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Commandos vs. Engineers:
The Last Update
with Mark Francis and Mike Haught
I exchanged the green mat for a white painted mat and also added the very important railroad embankment, which was made with blue foam covered in papier mache for durability. Being a snow embankment, I didn't even need to paint it. The tree templates were simply made by using excess material of the game mat and the reverse side looked just slightly different enough to make it stand out without blending in too much.
The biggest dilemma I had was the buildings. I really didn't want to repaint them because I use them for my Normandy battles too. In the end, I simply used white tacky draped over to represent snow clumps. I'm happy with the end result and the fact that it is temporary. The table is now ready to go and we shall see if Mike can hold onto the important Paper Mill overlooking the road bridge!
This project has been a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to testing the force out against the other American armies. As my hastily disguised tanks and infantry move forward, I will have to remember my in-game mantra:
"These aren't the tanks you're looking for."
Ok, I’m nearing the end—I can see the light. I finished the engineers for the most part. To make things stretch across two armies, I consolidated all of my ‘working’ eingineer figures onto two stands per platoon.
The remaining two are normal rifle teams. When I get around to doing my rifle company, I’ll do some BAR teams to replace the engineer ones and therefore kill two birds with one stone! I also painted up a few more bazooka teams, just in case.
If I have some time (rapidly diminishing!) I’d like to have a crack at making some custom objective and booby trap markers. Hopefully, I’ll be able to carve out a few nights over the holidays to make them up.
Alright, that’s about it for the year! The next update you’ll have from Mark and I will be a battlereport for our pre-Sands game, as well as some coverage of Shifting Sands itself. We hope to see you at Shifting Sands, but if we don’t, happy holidays!