You can download the official "speed play" variant for Altar of Freedom right here, absolutely free! This one-page PDF supplement provides a handful of rule revisions intended to take a large multi-player game, like our 3-day Gettysburg scenario, and speed up the game-play substantially. This supplement was written and designed by the original author of the game and involves no major revisions to the core mechanics of the system. Click below to download your free copy, courtesy of the official Altar of Freedom homepage!
Play the Gettysburg Scenario
Did you watch the Season 2 premiere on YouTube, featuring our interactive Gettysburg wargame? Almost 10,000 votes were cast before our game for a series of command decisions the players had to obey, but why don't you give this scenario a try yourself? Rather than take crowd-sourced orders from the masses, you can play the full scenario and develop your own battle plan! The free PDF is available exclusively for our "Free Stuff" page members. Thanks for joining us!
Welcome to Season 2
With our season premiere just days away, we're giving Free Stuff members an exclusive welcome video not publicly available on YouTube. Let's say "farewell" to the off-season and kick off a fresh slate of incredible wargame episodes--starting, of course, with Gettysburg!
Building Gettysburg: Week #4
Less than one week until our Gettysburg wargame event! It's crunch time here at the club as we race to finish this huge terrain project in time for the big game. This week we added the details needed to transform these felt boards into stunning battlefields. Fences are a big part of that, but at 1"=100 yards you can't represent fences in a traditional manner. Instead, we used a light brown marker to denote fence lines. Adding fences along both sides of each road has the added benefit of helping the roads stand out visually.
Next, we painted the streams, added flock fields directly to the felt with white craft glue, and tore up bunches of Woodland Scenics foliage clusters to glue down as woods. For this game, we are skipping "removable" woods and will simply move the miniature bases on top of the forest canopy. This saves time during the construction (and the wargaming).
For the final reveal and to see this stunning tabletop in action, be sure to visit Little Wars TV on July 1st, 2019--the 156th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Building Gettysburg: Week #3
There are two weeks left until we film our Gettysburg wargame event. With all the ground sculpting complete, it's now time for the major transformation! First, we spread a floor adhesive onto the polystrene boards and carefully draped a sheet of olive green felt over-top. The felt was gently smoothed out to avoid wrinkles and left to dry for two days.
Next, we lightly spray painted a few areas of the felt with a green-brown color where the woods and streams will be. Finally, we laid out the road network and painted on all the roads by hand. In all cases, a copy of the 1868 Warren map was kept nearby for reference. Return here next week for our final construction update before the big game!
Building Gettysburg: Week #2
There are three weeks left until we film our Gettysburg wargame event. Last week we laid out the tabletop features based on the 1868 Warren map and cut the hills. This week we've sanded down all the elevations, which are made from 1" thick polystrene insulation. Once sanded with the orbital sander, the hills were glued down and allowed to dry.
Over the course of two subsequent days, two rounds of latex caulk were smeared along the edges of every hill in order to smooth out the slopes and make them more gradual. Finally for the week, we used a Dremel to carve out the minor rivers that cut across the Gettysburg landscape. This completes the underlying terrain sculpting phase. Next week the real transformation begins!
Building Gettysburg: Week #1
There are four weeks left until we film our Gettysburg wargame event. Table construction began this week and members of our "Free Stuff" page can follow the progress right here! We're starting with the 1868 Warren map, arguably the single most famous map made of the battlefield. We are scaling this map to 1"=100 yards on a 8'x6' tabletop made of polystyrene insulation board. We had to split that board into two sections for transportation purposes.
So far this week we've transcribed the main features of the map onto our two boards and started cutting out the topographic terrain for the northern section. Plenty of work remains to be done! Next week we'll bring you more photos of the progress.
Remember--this will be part of an interactive wargame event where YOU can vote on the orders for Lee and Meade's army. Become an armchair general and go issue your orders right now!
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