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Apart from an update how things are going, this is mainly a Reminder: there are 18 backers who have not yet locked down their pledge in the Pledge Manager. If you count yourself among those, please visit as soon as possible the Urban Battlefields Pledge Manager, and follow the instructions you got in your Kickstarter email. The personal message/email was sent through the Kickstarter messaging system, so in case you have missed it, it can be found in your KS messages (or in your email inbox, during the 17th till the 20th of October 2017).
We cannot wait much more for late orders - we will have to close down the PM so we can finalise production. So the Pledge Manager will close down on the 28th of January 2018, in order to be able to start shipping base sets on May! For any latecomers, we will "open" the PM again in early summer...
Production of base Urban tiles continues unhindered. Your PM pledges showed a definitive preference for "Medieval" Themed sets (with "Modern" a close second) so we are preparing more and more 4x4s in the Medieval theme.
There has been a minor hiccup during the holidays, as one of the workshop rooms flooded heavily with the storms. However this does not affect greatly this project, as it was the work space for resin castings and we have already cast almost everything we needed so far for the urban tiles (although there is a general delay due to repair works).
Urban tiles in use - or, a glimpse of Awesomeness!
Last but not least: here is a chance for you to enjoy the fabulous City Canals & Harbours in play! We took the canals, tiles and harbour prototypes down to the club before the Holidays, for a Swashbuckling battle on a "Medieval" themed city setup. A feast for the eyes, the 4'x3' board accommodated a fight of the famous Musketeers vs. the Cardinal's Guard, resulting in an impressive post of photos as well as an excellent game.
We set the fight in Toulouse of 1627 with Luis XIII, visiting for the inspection of the first miles of Canal en Languedoc – destined to eventually connect Toulouse (and its river Garonne) with the Mediterranean. But the canal waters "hide" the mismanagement and misappropriation of funds by Cardinal's Richelieu people! (full post)
Musketeers Porthos and d'Artagnan lead a continent of their fellows to inform their majesties, as they exit from the morning mass held in the Basilica of Saint-Sernin. But the ever-present Cardinal was informed by Lady de Winter, and sends Count Rochefort with plans to stop them!
The skirmish was between two warbands, Musketeers versus Cardinal's Guard, with the main purpose of one routing the other. We used the excellent rules of En Garde, which capture the single-miniature swordfights' spirit admirably!
Needless to say, the Musketeers once more foiled the plans of the Cardinal and his lackeys and carried the day! You want more detailed info (and photos)? Check out our corresponding facebook or blog post (and be sure to follow us for more news and images)!
Games like this are actually the reason I started Pedion, and why our Battlefields exist – beautiful, diorama-like games, set-up in five to ten minutes, carried at your local club in any regular game day, and all carried away in three boxes. And at the same time, we enjoyed a solid, full gaming experience, where scenics were not "in the way" of the game.
Our best wishes for a great 2018, full of joy and gaming!
PS. Miniatures are from the collections of George Panopoulos and Panos Mountis, originating mostly from the Musketeers line of Redoubt Enterprises with additions from the Renaissance lines from Warlord Games. They were beautifully painted by Fedros Dimitriou, Andreas Panagopoulos, George Manis, and Thodoros Galanis. Buildings are mostly from David Graffam's excellent papercraft line, along with 3D UMBUM kits. Several details, like the market stand and the wooden pier, were created by George Manis and Andreas Voyadzis.
PS2. (historical) – the works for the Royal Canal en Languedoc commenced about 50 years later, destined to become Canal du Midi – but why let this stand in the way of fun.