Sunday, 15 July 2012

Wargaming Borodino 2012 (5)


Terrain Completed
Our terrain for Borodino is now complete, save for adding the redoubt at Shevardino and the Borodino church. We are attempting to scratch-build the latter. Our version currently comprises the two ‘storeys’ complete with roughly shaped rooves, the bases of the domes and the sides of the stairs—it currently resembles a paddle-steamer! I am confident that some further touches, a bit of moulding with putty and some paint will transform it.
Photo of the Borodino church taken by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorsky in 1911
Above and below: two views of our completed Borodino battlefield—these photos also look like they were taken in 1911 as I did not have my camera that night, so used the one on the iPad. Utitsa is in the foreground, looking towards the line of the flêches, redoubt and Borodino (sans church). Note panel from the Borodino Panorama in the background.
At our next ANF ‘gathering’ we will complete our scratch-built Borodino church and will begin to place the troops on the table. For now the battlefield, as it likely was in July 1812, is a peaceful and serene place, with people going about their business while the campaign rages hundreds of kilometres to the west. That is all set to change and, by 3rd September 2012, it will again mimic the historical version:
“all nearby heights... glittering with the steel of our bayonets and the copper of our guns. The air... filled with the voices of hordes of men and the neighs of horses” (Avraam Norov, a lieutenant of artillery in the Second Western Army, 3rd September 1812; cited in Mikaberidze 2010)
A Russian battery tries out the flêches for size. We have represented them as a straight line of fortifications for simplicity, so that they will accommodate a battery or unit of infantry at our scale (approx. 1 figure to 50 men, 1 gun model to 20 guns).
View of the grand redoubt from Shevardino.
Borodino village and bridge looking towards Gorki. The village will be represented by this building and the church.
As we all know, wargames are won off the table. A fun part of all this preparation time is that it has allowed for heaps of “psychological warfare”. The battle has been ‘fought’, ‘won’ and ‘lost’ several times already, whilst we have been developing the scenario and building our terrain. All done in jest and in the best spirit, of course!

6 comments:

  1. Waiting to see the AAR!
    Best regards
    Rafa

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    1. I hope that our church will look nearly as good as yours! Anyone reading who has not seen Rafa's work, have a look here: http://www.rafaelpardoalmudi.com/rus_church.html

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  2. I agree with Rafael...we are all waiting for a AAR as beautiful as the battlefield!
    Best,
    Phil.

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  3. You will have to be a little patient gents. Our game is scheduled for the 200th anniversary to the day; 7th-9th September 2012. In the next post on this I hope to have photos showing many/most of the forces deployed.

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