Last month I unveiled the northern end on the Talavera table and the construction needed to create the northern valley and the Cerros de Cascajal and Medellin.
Given I intended to play through the next two scenarios based on the northern sector, I created a bit of terrain construction space in the project plan to put together additional items needed which included the Pajar de Vergara gun redoubt, additional stream sections for the Portina, covered in my stream building tutorial, extra road sections and some more small olive style trees.
With the redoubt and streams covered off I decided to take advantage of the excellent April weather we are having in the south west this year to build some new roads, based on some bought versions I already had.
Nothing very tricky here, just some cleaning cloths cut up into 50mm wide strips together with a couple of corner sections, covered in PVA based sealant that is put round bathroom tiles, mixed with a very fine sand to give a bit of texture. The sealant is already brown, but needed a touch of my emulsion, used on the stream sections to darken it down, and I ran my rut making device over each strip before they dried in the sun. The rut making device was simply three cocktail sticks taped together and drawn along through the sealant.
|The roads dried very quickly in the afternoon sun|
So with the bits and pieces constructed I thought it might be fun to get some of it on the table to get an idea of the final look, before it is graced with a shed load of troops.
|The view of the southern section of the table looking north. The German Division deployed behind the trees on the right|
|The British right flank, with the extreme right showing the enclosures of the outskirts of Talavera occupied by Portago's division.|
|The Pajar redoubt looking a bit sparse minus its gun crews, but will be a nice centre piece objective for this flank|
The olives are placed in the neat lines often associated with their planting and give an impression of the broken terrain, with limited visibility, that the German Division and Portago's Spanish will have to cope with.
|The open ground nearest to camera is where the Guards charged to far exposing Wellesley's centre|
|The view to the south from the foothills of the Sierra de Segurilla with Valdafuentes Farm nearest to camera|
|The view south from the French lines with Cerro de Casacajal in the foreground|
|The road to Talavera from Casa de Salinas|
|The outskirts of Talavera provides plenty of cover for its Spanish garrison|
|General Portago's view of the Pajar de Vergara redoubt and the roads in to Talavera|
Next Up the 2/4th Grand Duchy of Warsaw Infantry Regiment