DEPOT DE LA GUERRE

How to play "classic" wargames with miniatures


    "Sometimes I think war is God's way of teaching us geography."       Paul Rodriguez

  Amateur of wargame of any kind for a very long time, fond of history and cartography, owner of a specialised shop (roleplaying games, miniatures, wargames…) for sixteen years, I spent a lot of time developing and making wargame battlefields. Indeed, what is the use of spending so much time painting beautiful armies when you’ve got to manoeuver them on pieces of rug…

 Then time passing, having tried numerous rules and miniature scales without full satisfaction, I came to adapt board games and miniatures to play my favourite "classical" wargames (card board maps and counters).

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""In 1688, Louis XIV and Louvois created the Dépôt de la Guerre. Initially n charge of collecting archives produced by the Secrétariat d’Etat à la Guerre (state war office). Until its dissolution after the 1870 defeat, it will collect great numbers of documents from different sources (donations, purchases, spoils of war…), conduct studies from these documents for officers training ; and even carry out great cartographic works. The largest part of these collections were maps and plans.""

  The detail level of the settings is calculated to create a realistic aerial vision of the battlefield. The limits of the main terrain features are clearly defined, which gives a good understanding of the terrain nature. The different settings (buildings, forests, fields…) are flat and solid enough to resist the troops intense crossing.



   The three terrain scales I choose fit with most of wargames. The maps are geomorphics. Hexes measure 4cm from side to side, enough room to respect stacking limits.

   For counters and markers, I use diffferent scales and brands of miniatures. On the picture right side, you can see from left to right : napoleonic 2mm from Irregular, WWII 3mm from Oddzial Osmy distributed by Pico Armor, and WWII 6mm from Heroics & Ross.



 Below, my different counter sets (still unfinished): East front 1942/45 and napoleonic french and austrian armies. In project : napoleonic russian army, and medieval counter set to play Fréderic Bey's rules "au fil de l'épée".



    I made specific solid boxes for transport and storage. The counters are magnetic, the bottom of the boxes is metallic.