobby is calling for revenge for her defection. Rumour has it that Brigadier Von Rankl has been ordered to mobilise a strong brigade of Astrovian infantry to support a likely opportunistic French incursion into Pils-Holstein.
Ferdinand-Adolphus of Pils-Holstein is besotted at Tipsi's return, and some say he has taken his eye off the ball. But his trusty adviser, Professor Klickstich, has been busy activating his network of spies and messengers, appealing to Prussia for support. Under normal circumstances, Prussia would make it a standard policy to support Pils-Holstein, but as students of the 1740s will know, Prussia and France are allies in the War of Austrian Succession, and therefore Prussia would not openly operate against France.
However, our parallel world may prove somewhat different. Perhaps Prussian dark blue uniforms will
come to the aid of Ferdinand Adolphus.
Time will tell...


  1. Phil,
    Excellent I so regret that I'm not going to be there to see this in the flesh, please take plenty of pics.

  2. Phil,
    Looks exciting, look forward to seeing some photos, due to a prior engagement with San Miguel in Andalusia will not be able to attend the show.


  3. I'm just bristling all over to see more terrain, troops, and photographs of and inevitable tabletop encounter.

    Best Regards,


  4. This looks very nice Phil. I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures of the whole set up.



  5. Oh Goody! More tales from Pils-Holstein!

    As always, an entertaining opening story line, Phil. I eagerly await your further reports on your progress with developing the scenario, and the report on the action.

    Cheers, Rohan (just hanging upside down here in the Antipodes!) ;-)

  6. Sounds like a fantastic scenario Phil and I very much look forward to reading about how it turns out as well as seeing some fetching photographs.