Monday, April 27, 2015

Snappy Nappy at the Portal in Manchester, CT

There was a very successful Snappy Nappy day on the 26th.  One of 20 people, with three referees, three CinC's and sixteen or so Corps or Division commanders.

The rules allowed a game set in the 1815 Belgian landscape and saw a French victory over the Anglo-Allied and Prussian forces. Peter Anderson was the mastermind behind the day, you'll be able to read lots about the event on his blog, 'Blunders on the Danube' very soon.

I provided much of the Anglo Allied forces, along with Greg Hanson and Peter himself.  I was shocked to find Peter has more British light cavalry than I do!

 I also provided three tables worth of terrain, which I did in the in the style of the painted maps similar to the Leipzig campaign from two years ago.  The main idea is for ease and speed of layout on the day. Rollout the road/river net, plunk down some trees and house and, you're done. I did get all three tables done on game day in under 30 minutes.

 I'll provide photos of the maps soon, I need to get them off my camera.  Oh, here they are now.

This first is an overview.  I must admit, this one did not come out the way I wanted.  The fabric I used this year was inferior to the old material because it was much thinner and only four foot wide rather than th five foot wide original material. The roads, rivers and the hill were painted first in gesso, then in the appropriate color.

The roads were in two different colors, denoting the differing benefits for speed, the white areas were the footprint for villages, towns and/or cities. In fact, You can label the towns using marker, if you're lazy like me. 

 You can see by the names on the sheet, the ground scale is quite small...about one foot to the mile.

The first table, from a different angle.

Sadly, I had left my camera at home on the day of the game, so I'll once again mention that you'll see some of he table action on Peter's blog later this week.  You will see some of the tables in action.


  1. Your maps came out great, and were certainly much faster to set out than laying out all of those roads! I was especially thrilled that you came up with a [perfect windmill for the table. I confess that was part of the reason I assigned that ma[p to you; I seemed to recall seeing one, ? for your time in Germany decades ago, in your collection! I brought my Spanish (Busaco) windmill with me just in case, but it wouldn't really have been quite right! It also certainly re-affirmed my decision to scratch build a couple of windmills myself for my Ligny game!

  2. You could always get from Walthers the kit. I think it is a kibri or faller kit.

  3. Speaking of plastic, I trust you saw the Perry's British Light Cavaklry biox release? Not a fan of anyone's plastic myself, but if you are a good way to remedy the deficiency of British LC!

  4. Not released yet, but a definite buy at summer's end. I would like to have at least four if not six of the units in the basement. Got to keep the hussars company.

    BTW, did you see the Danish metal in the workbench?