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Sunday morning. School holidays so the kids are in bed and will languish there for half the day before they get up full of demands. Wife busy with her course material. Bereft of anything better to do, I decided to set up a wargaming diorama to show off my latest modelling efforts in buildings and to get the full protagonist company of The Last Valley war-game campaign on the table for a review.

And here it is. In the front is Ernat with his five picked musketeer bodyguards. Next is Dide with his 5 cuirassiers. Then comes Albergio with his mixed group of 4 pikemen and 6 musketeers. Then Gari with his 10 tough pikemen (I pick these guys for brawlers, actually). Jurisco is next with his body of 11 musketeers. And finally comes Eduare with his 3 scouting cavalrymen with mixed armour and equipment.

The military figures are a range of Renegade, Warlord and Old Glory. The many civilians around the joint, including the row of ‘ladies of negotiable virtue’, and the two kids taking their lives into their hands are from Megaminis. The roads are modular print of demand tiles from Lord Zsezse Works. The barrels are wooden beads.

The buildings are all paper model templates downloaded free from the Dungeons & Dragons site, printed colour then glued down on thick cardboard (I used the back boards of note pads that I had been collecting for a long time). The exception to this are the two large buildings. These were cheap wooden treasure chests that I bought from a two-dollor shop. The sort designed for little girls to keep their precious things in. Once the hinges and latch are off, I again printed out sheets from the D&D range, selectively carved them up and glued then directly on the wood, making easy equilateral triangles to form the peaks of the roof. Now the roofs can be removed to give a playable upper story interior, and the whole top layer can come off to give a ground story interior.

I’m pretty comfortable that I can now host an ‘urban’, village combat, with interior spaces for house to house action. To my eye, the main thing lacking from this rural scene is domestic animals.