First Battle of the Marne

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First Battle of the Marne

Post by monk2002uk » Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:30 am

Last weekend was the 100th anniversary of the First Battle of the Marne. A small group of us put on a wargame and then an exhibition of the battlefield. The wargame gave us a chance to try out the battlefield set up in advance. The town of Dormans, located in the Champagne region and famous for its beautiful chapel commemorating the First and Second Battles of the Marne (see here), gave us use of the local chateau for the wargame and then the chapel for the exhibition last weekend. There were seven tables, each measuring 4' x 8' for the exhibition. The wargame used only 5. The set up represented 60km of front, stretching from Nanteuil (where the Paris taxis unloaded men) right around to the east of the St Gond marshes. More than 22 box sets of Hexon II terrain were used to create an exact replica of the terrain in the area. I am putting the photographs together, along with some video walk-bys. These will feature the 10,000 6mm figures that were used, plus the other terrain features. I will let everyone on the group know when the material is ready.

Robert

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Re: First Battle of the Marne

Post by monk2002uk » Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:32 am

Meanwhile, here are a couple of photographs of the tables set up for the wargame.
Battlefield+Overview+2.jpg
Battlefield+Overview.jpg
You can just make out the edges of the Hexon terrain under the edges of the table cloths.

Robert

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Re: First Battle of the Marne

Post by von Klinkerhoffen » Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:48 pm

Looks good.

Interesting that you used Hexon terrain and then covered them with cloths?
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Re: First Battle of the Marne

Post by monk2002uk » Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:49 pm

Thank you. The view of all the tables in the same area is even more impressive.

The Hexon Terrain was brilliant for modelling the contours. I have some overhead shots of the whole set up before the cloths were laid over. With 22 boxes worth, it isn't the case that I don't like Hexon Terrain. I don't use hex-based rules though and my preference is to use the cloths to provide a different surface. Now I can create pretty much any WW1 battlefield in large scale. Next is First Ypres.

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Re: First Battle of the Marne

Post by von Klinkerhoffen » Fri Sep 12, 2014 3:21 pm

Should be interesting to see.
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Re: First Battle of the Marne

Post by Norm » Sat Sep 13, 2014 5:15 am

What a fab weekend that must have been, a true wargame fest. Also interesting to see the cloth over Hexon idea. All very good.

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Re: First Battle of the Marne

Post by monk2002uk » Sun Sep 14, 2014 6:31 am

We spent a week in Dormans the first time round in August. Then the long weekend over September 6/7 just gone. We allowed a day either side for the setting out and packing away. It was a fab time.

I have uploaded a more background information and some extra pictures. The page here has links to 'Planning for the Battle' and 'The Town of Dormans'. The next page is being worked on now and will contain photos of the set up phase for the wargames. I will post this link when that work is complete. There will also be pages on the wargaming and on the exhibition in due course.

The upcoming photos will include several views of the Hexon Terrain being set up.

Robert

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Re: First Battle of the Marne

Post by von Klinkerhoffen » Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:46 am

Nice update Robert.
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Re: First Battle of the Marne

Post by monk2002uk » Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:36 pm

There is a description of the set up process for the wargames here.

Robert

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Re: First Battle of the Marne

Post by monk2002uk » Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:49 pm

Here's another example of what can be put together at quite short notice now. This photograph shows the area to the east and south of Neufchâteau in Belgium. The town of Longlier can be seen in the distance. It was the scene of heavy fighting on August 20th 1914, in the prelude to the Battle of the Frontiers two days later:
Longlier from the South.JPG
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