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Setting the Scene Vol II

If you would like to sign up to volume 2 of Setting the Scene, leave a comment below. Please let me know your location. Thanks. Steve.

Update 18th August 2019. Please note I will be away until the end of the month, any comments left in the next week or so will not be approved until I return.

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.

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Setting the Scene Volume II

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.

Pat Smith.


  1. Johnnie walker says:

    Hi Steven…. really interested in buying this and any other terrain building books you guys have written…. how do I go about purchasing them please

  2. Hiro E. says:

    Hi, I’m in Southern California, USA and I’m interested in vol 2

  3. Russ says:

    Hi there based in England and interested in the new book.

  4. Kai says:

    Hi there,
    I’m also interested in the second volume.
    Based in amsterdam, the Netherlands.

  5. J. P. Kelly says:

    I’m I’m for Volume 2!
    Western MA, USA

  6. Jacob Woods says:

    Sign me up for vol 2

  7. Alexandria, VA, USA.

    Also could be interested in Vol 1 if its reprinted.

  8. Elroy Davis says:

    I’m definitely interested in Volume II. Vermont, USA.

  9. Craig says:

    Volume 2 please – scotland

  10. James Holloway says:

    I have volume 1 and would definitely snap up the 2nd. Sign me up

  11. Marco says:

    Yes please!

    I’m in Italia, Milano.

  12. N Carnell says:

    Based in England, loved the first book and would like volume 2 .

  13. Jim McCabe says:

    Definitely want a copy of the new book. I’m in Glasgow, Scotland, UK

  14. Simon Walker says:

    Count me in

  15. Frank Sultana says:

    Hi – I’m interested in both volumes I & II please.
    Sydney, Australia

  16. Pete Boon says:

    Hi Steve, I would be interested in volume 2 plus any re-run of volume 1. I am in Hampshire UK

  17. Tomasz says:

    Count me in! I’am from Poland. Cheers!

  18. Barry says:

    Please put me down for a copy of volume 2

    I’m in the Nottingham Leadbelt

  19. Michael Hatton says:

    Loved the first one, very interested in volume 2!

  20. Adam Bengtsson says:

    Would like to sign up for volume 2! Located in Sweden

  21. Ben Williams says:

    Count me in!

  22. Nicholas Wooster says:

    Loved the first volume, look forward to the second.

  23. Tyler Wallace says:

    from Austin TX! Proud owner of Volume 1! Very much want volume 2!

  24. Dave Xavier says:

    Absolutely in on this one! Australia

  25. Tim says:

    But me down for this. Really enjoyed volume 1

  26. Franck says:


    I am from France and I am very interested by this book. Unfortunately, I have just discover the volume 1 and I believe that this book is sold out. a reprint is envisaged ?

  27. mark says:

    yup sign me up for vol 1 an 2 looking forward to them

  28. Chris says:

    Australia- interested in vol2. Cheers

  29. Fredrik Svensson says:

    Hi! Sign me up for vol. 2. Love my copy of vol. 1

  30. I am interested in Setting the Scene Volume2. I am in the US.

  31. Lasse Badsberg-Hansen says:

    Definately interested in vol. 2. Based in Denmark.

  32. Florian says:

    Interested in vol. 2. Based in Germany

  33. Robert Hurley says:

    I’ll buy a copy of Volume 2 – I’m in Melbourne, Australia.

  34. Phil Robinson says:

    Volume 2, hell yes! UK

  35. Carsten says:

    Hi, I would like to buy a copy of vol II as Well


  36. Martin hutton says:

    Hi put me down for vol2 . Im in the UK

  37. Clive Waterhouse says:

    Another for vol 2 in uk please

  38. Kris Todd says:

    Volume 2 in the UK

  39. H Ets says:

    I’d like vol 2 please, UK.

  40. Anton Berg says:

    I’m interested in vol 2. Living in Sweden

  41. Richard Phillips says:

    Sign me up for Vol II in UK

  42. Peter A says:

    Hi Steve, I would also love to get my hands on Vol II! I’m based in Cumbria, UK

  43. Guillaume Rousselot says:

    I’m interested to buy a copy of vol II ! I live in France, Brittany.

  44. John Michael says:

    Put me down for a copy of vol 2. Salem, MA

  45. Michael Blair says:

    Put me down for a copy of volume two please. I enjoyed the first one and this looks to be even more interesting.

  46. Tamsin Piper says:

    Hi Steven,

    Please put me down for a copy of this book.


  47. Will McNally says:

    Volume 2 for me please, I’m in Chester

  48. Yes indeed put me down for copy!
    Based in Germany

    Thank You!

  49. Brent Oman says:

    Very definitely put me down for 1 copy. Thanks!

  50. Stephen Welch says:

    Gainesville,FL USA

  51. Matt Koltonow says:

    Sign me up!
    Huntington Woods, MI USA

  52. DL says:

    Would love to have this 2nd volume – London (UK)

  53. Steven Day says:

    Put me down for 2 of Vol.2 please, UK.

  54. Marco says:

    Hi there!
    I’m interested in vol.2 and I’m based in Rome.
    Keep up the great work!


  55. PYT says:

    Put me down for 1 of Vol.2 please, Canada.

  56. James Casey says:

    Yes please, Delaware Oh, US

  57. William Alexander says:

    yes please I would like volume 2!
    Will in Adelaide, South Australia

  58. Andrew Purves says:

    yes please thank you
    Perth Australia

  59. Rich says:

    I’m interested in vol 2.

    Colorado, USA

  60. Ian Bailey says:


    Put me down for Vol 2 please! Tetbury, Glocs



  61. Michael Awdry says:

    Would very much like to get my hands on Volume 2, thank you.

    Michael in the U.K.

  62. Andrea Martini says:

    Hi Steve,
    here Andrea from Vicenza (near Venice), Italy.
    Waiting for the volume 2!

  63. Davy says:

    Hi, very much interested. Location is Tildonk, Belgium

  64. Conner says:

    From Washington, D.C. here. Would love to purchase a copy.

  65. Shaun Tame says:

    Hi Steve,

    I am very interested in buying a copy of volume 2. I am in Worcestershire.

    Kind regards

  66. Chris Page says:

    I would be interested in a copy of vol.2. I’m in Tennessee, USA.

  67. Dave Docherty says:

    Count me in . UK

  68. Mike Whitaker says:

    Definitely interested

  69. Mark Richardson says:

    100% Interested in Vol2 –
    Located in Brisbane, Australia

  70. James Manto says:

    in Canada
    quite interested
    would be very interested in a bundle with a reprint of Vol 1 if that is in the plans too

  71. Paco Martin says:

    Loved the first one, very interested in volume 2!
    Zaragoza (España).

  72. Mark Shearwood says:

    I have volume one, and would like volume two
    Chesterfield UK



    Hi Steve,
    I would like a copy of Vol 2 when it is available.
    I am in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

  74. Terry Silverthorn says:

    I am certainly interested in Vol 2. Will go nicely with my Vol 1

    I am Alberta, Canada

  75. Rex Barrett says:

    Have Vol. 1, very interested in Vol. 2.

    Location – South Africa


  76. Richard Steer says:

    Please put me down for Volume 2. I am in New Zealand.

  77. Darragh says:

    I have volume 1 and would be interested in volume 2. I am in holland.

  78. Ethan Reiff says:

    Would like to buy a copy of Vol. 2 when it’s available. I’m located in Los Angeles, CA, USA


  79. Jack Claridge says:

    I have vol. 1 and what a great book it is – looking forward to vol. 2!

  80. Kevin Lemon says:

    I have vol 1 already. Let me know when vol 2 comes out.

  81. Mikko says:

    Very interested about vol 2… I live in Finland

  82. Jem Mundy says:

    Have Vol 1 looking forward to Vol 2 based in Essex

  83. Chris Cunningham says:

    Have Vol 1 looking for Volume 2. Texas, USA

  84. John Savage says:

    Very interested in Vol. 2. York, England

  85. ~ Tom T says:

    Vol I was as informative as it was inspirational! I’m looking forward to absorbing Vol II. North CRolina, USA.

  86. gus asensio says:

    Hi Pat. have volume 1, want volume 2. Calgary, Canada

  87. Paul N says:

    Put me down for volume 2 please. Newark, Notts.

  88. pete h says:

    Interested in vol2 please – Lincs, England

  89. Steve Wright says:

    Volume 2 please.

    Aylesbury, Bucks

  90. Nick Bellamy says:

    Volume 2 for me. Suffolk, UK

  91. Joe Bilton says:

    Very keen on picking up Volume 2 when it’s available 🙂 I’m in Hertfordshire, England

  92. Andrew Purves says:

    I would like to buy vol2 I live in Perth Western Austalia

  93. Thomas Uhl says:

    Count me in for Volume 2 please.

  94. Rico Correa says:

    I’m interested in both Vol.1 & 2 Sir. How do I obtain them for purchase Sir? I’m in St. Cloud, FL, USA Sir. Thank you Sir.

    • Steve Lampon says:

      Hi Rico, we are currently sold out of vol I, when we get enough interest we will do a further print run. I will add you to the waiting list, at the moment that list stands at about 50, we need 100 people to sign up before another run is economical.



  95. Frank Martin says:

    Sign me up! I will need shipping to the USA.

  96. Steve Carroll says:

    I would like a copy of Volume 2.

    I live in London, U.K.

  97. Randy Miles says:

    Would love to purchase vol.2
    Loved vol.1
    I live in Hillsboro Oregon USA.

  98. Brett Kvisle says:

    I am interested in your book and I am located in Sydney, Australia

  99. Craig Sidham says:

    Very interested in volume 2 and will purchase once available.

    Penn Valley California 95946


  100. Carl.sinclair says:

    Interested Hampshire UK

  101. Shaun Watson says:

    Yes please

  102. Marcin Kmiec says:

    Vol 2 for me please – Poland

  103. Christopher Vasey says:

    Count me in for a copy. Love my volume 1!!

  104. Tom Desmond says:

    I’m definitely interested. Massachusetts, USA

  105. Bruce Romanick says:

    I am very interested

  106. Interested!

    Based in Portugal

  107. Mike Murpo says:

    I’m interested and am in Maine

  108. Duncan McPhedran says:

    Heck yes I’ll take one! Prince George, Canada

  109. Ken Welsh says:

    Yes please

  110. Lasse Badsberg-Hansen says:


  111. Joe says:

    Interested – Germany

  112. James Gregory says:

    Vol 2 thanks – Adelaide, South Australia

  113. Leif Plith Lauritsen says:

    Yes please … i’m in.

  114. Ian Roberts says:

    Looking forward to this. Looks great

  115. Gary Spencer says:

    Definitely interested in this. In UK Gloucestershire.

  116. Daniel Newton says:

    Interested please in updates. Western Australia based.

  117. I’m very interested by the volume 2. Philippe – in FRANCE

  118. Bob Deakin says:


  119. Mark W Wyrick says:

    I’m interested. Kokomo, IN, USA

  120. Andrew Fielden says:

    Yes, I am interested, got your first book and loved it.

    From Shrewsbury

  121. Richard Morton says:

    I am interested I have Vol 1

  122. Philip Taylor says:

    I’m interested in Volume 2

  123. Tarl K says:

    Interested in Vol II, located in the US

  124. Shayne Treasure says:

    Very interested in Vol.2 and also getting a copy of Vol.1 as well -Australia

  125. Andy says:

    Hi, loved volume 1, ready to buy any and all future volumes

  126. Bill says:

    Interested in volume 2 (London)

  127. Tomasz Rogowski says:

    Count me in! – Lodz, Poland

  128. Scott Parkinson says:

    Would love a copy of the second book. The first is great. I’m based in Australia

  129. Allan Doran says:

    Interested. Colchester, Essex, UK

  130. Patrick Connor says:

    Interested in volume 2. Based in Uk

  131. Mark Griffin says:

    Please put me down for a copy of Vol. II

  132. Topi Mikkola says:

    Interested in a copy. Finland.

  133. Khapooks says:

    If it’s anything as good as Vol1 them sign me up

  134. Doug Chamberlain says:

    Please take my money !
    Shropshire, UK

  135. Jan Groß says:

    I already have Vol. 1 and I really want a copy of Vol. 2. I am in Germany.

  136. Jay White says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed the previous book, looking forward to this one!

    Mayfield, Ohio (USA)

    Thanks for doing these and please keep up the good work!


  137. Keith Halsey says:

    Interested in Vol.2 but also any reprint of Vol.1 too please

    London UK

  138. Dominik says:

    Hi. I’m intrested in a copy of both Setting the Scene Book Vol I and Vol II. My location is Poland.


  139. Jeremy Walker says:

    Interested in Vol 2 , based in the UK

  140. Philip Payne says:

    Hi, I am in Somerset, England and I am interested in Volume 2.

  141. Andreas Debus says:

    Hi, I am from Germany and I am Interesses in Volume 2.
    Tanks a Lot.

  142. Leopoldo says:

    Hi Steve, I am definitely interested in a copy of vol. II! May we have an idea of how much it would cost? I am based in Tuscany (Siena), Italy

    • Steve Lampon says:

      Hi Leopoldo, not sure yet how much it is going to cost, the aim is to keep it at about the same cost as Vol I, however, I anticipate that Vol II is going to have about 50% more pages than Vol I – I haven’t finished the design/layout yet. The aim is to have the design/layout complete by the middle/end of September, then it needs to be edited. I will have a better idea of the final cost of the book + postage by the beginning of October. Thanks, Steve.

  143. Dennis says:

    I’d be in for Vol 1+2 and located in Germany.

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