What have I been up to today?
My first gaming project was to base the 6mm civilian refugees that I have had in preparation for some time.
I am using a mix of Irregular Miniatures [www.irregularminiatures.co.uk/indexes/6mmindex.htm] 19th century civilians, models from Perfect Six [https://www.perfectsixscenics.co.uk] and other stuff from my lead pile, enhanced(?) with bits of moulded milliput [www.milliput.com] to make baggage, sacks on backs, etc.
I have approached one manufacturer with the idea of producing refugees with overloaded cars, trucks, wagons and carts, or on foot with carts, wheelbarrows, prams, etc.
They are an overlooked element in most wargames of any period, but particularly in the 20th century.
Then I started on making some larger (2″x2″) built-up areas to use with the Perry Miniatures [https://www.perry-miniatures.com] “Travel Battle” boards. I am using extra sprues of their buildings on MDF squares, with urban areas first covered with Noch [https://www.noch.com] cobbled roadway tape.
kI have been listening to the audiobook version of Anthony Beevor’s “Ardennes- Hitlers Last Gamble” [https://www.antonybeevor.com/book/ardennes-1944-hitlers-last-gamble]. This has inspired me to dig out my old Michelin map [https://www.viamichelin.com/web/Maps] of Champagne-Ardennes to fix on my large magnetic notice board and follow the action with magnetic units. Ever since watching the film “Battle of the Bulge” (Yukk – Spit) I have kept this as a low-priority idea for wargaming.
In a couple of hours I will start watching for the umpteenth time “A Bridge Too Far” but this time in the virtual company of Al Murray, James Holland and about 500 other members of the “We Have Ways” independent company [https://www.patreon.com/wehaveways].
Sorry. No pictures available today, but all will be revealed at the appropriate time.