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Jay W
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What are your favourite wargames for pure aesthetics?
 
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I think it's pretty hard to beat the Conflict of Heroes series.
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Napoleon's Triumph - which was designed with the aesthetics in mind.

EuroFront II - something about the tactile feel is just wonderful

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It may not look spectacular today, but back in the early eighties this blew me away :



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Edward Pundyk
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Amateurs to Arms!
Nations in Arms: Valmy to Waterloo
Napoleon against Europe
No Peace Without Spain!

All have spectacular-looking maps and counters.

Toulon, 1793

Has a map suitable for framing, although the counters are just average-looking.
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"Capitaine Conan," by Roger Vercel (1934).
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A recent addition to my collection is what I consider my most beautiful game:

La Bataille de la Moscowa (third edition)

The gorgeous map and the evocative counters are amazing.

(Image from Sandro Morga)

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Still one of the better map in my collection

(p.s. the pic is not mine)
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JimboThulu61 wrote:
I think it's pretty hard to beat the Conflict of Heroes series.


This and the Blind Swords System games with the gorgeous Rick Barber maps.
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I remember been stunned by this map when the game came out in the sixties.



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Pretty much any map by El Carto, from the numerous Napoléonic maps he's done to his fine ACW pieces (how many times has he done Gettysburg?!) and right up to WWI with Landships!.





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La Bat and all those beautiful counters is one of my favourites, but I love Battle Above the Clouds most of all...

(The Devil's Cauldron is a close third!)
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Pub Battles: Brandywine and Napoleon's Triumph.

Both for the maps and the wooden blocks.
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1) Any of the Clash of Arms BAR or La Bataille games.
2) The recently released Thunder in the Ozarks.
3) Legion Wargames' Toulon, Redver's Reverse, and the Indian War Series.
4) Revolution Games' Last Battle: Ie Shima, Battles of the Bulge: Celles, and Stonewall's Sword.
5) The Gamers/MMP's Last Chance for Victory, This Terrible Sound and This Hallowed Ground.
6) Compass Games' War in the Wind and Saipan.

Here are some examples (Last Battle: Ie Shima, Battle of Adobe Walls and Saipan: The Bloody Rock)

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Summer Storm: The Battle of Gettysburg

It has a Rick Barber map. He probably knows every blade of grass on that field and it shows:





Counter artwork:



The map looks good enough to frame. Some other dude thought the same:

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Napoleon Against Europe



Unboxing video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxewMRH4jlI&t=73s

PD: Does anyone know how to make this geek image larger. The game deserves it. Thanks in advance.

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eddy_sterckx wrote:
It may not look spectacular today, but back in the early eighties this blew me away :





Great Game! It was reprinted a few years ago in Japan (with superb graphics).
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airjudden wrote:

It has a Rick Barber map.


I am utterly in Love with Rick's maps and counters. A wave of delight pours all over me each time I lay my eyes on his graphical work.
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My fave box cover:



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Two games I don't own but want to, partly based on the beauty of their components: Band of Brothers: Screaming Eagles and Fire in the Sky: The Great Pacific War 1941-1945.

(Given their cost, if anyone wants to give a Geek a break, feel free to send me them )
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not my photo


Fields of Despair: France 1914-1918
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The work of Ania B. Ziolkowska in Supply Lines of the American Revolution: The Northern Theater, 1775-1777 always caught my eye. It is the reason why I purchased the game.

Actually I've enjoyed each of the maps from the Hollandspiele games I've purchased. I think most of them are clean and effective.

Blood in the Fog isn't beautiful but I love its design for some reason:


Finally, MMP and their Civil War maps. I love them.
None But Heroes:


Last Chance for Victory which is a Dean Essig map I believe:
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No discussion:



A really good historical map. I also liked




But the most beautiful counters/maps is certainly:







With these miniature paintings ... who needs miniatures ?

Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! (second edition) and Co.


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Ha, how I wish I could get my hands on Raid on St. Nazaire cool
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Rivoli 1797. I love the map graphics on this one.


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