Gourbesville Final for Playtest

Les Surelles on the Gourbesville map, the site of my interview with Mr. Levavasseur this past June.
Les Surelles on the Gourbesville map, the site of my interview with Mr. Levavasseur this past June. Notice the OP symbol with an observation range of 10. Nothing really to remember or go back to the rule book here: there’s complete intervisibility for artillery observation out to ten hexes. Rest easy. Put the LOS string down. And, yep, those green elevation bars in Y27 are indeed an error!

Well, that took a lot longer than I thought it would. Here’s the new style. Not so much different from the old one, I admit. I tried to bring out the visual density of the bocage a bit more. I’m really not that far out of scale and, as the rules convention blocks LOS traced along a hexspine it should have minimal effect. An important revision was normalizing the elevation bars above the center dot. Now one level equals one bar. A chevron equals five levels. The center dot hindrance/blocking scheme is now coherent. Lower contour elevations were simplified after a second or third ground truthing. Presumably the differences owed to artifacts in the SRTM data which often occur in low-slope areas. I had hoped to use ASTER data to correct, but the effect is even worse!

Sèves, as I posted before, had to be completely redrawn due to a research error, but is mostly finished. St. Leonard will require some squinting at and a final consultation with a local historian. Beau Coudray requires nothing much, especially as I’ve simplified the OP rule: an OP will have a range number associated to it. Anywhere within that range is observable for artillery fire (in both directions). Simple. Done. Now for some fumbling in the VASSAL module, which I hope will not be too fiddly….

Les Surelles farm. Looking into the courtyard from the road.
Les Surelles farm. Looking into the courtyard from the road, vic. hex Z27.

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