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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.
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.