Last week, the ‘three amigos of the ANF gathered together for the last time for 2012 to discuss some town planning. The topic of our musings: representing the town of Leipzig in our bicentennial game.
We had a number of town plans including two from supplied the ‘library’ of Julian’s long-time wargaming friend Tim and another from Pigeard’s wonderful book “Leipzig : La bataille des Nations (16-19 octobre 1813)” which I have acquired recently, plus descriptions from Pigeard, Petre (still one of the best on the subject) and Lieven. In the old chestnut of ‘realism’ vs practicality we leant strongly towards the latter, as we usually do, thus rapidly and painlessly agreed on our approach.
We have opted for a stylised version covering 400 x 400 mm^2 on the table, which will be 800 m x 800 m once scaled. This is about right for the area occupied by the old city and will give a suitably impressive BUA on the tabletop, while still being practicable.
|Town plan for Leipzig showing sections of old wall (dark brown outline), roads (shaded brown), gates (denoted by the openings), two churches (denoted by crosses), university (bottom RH corner) and the Börse (centre RH side).|
As with all of our villages, towns and cities, Leipzig will be constructed on 100 x 100 mm^2 squares, thus affording flexibility and transferability for future games. These 16 squares provide sufficient area for some distinct features and buildings such as two churches, a university, the Börse, the Rathaus, the town square, some large buildings, terraced buildings and smaller buildings, plus sections of the dilapidated old wall and the four roads in with their key gates.
It's now over to our architect and builder-in-chief, Julian “Wren”, who will manage the design and construction. No doubt he will take our simple plan and produce the same wonderful results that he did with the Borodino church, the Chernostrov Monastery and Maloyaroslavets town—which will make its debut in our re-run of that game in early 2013.
|Julian's excellent Maloyaroslavets town (not shown in place, but merely placed on the table)|
|Construction of the Rathaus, fresh from Julian's overseas solo "sweat-shop"|
Sources mentioned above
- Lieven, D (2009) Russia Against Napoleon: The True Story of the Campaigns of War and Peace. Penguin Books, London, England. 618 pp.
- Petre, FL (1974) Napoleon's Last Campaign in Germany, 1813. First Published 1912. Arms and Armour Press, London, UK. 403 pp.
- Pigeard, A (2009) Leipzig : La bataille des Nations (16-19 octobre 1813). Napoleon 1er Editions, St Cloud, France. 82 pp.