Monday, 30 October 2017

Setting up for Aughrim


I'd mentioned a Battle of Aughrim game in passing in recent weeks. Having to get back to this when I can, but did get a cigar box battles mat to represent the boggy ground, and deep cut studios river to represent the bog itself. The colours are quite contrasting, and the light is artificial for the pics, but it might work.



View from the village


View from Urraghry Hill toward Kilcommadan Hill


Some roads and rivers still to add...
Rules used will be Field of Battle, of course...

(I might use daylight for pics next time.)




20 comments:

  1. Hi, very nice armies, and an interesting battlefield too. Unfortunately, this period is underrepresented in 1/72.

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    1. Thanks Phil. I do see a few new packs coming out for the period, but you're right, not enough.

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  2. Looks very nice, impressive table...

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    1. Many thanks Phil. Not so sure about the wacky colours and lighting.

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    1. Almost hah...need more rivers and roads. Plenty of time yet, I think :(

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  4. Very nice, some interesting terrain to influence the battle there.

    There looks to be a tonal shift along the river, which starts at a join, so I am guessing that it is not due to light (flash) fall-off from the camera, but perhaps because of the texture on the Deep Cut mats laying in one direction, the mats may all need to go down so that their pile travels in one direction.

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    1. Yes you're right Norm. There is an awful contrast between the mat and the 'mousemat' style material. Still debating whether to go back to my hexes.

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  5. Looks OK to me Duc, the set up with those armies added takes away from the contrast and once battle is joined I doubt you will even be thinking about it.

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    1. Thanks mate. I'm having a hard time getting used to the new mat...still not so sure about it.

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  6. Beautiful looking game. This is not a period I know anything about; must go and have a read....

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    1. Hi Jack...interesting you should mention that:
      https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lord-Mountcashel-Jacobite-McCarthy-1673-1694/dp/152672300X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1509473274&sr=8-2&keywords=mountcashel

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  7. Really looking forward to this one! You've nicely captured the terrain of Aughrim. I would have recognized it just from the pictures. What minis are you using?

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    1. Hi Doug. Thanks for that.
      The minis are mostly Dixon, that I bought almost 2 decades ago. There are a few Foundry cavalry and 'shooters' in there too. Everything is 'classic' 25mm - none of this new fangled 28mm plus :)

      You might be interested in this little work by the way:
      https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lord-Mountcashel-Jacobite-McCarthy-1673-1694/dp/152672300X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1509473274&sr=8-2&keywords=mountcashel

      (They'll have to change the cover...turnbacks in the seventeenth century? tut tut)

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    2. Oh yes, very interested in that! Thanks for the tip!

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    3. Let me know if you need a signed copy ;)

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  8. I suspect the mat looks less garish in reality (Stevie Bs is the same in photos) and may suit a wet Irish countryside rather well !

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    1. Not so sure re the river sections too visually jarring with the mat but they may suit other 'backgrounds' better ?

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    2. Yes - the river sections are doing my head in.
      They would probably work better with the 'deep cut stuff' that you and Stephen have. Still not sure about the cigar box battles fleece style mat...keep having to squint and look at it at an angle to get it to work.

      Have I mentioned that you should be playtesting this battle with me yet ;)

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  9. Interesting looking set up, looking forward to the battle report, still debating with myself about a mat, I think I might do it myself, lovely looking figures btw.
    Best Iain

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