The fictional village of Studley Constable from the movie 'The Eagle Has Landed'. Note the Church centre top where the films climactic scenes were shot. Below that is the creamery where the jeep crashes and across the road to the right is the mill and mill pond, scene of the tragedy which uncovers Michael Caine's men as Germans.
The view from the opposite end of the table, giving a better view of the church and the pub opposite.
Despite being for WW2 and in 20mm this is actually close to my Oldhammer heart in philosophical terms. This represents hours and hours of work, not just the obvious painting/modelling and so forth, but it was also necessary to examine the real-life Oxfordshire village of Mapledurham (the location used for the movie) on Google maps, make small adjustments to compensate for the constraints of a 6' x 4' table, seek out and collect all the period appropriate buildings as well as scratch-building one or two features. The models themselves are resculpted to show the equipment and clothing of the film, not just used out of the box.
This deserves some thought on all our parts. There is no way this game could ever be played as a competitive scenario. It is a suicide mission for the Germans for starters, they are badly out-numbered, the narrow lanes and high walls of the village centre make for a very claustrophobic environment for troop manoeuvres and the tempting hide-outs of the central buildings swiftly become death-traps for the poor old Germans.
And yet, this is the best game I have played for about twenty years.
The simple driving ideas behind the scenario are lessons to remember. Use a medium number (we had about 65) of minis that are all fully painted. Have a table of really good looking and inspirational terrain, even if this means spending more time on it than the forces involved. Have a plot. Take it from a movie or book, rehash an existing scenario or if you are gifted that way think one up from scratch, but have a story to tell.
I don't mean to preach or patronise, but if you are not already doing this occasionally I can't emphasise enough how mind-blowing the results are.
And the title of this post? Well, it's no coincidence that the onset of this project happened at the same time as his third and youngest moved out! This is what we all have to look forward to apparently in the future, with hours of free time to potter about we can game like it's 1989 as much as we like!
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