Some years ago I noticed sticking miss match of nicely painted miniatures and, frankly poor gaming tables we used to use. Our tables weren't the level of our miniatures and and especially not on the level I've seen in other clubs abroad. So more I was looking that more annoyed I became. There was something essential missing in this beloved hobby. Then after visiting Hamburger Tactica some years ago, decision was made. Next years should concentrate on making gaming tables up to a standard of our miniatures. And thus long term - strategic - objective was set, to make nice looking gaming tables in our gaming club with some like minded club mates. After all the hobby for me is about visual matters. About nice and well painted miniatures and lovely gaming tables, much more than just a game.
Previously I have published a story of making gaming table based on real scene of Continuation War battle Portinhoikka. This is now second table of the Continuation War series. Like the previous, this is also located in Karelian isthmus, place called Kuuerselkä. A place where Soviet attack on summer 1944 met strong resistance by Finnish jägers and assault guns. It was also a place where Finnish Stug assault guns saw their first action against Soviet armor.
This is a pictorical run down, how the table was put together with my club fellow, and put into good use in this years Ropecon gaming event.
|Work starting, cutting, digging and planning.|
|Basic features attached and over all plan forming up.|
|Crass mats attached and painting on the way.|
|Table almost done, now some detailing...|
|Aerial view of the table.|
|Placing additional scenery.|
|Houses in the middle.|
|Detail of dried pond.|
|Detail of rock and flowers.|
|Center of the table with creek and little pond.|
|Player brief of the game.|
|Some promo material of the game and the battle in question.|
|Finnish counter attack on the way.|
|Player pondering tactical moves.|
|Over all view of the dressed up table.|
|Hard thinking over a tactics on both sides.|