Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Travel Battle Campaign Maps: A couple of examples

I managed to spend an hour or so looking at the various combinations the TRAVEL BATTLE boards could be placed in, and produced the following mini-campaign map.


This showed that the concept worked, but I wasn't totally happy with the resultant map ... so I had another go and was much more satisfied with the result.


In particular the road system on the second map seemed to make more sense (a few less 'roads to nowhere'!), and there were areas where clusters of hills created obvious barriers to movement and manoeuvre. All I need now is my second game and I can begin to start thinking about running a mini-campaign of some sort.

TRAVEL BATTLE was designed and manufactured by Perry Miniatures, and the materials I have produced above are in no way intended to infringe their copyright, and have been created for my own use and amusement.

18 comments:

  1. That's interesting. My initial misgiving with the game was the lack of flexibility with the terrain. I'd be keen to see the results of your mini-campaign if you intend to share them.

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    1. Maudlin Jack Tar,

      I'm still playing around with the maps, but I hope to fight a mini-campaign once my second copy of the game has arrived.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. Bob,
    That's interesting. I also have two copies of Travel Battle on order from the Perry's. I found a couple of really nice pics of two sets fully painted on the Perry Facebook page. You may well have seen them, but I just posted them on my blog. They seem to be selling very well with many ordering two sets or more. I'm hoping for mine by the weekend.

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    1. 'Lee,

      I am still waiting for my second copy of the game to arrive. (I've just been in contact with Perry Miniatures because it is a week since it was despatched by them, but it has not yet been delivered.)

      I've seen the photographs you mention, and they are quite impressive ... and it is no surprise to hear that so many people are buying multiple copies of this game.

      I hope that your copies of the game arrive soon.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  3. I reckon I like you first map better, Bob. These 4x4 arrays give you 24 pairs - 12 pairs across and 12 down. So of the 16 permutations, you will have 8 duplicates. Nothing wrong with that, as each 'duplicate' will have different approaches, more than likely.

    I was about to say that in the latter map, all four quadrants are rotationally symmetrical, that is to say: rotated through 180 degrees they will look identical. But a check back reveals the same about the first map!

    Isn't that peculiar? Can that be avoided? I must look into that! Can I suggest taking the middle 2 rows of both maps and placing them together (A over B) to see what that looks like?

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    1. Just out of curiosity I thought I'd see what came up if I made some rearrangements of one of your maps to reduce the symmetries. For the sake of simplicity and to save time, I posted a quick article on my blog with such a map.

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    2. Archduke Piccolo,

      Funnily enough avoiding the symmetry that exists in the two mini-campaign maps is something that I have been thinking about overnight. It is difficult to achieve when you only have two different boards to work with ... BUT I think that it might be possible.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    3. Archduke Piccolo,

      I look forward to reading your blog entry about this, which I hope to do in the next few minutes.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  4. Bob
    There's lots of possibilities Bob. FYI have you checked with the Perrys regarding buying extra terrain tiles separately. They sell individual spruces for most of their plastic kits, so it's worth a shot.
    Cheers
    Peter

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    1. Peter Douglas,

      I may well do as you suggest ... once the second copy of the game has arrived. I'd like to see if I need another set or two of the boards before contacting the Perrys.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  5. Bob,
    Possibly as a coincidence to your review of the Napoleonic Travel Game- I'm in the throws of seriously thinking about ordering 10mm Armies (7Yrs War)...I have a yearning for small figures and reasonably big armies- seems it is the season to be bitten by the small figure bug! I'm Enjoying your coverage and thoughts on the Perry twins game. Cheers. KEV.

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    1. Kev Robertson,

      I think that the move towards smaller sized wargames is a lot to do with amount of time people have for the hobby, the amount of space people have available, and the growing cost of the larger sized wargame figures.

      Good luck with your project.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    2. Bob,
      I may even go as small as 6mm -oh dear- decisions. Cheers. KEV.

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    3. Kev Robertson,

      I do have two 6mm SCW armies, both made up from whatever figures were available at the time (the mid 1980s). They look just like painted blobs ... but they served their purpose and are still usable now.

      I am thinking about getting hold of some of the 6mm troop blocks made by Irregular Miniatures. Minifigs used to make something like that years ago, and en masse they look very impressive and are quite simple to paint.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    4. Bob,
      I have decided to go with 10mm for the 7Yrs War and am very pleased with my decision...6mm is a little daunting to me for painting details- though I do admire them. Baccus do nice 6mm. Cheers. KEV.

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    5. Kev Robertson,

      That sounds like a very sensible decision. I've never tried painting 10mm figures, but from what I have seen they look as if even a simple paint job will make them look fantastic.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    6. Bob,
      I have had some previous painting experience of 10mm figures - with 'Warmaster' Dwarfs and Orc Armies many years ago now. Surprising the amount of detail on 10mm figures - though from memory they are reasonably quick to paint. Cheers. KEV.

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    7. Kev Robertson,

      I look forward to seeing your finished armies.

      All the best,

      Bob

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