Friday, June 16, 2017

THE FASCINATION OF THE 1:1 RATIO

It is true: it's really very hard to remake a battle at 1:1 ratio. Yes. Because when you decide to re-fight a battle you know that you also have to prepare 30.000 or even 50.000 paper soldiers.
I moved a little towards little engagements in order to minimalize the work. But the wors remains huge in any way.
I was wondering whether to change the ratio to 1:5; still I don't know.
Surely - and I hope no one will get offended - when I see the wargames boards filled up with 1.000 soldiers representing 30.000 men, well it seems to me like a pick-nick meeting with some funny "sbandieratori" from the Palio of Siena.
So I try to compare some pictures of the same event to give the idea of the differences: here I attach the diorama/wargame from the blog "Der Alte Fritz" (by the way it's really a fantastic blog, full of ideas and passion) just to give an exemple of the attack on the church of Leuthen
Risultati immagini per leuthen wargame
 Top: it seems that the battalion is around 60 figures, i.e. 1:10 ratio (already great ratio!)
Again. in the following picture you can have another example
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As you can easly see, each batallion is formed by about 24 figures, representing around 500 men, with a ratio 1:20.

Just to give you a glance for comparing I attach here some pictures of the same zone of the battle of Leuthen (the attack around the Catholich Church of the village) at 1:1 ratio