Bruce Weigle’s Nice Terrain Tables

June 2, 2014, My terrain is much simpler than Bruce’s featured below. My emphasis is on flexibility rather than diorama-like beauty. I use a “European Fields” Hotz Mat over styrofoam “hill” contours. You can see a play-by-play of a game using this terrain in a Free eBook pdf (30 mini-pages) found here.

August 24, 2013, added a Free eBook pdf (9 mini-pages) explaining how Bruce makes his nice terrain featured in the photos below: “The Kissingen Terrain Board: Making a 6mm Miniature Battlefield” from photos and description he posted on the 3mm_miniatures Yahoo group August 21. (There is also a CWG-WW2 Yahoo group for Great Battles.)

July 17, 2012, I ‘met’ Bruce Weigle on the 3mm Scale Yahoo group when responding to his request for recommendations of a company-per-stand division-oriented WWII rule set for tiny-scaled miniatures (namely from 6mm or 3mm, that is, 1:285 to 1:600) wargames. My suggestion was Great Battles of World War II, by Bruce McFarlane.

The main appeal of the GBoWWII rules is the ability to play multi-day larger actions, 1″ = 150-200 yards …which is what some of us who also like Command Decision: Test of Battle (a different-scaled game, 1″ or 1 cm = 50 yards depending on your preference) with 1 stand=platoon for battles lasting about 5-6 game hours playable roughly in the same amount of hours) seem to trend towards but really big CD battles can take too long. And if a wargame battle lasts longer than the playing time allotted the first day, few players can agree on when to continue on a later day.

I have also trended towards putting more into terrain than miniatures, and since I liked his terrain tables so much I wanted to make a page to showcase them. — all the preceding was written by Game Design

Here’s something about the terrain expert: “I’m Bruce Weigle, and the boards and games run on them were all done for and using my rules on mid-19th century European warfare: 1859, 1866 & 1870 (grandtacticalrules.com). All the boards are 1:4000 scale (1 inch = 100m), based on modern topographical and contemporary maps, and I visited them all before I attempted to replicate them in miniature. The 6mm figures are all by Heroics & Ros, but I made all the building and trees, etc.”

1Als five small+ copy
Als five small- The Prussian amphibious assault on the Danish island of Als, in June 1864 (Second Schleswig War)
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Approaching Magenta VV – The converging French attack on Austrian-held Magenta, June 1859 (Second Italian War of Independence)
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C-47 and CG-4A – The arrival of the second serial of the 194nd Glider Infantry Regt near Wesel, March 1945 (Operation VARSITY)
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C47 Varsity 3 – Ditto, capture of bridges across the Issel River (this is actually the Magenta board re-configured as Germany)
1Champigny+ copy
Champigny – French attack across the Marne River at Champigny in December 1870 (one of their attempts to break the German siege of Paris, Franco-Prussian War)
1G Lsalza frm W copy
G Lsalza frm W – The Prussians are overwhelmed by the Hanoverians at Langensalza, June 1866 (Austro-Prussian War)
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Illo 2 – Italians and Austrians collide at Custoza, June 1866 (this was for an article for Dadi and Piombo Magazine on this Third Italian War of Independence battle)
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Illo 101 Gitschin board – The Austro-Saxon counter-attack against the Prussians at Gitschen, June 1866 (APW)
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Le Mans 3 – The last battle of the Army of the Loire at Le Mans, January 1871 (FPW)
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Magenta at Cold Wars 04 – Running Magenta at Cold Wars, 2004. I also had to make the flag, since I couldn’t buy one.
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Medole Plain from north – Fighting between French and Austrians in the Medole Plain, south of Solferino, June 1859 (the cotton marks the progress of the attack on high ground near Solferino, which was not played in this scenario (SIWI)
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Overselk closeup -The Danish outposts at Overselk, in front of the Danes’ Dannevirke main defense line (redoubts seen in background) February 1864; SSW)
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Palestro small 30 – Austrian attack on Piedmontese-held Palestro, June 1859 …lots of rice paddies and canals in this one (SIWI)
1PalestroS copy
PalestroS – Ditto, view across the rain-swollen Sesia River; note charge by the French 3rd Zouave Regt, foreground
1San Martino 2 copy
San Martino 2 – First attempts by the Piedmontese to storm the San Martino position, held by elements of the Austrian 8th Corps, June 1859 (SIWI)
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Skalitz 2 – The Skalitz board reconfigured as 1944 Normandy; each stand = 1 squad
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Skalitz Turn One positions- The same board as originally built, for the June 1866 Battle of Skalitz (Austrian VIII Corps vs Prussian V Corps, APW)
1Solf 2nd Corps copy
Solf 2nd Corps – Just a part of the enormous Battle of Solferino, June 1859 (SIWI)
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Worth 5 – A rainy, overcast day in Alsace: the Prussians and Bavarians surge uphill against the French defenses at Worth, August 1870 (FPW)

 

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