Monday, January 7, 2019

Climb Every Mountain...

With a horde of Tirolese rebels streaming off the painting table in the final quarter of 2018, they will need somewhere inhospitable from which to descend to plague the Bavarians, French, and what have you invading their homeland. Regular readers may be aware that I already have a fair bit of mountain back drop pieces - 2 tall mountains, 2 long mountain back drops, and a "lonely mountain".  I wanted to add to this to better set the stage for my Tirolese games. Thus the above pieces were added to my "Mountain" collection. 


A timely pre-Christams Lemax sale at Michaels helped a great deal - %40 off, and free shipping, too!
This  "Village Base" is a sort of plateau; suitable for, well, a village or other Alpine settlement.


Two "Medium Mountain backdrops". 


Two "Large Mountain backdrops". 



Here's another view of the five new sets laid out.



Each set comes with a small bag of wire "snowy pines", that can be stuck right into the foam of the pieces. Note that these "Mountains" might also be almost as well used lying down. with the straight "base " edge at the edge of the table, representing the foot of the mountains. These pieces (and the others I have) all have the "mountains" with red-brown rock, reminiscent of the American Southwest, whereas the rock of the Alps are decidedly grey in color. I will not be worrying about that myself, however!


Meanwhile, I am working on scratch building some Tirolese style buildings.,..

14 comments:

  1. Lemax trees may well work for you. Have you thought of model railway scenery to provide chalets and churches? Slightly smaller scale to your figures will look good.

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    1. Thanks; yes I did, and decided to go with scratch building them instead.

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  2. That’s one of my earlier questions answered. They look like they will work well, and at 40% off you can’t go wrong.

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    1. The only way I woukld buy them, but they should fit the bill nicely.

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  3. These pieces are useful additions as backdrops for a number of eras. Thanks for putting these on my RADAR!

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    1. Mountains have been in the background of battles back to Ancient times,, and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. I got my first set at a post Christmas clearance sale at Walmart or similar 15 - 20 years ago; see the next comment for tips about getting them from Michael's next year right around Halloween time!

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  4. Very nice terrain, Peter. I must check out this brand.

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    1. Michael's bills themselves as the World's Largest Lemax seller. Lemax makes seasonal buildings a bit like the Studio 57 ones, but smaller and much less expensive. They make other terrain items as well, that may be of interest. Sign up for the email notifications of the constant discounts Michaels offers. Discounts of 20% off entire purchase are common, with 30% discounts seen, but less often. Individual product lines my see discounts at the 40% level; I got my stuff during their 40% off Lemax sale the end of October.

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  5. Would work well as an altar for cultists or a cave for treasure hunters too, should pulp RPG action ever take your fancy!

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    1. Yes, some additional creative ideas for the terrain.

      Another use would be a take on the Sweet Civil War Gap Game - each side has the same or similar forces, and arranges them behind the mountain barriers in three groups, one group per "gap". The order they are placed in is the order of entry. A similar circumstance occurred during Bonaparte's 1st Italian campaign, as the Austrians sent forces via various Alpine passes into Northern Italy, and attempted to raise the siege of Mantua.

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  6. Nice bit of mountain! Sounds like a great price,400%off!
    Best Iain

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  7. I sense a Tyrolese Revolt game in the works in Bridgewater . . .

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    1. Most definitely... and at Historicon 2019, too!

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