Wednesday, 25 December 2013

The Bunzlau map

The fight at Bunzlau (present day Bolesławiec in Poland) was centered around two wooden bridges connecting the banks of the Bober to a river island, surrounded at west by the main river branch and at east by a small channel or millrace (German Mühlengraben). This island and a small hill, dominating the town from the south and the west (left) bank of the river, were the most dominant geographical features of the battlefield (see a map in this post).
Below you can see the area to be depicted in the tablegame. The red square shows the area covered by my tablegame at the same scale (1:1,000) than the map, The black square covers a larger area, that is necessary to include in the table the features playing a significant role in the fight.

Actual old map with the gametable at a correct (red) and an decreased (blac) scale
However, a further distortion was made to reduce the northern area where no fight took place, by the simple expedient of enlarging the map in the vertical dimension. The resulting and distorted (both in scale and shape) map is the following:
Actual map after enlarging the vertical dimension to reduce the non-significant northern zone
At last, the below picture shows a diagram of the table map, before to laid the actual scenery features (the fog of war can modify slightly the shape and position of some features). Some "possible fords" have been included, to add more spice to the game

Next, the rules for the Scenario

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