Wednesday, 28 May 2014

"Operation Gericht": Partizan 1 June 2014


Just a quick update regarding the "Operation Gericht" game that TooFatLardies, Richard Clarke and myself are running at Partizan this coming weekend.  I’ve still to finish off the last of the French machine guns, which just need some webbing and the layers of Horizon Bleu. There is also a small French command group to paint, although I’m not sure if that will be finished in time – fingers crossed they get done as they should look quite fun on the tabletop.

There’s still a fair bit of work on the terrain to finish.

The game is set on the edge of the village of Fleury on the decisive day of 23 June 1916. Fleury is one of the “lost villages” of France – one of nine villages close to Verdun which were completely destroyed in the Great War.  There was no rebuilding of Fleury after the Great War, was never repopulated but is managed by a municipal council of three members appointed by the prefect of the Meuse department.   In every way, the village of Fleury died for France.



Although Ian Ousby, in his fine book “The Road to Verdun” mentions that in the early stages of the battle, despite shell damage, meals were still laid out on tables in the village homes, this would be a distant memory by June 1916. 


By then, according to Raymond Jubert, a veteran of the battle, the battlefield was a series of “melancholy little scenes and, in obscure corners, of little heaps in which one cannot be at all sure if the mud is flesh or the flesh is mud”. 

 
I’m aiming with the buildings from Fleury to try and reflect more of a shadow of what was there before, or a smudge on the terrain, than anything which looks like a village in a typical wargaming sense. It’s really a rather grim piece of terrain to want to model, but I’ll post the results in the next post (hopefully with, at last, the finished French machine guns).


28 comments:

  1. How fascinating, can't wait to see how you tackle this, but I'm sure that it will be magical, although probably not the right word - emotive perhaps? Best of luck Sir.

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    1. Thanks Michael! Possibly not magical, as you'll see from the photos. But hopefully memorable!

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  2. I must agree with Mr Awdry. Its the research that you and others in our hobby put into projects that I enjoy most. Particularly if it s a period I for example have limited knowledge on. It makes the whole thing so much interesting. Though looking at well painted figures and terrain has its own rewards.

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    1. Thanks Mark! Very glad you're enjoying it so far!

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  3. Good stuff , look forward to seeing it. Having been to some of the lost villages they are very emotive.

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    1. Dave, the lost villages were a big draw to me for recreating the battle. I'm hoping to add some more for teh Evesham game if I get chance.

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  4. Sobering to think a community which lasted for hundreds of years was annihilated in just two years of war.

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  5. Very thoughtful post. Look forward to see the result on the table.

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  6. Looking forward to seeing the finished result on Sunday

    Ian

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    1. Thanks so much for dropping by, Ian, and for getting your helpers involved! I hope they had a great time!

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  7. Very much looking forward to seeing it, Sir Sid!

    Simon

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    1. Great to see you again at the show Simon. I was struggling to get away and I missed Cremona. And seeing the photos online, I doubly can't believe I missed it! Next time, Sir, next time!

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  8. I'm very much looking forward to seeing your efforts Sidney and wish I could be there at Partizan to witness it all in its glory. Have a great time!

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    1. Curt...you were much missed! Thanks for everything!

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  9. Love your figure-painting and the report.I have added you to my list and will follow every step in the project! :)Keep up the good work

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    1. Very pleased to like what's here, Ptr. Thanks you and you're very welcome.

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  10. I am looking forward to seeing the pictures of the game, it's a part of the war I know very little about. I really should change that!

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    1. Alex, you're too modest, I'm sure, but I hope you like the game when you see it!

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  11. Are you planning on making any terrain to represent any of the forts (i.e. Douaumont)?

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    1. Hi Gunnar. Excellent question. Originally, I had intended to make the machine gun casemate from the Ouvrage de Thiaumont. I still might do that, but we thought, in play-testing, that it would just be too hard for the German players in a table top game to realistically make any impression on the German forts in the time we had for a participation game. What's more likely is that we will have a game set inside Fort Vaux (or, who knows, a better defended Fort Douaumont) later in the year - possibly modelled on a type of Space Hulk (from the GW game) action. That will involve building some odd scenery, but someone has already kindly given me a copy of the plans to the Forts, so stay tuned for that project! Thanks again!

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  12. Wow, that sounds really interesting and fascinating.
    I'm really looking forward to seeing your efforts come together. Hopefully I'll have the chance to see your excellent work on these WW1 projects personally one day.

    Good luck and a good time at Partizan !
    Stefan

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    1. Thanks Stefan!! I very much hope one day we'll be over in Hamburg, or that you can drop by one day to one of the UK shows! Otherwise, see you in Antwerp for Crisis later this year!

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  13. Shame I cannot see this game... Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Bartek....hope you like what we came up with!

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  14. I cant wait to see this tomorrow as it looks very interesting

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    1. Hi PK!! Thanks so much. Your game looked amazing, but we really struggled to get away for long enough to admire it! Are you doing any other shows with the cricket match?

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