Saturday, 7 September 2013

WW2 GETTING TO GRIPS.


Last Friday John Warren and myself got to grips with a couple of games of the excellent Chain of Command. Due to my limited collection at the moment of WW2, we only had two platoons with very little support. The rules are great fun and really make you have to think tactically.

The following pictures are of the figures we used and the terrain we played over but they are not pictures of, or trying to recreate the games that we played, these are just some fun pictures of my table with the platoons approaching the hamlet prior to getting to grips with each other.

The German left flank.





The German centre on the main road to the hamlet.



German right flank.
  



  
The US Para's approach from the opposite end.
 








Closing the gap and about to get to grips with each other.

 








 




The ideas with the posters on the buildings, the lampposts, signs and gates I copied from Richard Clark of 'Too Fat Lardies' fame who has some great ideas for making terrain look great.

I was asked how I make my roads.

All I use is 2mm hardboard cut to the required size, then PVA glue and sand along the long edges of the road with the pattern side up. When dry, paint dark brown, then dry brush dark grey, then a light dry brush with a midstone along the edges and centre of the road.  

34 comments:

  1. Très belles photos, les figurines sont superbes. A bientôt Christian "les foudres de l'aigle"

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  2. Blimey! that was quick chaps, I only just put it on.
    Thanks very much,
    Pat.

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  3. Wow, excellent photos. I was wondering about the roads too - and I've got plenty of spare hardboard knocking about so now I know what to do with it! Cheers WW.

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  4. Fantastic photos Pat! This is how I think a WW2 game should look!

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  5. Looking great as always Pat! Any chance of doing a review of the rules??
    Cheers
    Steve

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    1. Hi Steve, I am too pushed for time at the moment to do CoC justice and give them the outstanding review that they deserve. Having said that, there are plenty of reviews out there in blog land and all the ones I have seen have been good and rightly so.
      Cheers,
      Pat.

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  6. Great stuff as ever! Where did you get that patterned hardboard from? Those roads look so good I want to replace my current set =]

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    1. Hi, the hardboard is just the standard stuff with smooth on one side and a rough pattern on the other. I think I got mine at B&Q or Homebase.
      Cheers,
      Pat.

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    2. Wow that is a good effect. You can see the pattern up close but from afar it looks just like cobble or brickwork. Good inspiration - thanks

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  7. Some great pics Pat, you do have some fantastic terrain!!! Loved the article in WI as well!!

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    1. Thanks Ray, still not seen my article yet, waiting for the mag to come through the post.
      Cheers,
      Pat.

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  8. Great AAR. Lovely terrain and miniatures. Everything a good game should be.

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  9. Stunning terrain and minis collection! Wow!!

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  10. Fantastic looking figures and terrain. Thanks for the tip on the paved roads.

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  11. Pat, the little details like the signs, gates and stacked logs make all the difference. Great job! I've got some 54mm WWII that I've been looking to do something with. Maybe COC?

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  12. Once again, beautiful pictures...We really feel like in the heart of the action and we can see the progression of your fabulous minis...great work!!

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  13. Great looking.. well everything. The terrain and figures seem to be very atmospheric. The Artizan Germans have got to be the best sculpts on the market for WW2 err..Germans, Mike Owen did a cracking job.

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  14. You may have a limited figure collection, but your terrain is very fine indeed. That's a lovely looking table.

    FMB

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  15. That's just awesome! Very athmospheric. I'll set this as bookmark for inspiration.

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  16. As always a stunning table for all to aspire to have! Simply outstanding Pat!

    Christopher

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  17. Great looking game Pat CoC is really taking ww2 by storm.
    Cheers
    Stu

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  18. Thanks for your kind remarks chaps.
    Pat.

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  19. Fine quality & inspiring stuff yet again Pat - your brush gets ever more poetic :)

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  20. Amazing! How could you fail to have a great game on a beautiful table like that. The first shot of that long road is a classic.

    Frank
    http://adventuresinlead.blogspot.com.au/

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  21. Hi Pat,

    that's wargaming at its very best. Absolutely great terrain with a vividness that's unique.

    Cheers
    Stefan

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  22. Very nice Pat and kudos to you for the roads tip.

    Roman

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  23. Great stuff Pat. Nice tip on the hardboard - I may check that out for the base of my EotD board...

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  24. Stunning looking game table, and the miniatures looks ACE!!

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  25. Wow that is the greatest WWII I have ever seen, just fantastic. If you don't mind how do you make the trees and hedges.

    Regards

    Vinnie

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    1. Thanks chaps.
      Vinnie, the trees and hedges are made by a chap called Andy from 'Last Valley' who does the rounds at wargame shows in the UK. There are also some resin tree/hedge/fences which are made by 'Grand Manner'.
      Cheers,
      Pat.

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  26. Thanks Pat I will look him up

    Regards

    Vinnie

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