The Cabin installation crew arrived as promised on 10th February, despite the weather and began construction. Mrs W thought that building an Ark might a better use of the wood rather than a Wargames Room! Based on the original programme cabin should have been built within 4 to 5 days - just in time for Valentine ’s Day. A great present for me but not quite on Mrs W's agenda for that day. However with the weather the completion date has now been scheduled for Thursday 20th. Fitting out will start to commence then too. I must admit the crew have worked in the most appalling conditions.
It has been a busy time for the builders sorting out the reinforced concrete platform for the War Room. It has taken two cement trucks to complete the job and required builders to pump the cement from the front of the house to the rear garden. Pictures attached showing the progress! A messy job to say the least. More Good news I have an installation date of 10th February for the War Room with the construction taking 4-5 days . So I will get my War Room just in time for Valentine’s Day - not quite what Mrs W had in mind for that date.
Work has progressed very quickly. The site is now completely cleared and the foundations have been dug. An earlier hiccup with Building Regulations dictated a deeper reinforced concrete slab for a base which resulted in much deeper footings and much more earth being removed. Latest pictures attached showing the steel required for the concrete slab and a few pictures showing the outline of the base which gives an indication of its size. The latter of which raised an eyebrow from Mrs W! The garden now is looking like the Somme in 1915.
We used a modified set of Pike & Shotte to use Noel’s excellent Foundry Renaissance figures to game an encounter between the Italian city sates. One side was elected to be the attacker and were given an almost two to one advantage in pike units (although inferior quality). The defenders were given a couple pieces of artillery and a few more arquebusiers. Deployment was done, one unit at a time with each side throwing a dice – the higher of which placed a unit.
The first shots of the game by artillery caused early casualties. The attacker moved his line of halberdiers and arquebusiers forward to engage and disrupt their opposition to soften them up for their pike. The attackers cavalry on the left flank however decided to have “a brew” for several turns before following out the C & Cs orders to attack thanks to some very poor command dice. The defenders threw in their cavalry on their left flank early and wiped out a few units before being routed by a mass of pikes. The attacker’s halberdiers and arquebusiers commander decided to have a long lunch for 5 turns and seemed incapable of ordering his units forward (again thanks to some appalling command dice rolls).
Finally the attackers left flank cavalry did move and swept away their opposition thanks entirely to superior numbers whilst the attackers front line finally engaged and weight of numbers told in the end. A valiant effort by the defenders but numbers won the day for the attacker despite their incompetent commanders!
A requirement for larger rooms for my children resulted in a "family" request to convert my loft wargames room into 2 bedrooms. Not wanting to be without a wargames room I negotiated for the creation of a new room in the garden. My architect called it a hobby room but more worrying Mrs W described it as a Garden Summer House! To save any further land grab from the family it was christened the "War Room" to avoid any confusion over its use. Although with the amount of cabinets being built to hold my figures and terrain it has been suggested that it becomes the Cabinet(ry) War Room.
After a year of work putting together plans for the loft, working out the war room size, layout what it looked like, getting planning permission, selecting cabin manufactures and appointing builders the work has finally started on the War Room - Saturday 18th January ( the day in 1520 that Christian II of Denmark & Norway defeats Swedes at Lake Asunde).
Attached are a few pictures showing the removal of the shed, the removal of he kids play house and the start of the footings.