Update 21 March 2020 Thank you to all who have supported the Setting the Scene books. With everyone starting to self-isolate perhaps now would be a good time to start some terrain building! I am very quickly getting to the point where Volume 2 will also be sold-out, so from now until the end of March, Pat and I are offering Volume 2 at a 10% discount. £18.00 plus P&P. If you would like a copy, please either leave a comment or email Pat via his blog, or leave a comment or email me via my webpage. Many thanks and stay safe. Steve.
Update 27th December. Volume 1 is now SOLD OUT.
Update 2nd November. The books have been delivered and will go in the post this week, thanks to everyone who has supported the books.
Update 22nd October. Setting the Scene volumes 1 & 2 have gone to press and all PayPal invoices have been sent out. If you were expecting an invoice but haven’t received one then please email me ASAP. Printing will take about two weeks.
Update 18th October. Setting the Scene – Creating a wargames layout for the Mediterranean will go to press on Monday along with the reprint of Volume 1 – Winter wargaming.
Paypal invoices will start going out over the weekend.
If you are expecting an invoice but haven’t received one by Wednesday then please email me, if you would like a copy of either or both volumes then please email me or leave a comment below. I need to know your location please.
Many thanks to all of those who have supported the books.
Update 11th October. The printed and bound ‘wet’ proof has been delivered. Pat and I need to check it through then order the digital preview copies which will go out for reviews. Main print run should be in about two weeks.
Update 8th October. Setting the Scene Volume II – Creating a Wargames Layout for the Mediterranean – editing has been completed and the book will now go for ‘wet’ proofing. Paypal invoices will start to go out at the time I send it out to print, which will be in about two weeks time. If you would like a copy of Volume I or II, please leave a comment below. Please DO NOT comment if you have already done so as you will already be on my list. Thanks, Steve.
Update 17th September. Setting the Scene Volume II – Creating a Wargames Layout for the Mediterranean – is now ready to order.
The book is being edited and the aim is to go to press in about a month. Printing will take 2 weeks, therefore copies should be posted by the end of October/early November. Payment will be by PayPal invoice; invoices will NOT go out until we are ready to go to press. If you would like to order a copy please leave a comment below. It is important that you let me know your LOCATION!
If you have already commented, please DO NOT comment again as you will already have been added to the list of recipients.
For those of you who missed out, we will also be doing a short print run of Volume I – Winter Wargaming at the same time as Volume II.
Volume II is 150 pages (50% bigger than volume I, so printing and postage will naturally increase).
The price for Volume II – Creating a Wargames Layout for the Mediterranean is £20.00
Postage and packing:
UK 1st/2nd class is £4.00/£3.50
World Zone 1 £9.50 (North & South America, Africa, Asia).
World Zone 2 £10.00 (Australia, New Zealand, Singapore).
This is for 1 copy.
Tracked/signed for postage is available on request.
Update 4th September 2019. Design and layout of the book is now done, needs to be checked by Pat and then professionally edited. The aim is to go to press sometime in October.
Update 8th August 2019. Design and layout for the main part of the book is almost finished. There is a special section from a ‘guest’ who is providing a chapter on WWII Italians. Then the book has to go out for editing.
Whether you are a grizzled veteran or a raw recruit to our hobby, this book will hopefully be useful to you, and guide you through making and painting the terrain and figures suitable for gaming in the Mediterranean.
The Mediterranean is a vast area which covers portions of Europe, Asia and Africa. Our main focus will be on Southern Europe, namely Sicily, Italy and Spain, although the main terrain features in this book would be suitable for many of the other territories bordering those three countries.
The Mediterranean Region is surprisingly hilly and mountains can be seen from almost anywhere. Moving inland from the sandy beaches and rocky shores, the landscape can vary from scrubland and semi-arid steppes to the more cultivated areas of olive groves, orchards, vineyards and cypress trees.
We visualise blue skies over a sun-kissed landscape but this is not always the case, so we need to consider the climate and time of year that we want to represent, as a Mediterranean winter could give you quite a different look to your tabletop layout.
One of the many historical engagements that occurred during a Mediterranean winter was Sir John Moore’s retreat from Corunna in December 1908 during the Napoleonic Peninsular Wars. The dismal conditions of snow, mud and freezing rain that they had to endure would have looked nothing like what we are trying to portray here and would probably be more suited to my previous book, ‘Setting The Scene’ Winter Wargaming.
The time frame in history that you wish to portray will also have an impact on how your table looks but the main terrain features for your Mediterranean layout will be the same and it will be the smaller items that will give your layout the period feel that you are after.
Cultivation and buildings to a certain degree will be pretty timeless. Terracotta tiles so typical of the region, were used on the roofs of buildings as far back as Ancient Greece, all the way through to the present day.
The two main themes I have chosen are Napoleonic Peninsular and WW2 Sicily/Italy, and so the smaller terrain items covered within this book will be specific for each of those periods.
By placing telegraph poles, street lamps, road signs, advertising posters etc in amongst your terrain, the same layout will have a completely different feel than to a setting a hundred and fifty years earlier. Changing over that wooden blockhouse for a concrete pillbox, barrels for oil drums, log defences for sandbags and that horse drawn limber for a motorised Self Propelled Gun will transform the same table from Napoleonic to a World War Two battlefield.
If you fancy doing Spanish Civil War, Ancient Greek or Rome or some other period in history that was fought on Mediterranean soil, then this will be easy enough for you to change by adding a few items such as a temple, a few ruined pillars, the appropriate transport for that particular time frame, carts, civilians and Roman Legionaries or whatever the appropriate figures are for your chosen Mediterranean period.
The aim of this book is to guide you through each stage of making and painting what you see contained within these pages.
There is a written and pictorial step-by-step guide (the same format as with my previous book) which covers preparing and converting, as well as painting figures, vehicles, buildings and terrain for the Mediterranean, using both commercial and scratch built items.
There is also a reference chart with a guide for all the colours used to paint the different Napoleonic and WW2 figures within this book.
To add some high quality painting to the book, we have the talented master of brushes, Nick of Moiterei’s Bunt Welt blogspot fame with his very own slot as Guest Painter.
Nick will be doing a couple of tutorials on how he paints WW2 Tanks and Italian Infantry, plus he will be ‘Talking Italian’ Regio Esercito Italiano with a very informative article on the Royal Army of Italy. Pictures of the beautiful painted Italian infantry that you see within the pages of this book, along with the superbly painted and weathered M13/40 and Marder II vehicles have been painted by Nick.
Hopefully you will be able to take something from this book and create your own layout for ‘Setting The Scene’ in the Mediterranean.